The Starting Line
Mountain bikers who ride at Kickapoo State Recreation Area will find some significant changes this spring to one well-used section of trail.
The trail has been changed to make it easier for riders of different abilities to negotiate, and it is now more sustainable — it was rebuilt to minimize soil erosion and will need less maintenance in the future.
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.