The Starting Line
Runners, if you are training for one of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races, you might want to stop by the Christie Foundation's Runners' Symposium this weekend.
The symposium is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, and it will provide information to runners competing in any of the Illinois Marathon races on the weekend of April 26-27.
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.
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.
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.
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.