The Starting Line (June 2010)
If, like me, you’re itching to get out the tent and do some camping, you might want to head to Champaign Surplus Thursday evening.
The store is hosting Backpacker magazine’s “Get Out More” tour, where you can see all kinds of cool outdoor gear and learn a little about outdoor skills.
There are a lot of opportunties for you to run or ride with Dad this weekend.
You can team up for a biathlon relay in Newman on Saturday.
The Newman Freedom Festival includes a 5K run and walk, and a biathlon with a 5K run and 12-mile bike ride. You can do the biathlon events as an individual, or team up with Dad or another athlete to do it as a relay.
How do you train to climb a mountain when you live in central Illinois?
“The best way to train is to go hike in the mountains, and that we just can’t do here,” said Lynn Wachtel of Champaign.
Nevertheless, she and Lori Melchi of Savoy are finding ways to prepare for their July climb up 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
I wrote last week, in this story, about the ways in which running shoes, t-shirts and medals are recycled or reused.
One of the organizations I mentioned that collects new and used shoes for people in need around the world is Soles4Souls.