The Starting Line
I’m heading out of Champaign this evening, on the road to Peoria with a bunch of other runners for the Champaign to Peoria St. Jude Run. This relay benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We’re leaving from downtown, right in front of Big Grove at around 6 p.m. If you’re downtown, come cheer us on.
I’d love to be running the mile in St. Joe tonight — sounds like a lot of fun — but I’m headed to Springfield to hang with Abe. If you’re doing one of the triathlons over there on Saturday, be sure to say hi.
If you’re not, head out to St. Joe tonight and see how fast you can go for a mile. It’s for a good cause — the entry fee goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
I’ve been doing more triathlons in the past couple of years. I enjoy them, but for a relative novice, race day is a little nerve-wracking. Especially when I see the other competitors with their wetsuits or trisuits, and their fancy bikes with the aerobars. I ride a 26-year-old bike that doesn’t even have clipless pedals!
Have a good weekend running or riding or whatever activity you choose. I’ll be doing a little of both, with some swimming thrown in too. And here’s your list of races.
Weekend of July 20-21:
— Run for the Bagel
This race includes 10K and 5K runs, a 5K walk, and a 1-mile run (timed or not timed — you choose). They are on Saturday in Mattoon.
Maybe you’re thinking about getting into mountain biking or triathlons. Maybe it’s time to upgrade from the three-speed bicycle you’ve been riding since middle school. Or maybe you want a higher-quality bike that will make riding with other cyclists more enjoyable and comfortable.
With all the options available, how do you choose the right bike for you?
For Jay Yost, cycling in the Race Across America has been a lifelong dream.
For Martin Gruebele, it’s part of a more recent passion for endurance events.
The two recently finished cycling nearly 3,000 miles across the United States as a two-person team in the Race Across America. The race started in Oceanside, Calif., and finished in Annapolis, Md.
It’s the Fourth of July edition of The Fit List. Holiday-related races start with the Kracker Klassic this weekend and continue through July 5.
Here’s your list of races, plus upcoming registration deadlines. Happy Fourth!
Weekend of June 29-30:
— Gifford Community Celebration 5K