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My favorite weekend of the year! I’ll be running the River to River Relay in southern Illinois — it’s always a blast. If you aren’t headed south, consider running the trails at Forest Glen for a good cause. See “Miles for Murelle,” below. Here’s your list:
Thursday, April 10:
— Five-O 5K
Cole Hendrix was several weeks into the training program for what was to be his first marathon, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on April 26.
He was running 15 miles on a cold mid-February day, with temperatures in the single digits, accompanied by the other runners in his training group.
There are a couple of good opportunities to run trail races this weekend, with the Allerton Trail Half Marathon on Saturday and Run Wild for Wildlife on Sunday. Here’s the info on those two and more:
Weekend of April 5-6:
— Allerton Trail Half Marathon
Your races for the weekend (and a couple more weekends after that):
Weekend of March 15-16:
— Runnin of the Irish
This event includes 10K and 5K races on Saturday in Effingham. Your race entry also gets you a free beer after the race.
For more information, go to www.irishrun.com.
If all goes as planned, Sonya Baumstein will be setting out from Japan next year in a 23-foot boat, with the goal of rowing across the northern Pacific Ocean to California. And if all goes as planned, she’ll be the first woman to do so.
The 28-year-old Florida native already has:
— rowed across the Atlantic Ocean as part of a four-person team;
This weekend’s races include the Carle Resolution Run, rescheduled from earlier this year due to weather. Here’s the roundup:
Weekend of March 1-2:
— Carle Resolution Run
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, starting from the Carle Forum in Urbana. The race is stroller- and pet-friendly (but pets need to be leashed).
Aaron Pike’s training and racing for marathons usually consist of pushing along roads, often surrounded by Illinois cornfields.
This winter, he’s traded that for sliding on the snow.
Pike is one of three University of Illinois athletes who are trading in their wheels for skis to compete in the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, which begin March 7.