The Starting Line
These three runners found themselves sidelined by a medical emergency and injuries, but they will all be at the starting line for one of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races this weekend. Their goals range from simply finishing to qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
Here are their stories of how they dealt with the setbacks and came back to running and racing.
Good luck to all the area runners heading to Monday’s Boston Marathon! For the rest of us, it should be a great weekend for a last training run before next weekend’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Here’s the list of upcoming races:
Weekend of April 19-20:
— Kola 5K Bunny Run
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;