The Starting Line

The allure of Allerton

With the reopening last fall of the south entrance bridge at Allerton Park near Monticello, Dean Hixson saw an opportunity.

The park is Hixson’s favorite place to run, and when the bridge was reopened after 11 years, the Monticello resident thought he’d get together a group of friends and do a run that encompassed the trails on both sides of the Sangamon River.


The Fit List

Good luck to those of you heading to Charleston this weekend for the Mid-Winter Classic. Here’s a list of races for the month:

Weekend of Feb. 2-3:
Charleston Challenge Mid-Winter Classic


BQ or bust

Several runners I know have qualifed for the Boston Marathon in the last few months.

I'm excited for them, and it's got me thinking about running Boston a couple of years ago and what a wonderful experience it was.


In-your-face soccer

It’s a fast-paced game with lots of goals, the players battling each other for the ball all over the field, plays being made off the boards and fans right on top of the action.

Sound like soccer?

It’s indoor soccer, and it’s a completely different game than the outdoor version, say several local coaches and soccer enthusiasts.


Joe's race

A race organized for more than 20 years by Human Kinetics is being renamed in honor of a late employee who was a strong advocate of running.


Ride On

On occasion, when Rob Kanter was leaving for work on a not-so-nice day, his wife would ask, “You’re not going to ride to campus today, are you?”

Kanter would answer, “Only a lunatic would bike in this weather!”

Then he’d head out the door, hop on his bike and pedal to work.

It became a family joke.


The Fit List

It may be cold out, but there are still races going on. Here’s a look at the next month:


I resolve to ...

Call it a birthday resolution.

When Tony Hillen turned 29 shortly before Christmas 2011, he resolved he would not be overweight when he hit 30. He weighed 295 pounds, and he set a goal of losing 100 pounds during the next year.

When he weighed in a couple of weeks ago, as he was about to turn 30, he’d lost more than 115 pounds.

Time for a new goal.


The Fit List, New Year's edition

Happy New Year from The Fit List!
Here’s a rundown of New Year’s Eve races in the area, so you can end 2012 right, and a trail race the first weekend in January, to start your 2013 racing:

New Year’s Eve:
Body n’ Sole Sports New Year’s Eve Fun Run


40 for 40

Last week I wrote about Kurt Austin, who ran 12 half marathons or marathons, one each month, in 2012.

He’s not the only local runner who had a big racing goal for 2012.

Joe and Kelly Bails of Mahomet marked their 40th birthdays this year by running 40 races.


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