The Starting Line
When Erica Cromwell swam for the University of Tampa, she was a sprinter, swimming the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events — in about 25 and 55 seconds, respectively — in a heated pool.
Earlier this month, the Monticello woman completed a far different kind of swim.
Win a broom in Arcola’s race or ride in past historic sites in Springfield. Here’s your list of activities for the next couple of weekends:
Weekend of Sept. 7-8:
— Arcola Broom Corn Festival 5K and 10K
These races in Arcola are Saturday. There’s also a 5K recreational walk. There’s chip timing for this race this year.
Tonight is the Illini Challenge cross county meet at the UI Arboretum. Several members of the CU Racing team will be running against the Illini teams. The women’s race starts at 6:30 p.m. and the men’s race at 7 p.m. Go out and cheer them on.
If you’re looking for a race during the holiday weekend, look no further. Here’s your list:
Weekend of Aug. 31-Sept. 2:
Cyclists from around the state will be in Champaign County this weekend for the Illinois State Time Trial Championships.
It will be the first time the event has been held in central Illinois. A local racing team, Scarlet Fire Racing, won the chance to organize the race through a competitive bidding process by the Illinois State Cycling Association.
What an August! It’s great running weather — feels more like fall. Great weather for some PRs at the Mahomet half marathon this weekend.
Here’s your list of races:
Weekend of Aug. 17-18:
— Mahomet Half Marathon and 5K
These races are Saturday in Mahomet and they benefit the Mahomet Area Youth Club.
I’ve run a LOT of races. But as many charities as there are associated with marathons, half marathons and other races, I’d never run an event to raise money for a cause until this year.
I joined the Champaign to Peoria St. Jude Run this year. The 35 runners started out Friday evening, Aug. 2, and ran 102 miles from Champaign to Peoria, arriving there late Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3.