The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Better in the long run

Tony Hillen will pin on a bib number for the first time in late April and run the 5K and the half marathon at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

They’ll be his first-ever races. And the runner lining up at the start line will be a leaner, fitter Tony Hillen.

The Fit List

This is the weekend for the new Allerton Trails Half Marathon and 10K. If you’re running one of those races, I’ll see you at the finish line, where I’m volunteering. And if you’re looking for a race in the upcoming weekends, here are a few suggestions:

Weekend of April 6-7:
Allerton Trails Half Marathon and 10K Race

The Fit List

The Fit List is back from vacation, and the race calendar is filling up! Here’s what’s coming up in the next few weekends:

Weekend of March 30-31:
April Fools 5K

Volunteering is its own reward

One of Bridgett Wakefield’s favorite moments as a volunteer for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon came when Memorial Stadium was nearly empty. Most of the racers had finished, and race officials were packing up their equipment.

Caving to peer pressure

The cyclists on this bike ride might be riding in central Illinois, but they are negotiating courses with a couple thousand feet in elevation change and hills with up to a 15 percent grade.

They have varying levels of speed, but they ride next to each other, chatting throughout the one to two hours on their bikes.

The Fit List

I’m looking forward to the race calendar starting to pick up steam for the spring. Here’s what I’ve got for the next couple of weekends:

Weekend of March 2-3:
Miller Park Zoo Stampede

Mastering cross country

When Randy Stearns ran an 8-kilometer cross country race earlier this month, he was competing against some of the best over-40 runners in the country.

Runner's symposium

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.

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