The Starting Line

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Good luck to all the area runners heading to Monday’s Boston Marathon! For the rest of us, it should be a great weekend for a last training run before next weekend’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Here’s the list of upcoming races:

Weekend of April 19-20:
Kola 5K Bunny Run


The Fit List

My favorite weekend of the year! I’ll be running the River to River Relay in southern Illinois — it’s always a blast. If you aren’t headed south, consider running the trails at Forest Glen for a good cause. See “Miles for Murelle,” below. Here’s your list:

Thursday, April 10:
Five-O 5K


'I don't like to be defeated'

Cole Hendrix was several weeks into the training program for what was to be his first marathon, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on April 26.

He was running 15 miles on a cold mid-February day, with temperatures in the single digits, accompanied by the other runners in his training group.


Enabled Abroad

I wrote about Rob Kozarek two years ago, when he was just getting started with wheelchair racing at the University of Illinois.


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There are a couple of good opportunities to run trail races this weekend, with the Allerton Trail Half Marathon on Saturday and Run Wild for Wildlife on Sunday. Here’s the info on those two and more:

Weekend of April 5-6:
Allerton Trail Half Marathon


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Good luck to everyone running the Mountain Goat hills this weekend. Here are other upcoming races:

Weekend of March 22-23:
Mountain Goat Hill Runs


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Your races for the weekend (and a couple more weekends after that):

Weekend of March 15-16:
Runnin of the Irish
This event includes 10K and 5K races on Saturday in Effingham. Your race entry also gets you a free beer after the race.
For more information, go to www.irishrun.com.


Oceans to explore

If all goes as planned, Sonya Baumstein will be setting out from Japan next year in a 23-foot boat, with the goal of rowing across the northern Pacific Ocean to California. And if all goes as planned, she’ll be the first woman to do so.

The 28-year-old Florida native already has:

— rowed across the Atlantic Ocean as part of a four-person team;


The Fit List

Here’s your list of upcoming races. I’ve added a presentation this weekend on incorporating speed training into your running. Sounds interesting; check it out if you can.

Weekend of March 8-9:
Earth, Wind and Fire


The Fit List

This weekend’s races include the Carle Resolution Run, rescheduled from earlier this year due to weather. Here’s the roundup:

Weekend of March 1-2:
Carle Resolution Run
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, starting from the Carle Forum in Urbana. The race is stroller- and pet-friendly (but pets need to be leashed).


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