Terry Purcell is one of the top athletes in the world in a sport you’ve never heard of.
The 40-year-old Springfield man is a tower runner, and he’s won sprints up the John Hancock Center, Willis Tower and Aon Center in Chicago, the Empire State Building, and the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles.
It was a gray, drizzly Monday morning when Tony Mangan set out on day 100 of running.
His trip today would take him from Urbana to Farmer City, just a sliver of his goal of running around the world.
Next weekend, Anna Barnes of Champaign will begin in the first floor stairwell at the Hilton Springfield and take the stairs up, up, up 30 floors to the top, as fast as she can, trying to ignore her burning lungs and burning thighs.
Winter dumped several inches of snow on the area, making for a slippery commute. In spite of the weather, 15 dedicated exercisers were in the pool at the University of Illinois’ Campus Recreation Center East at 8:30 a.m. on a January morning.