The Starting Line

The Starting Line

The Fit List

The Fit List took a rather lengthy summer vacation that has stretched into fall. But it’s time to get back to the races.

Tour de Farms

Cycling through the central Illinois countryside and enjoying fresh food produced by local farmers seems like a natural combination.

It's never too late

Olga Kotelko became an athlete late in life but she excelled, setting 37 track and field world records for her age group in her late 70s, 80s and 90s.

Kotelko, who died in 2014 at age 95, visited the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology in 2012 for a series of tests looking at her brain structure and function.


Two local adventurers traveled the Missouri River recently, paddling 340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles, Mo. They were competing in the Missouri American Water MR 340 race, or the Missouri 340, which bills itself as the world's longest nonstop river race.

Steve Butler of Urbana and Nathan Willard of Mahomet completed the race, which started July 28.

Putting treatment on ice

Say you rolled your ankle playing basketball, or you have a chronically sore shoulder after a tennis match or softball game. Or maybe you strained a muscle during a run.

You know the prescribed treatment for minor aches and pains and injuries: RICE, or rest, ice, compression, elevation.

Don't reach for that ice pack just yet.


When Maria Byndom of Urbana began running last summer, she couldn't run more than a minute at a time.

"I had just had my second child, and I wanted to do something that would allow me to be in shape and allow me to meet other people. Something that I wouldn't need a gym membership for. Something I could just walk out my door and do," Byndom said. "I was looking for a challenge."

A jog with your dog

When Bill Dey got his dog, Zola (named for South African runner Zola Budd), he wasn’t looking f

Along for the ride

It's biking season, and in the past few weeks I've been trying to get in as many bike rides as possible. I often ride with a group, where I have the luxury of following the route the ride organizer has planned for us.

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