The Starting Line

Team Buerkett

Long-distance running is not Ashley Buerkett’s sport of choice.

Although she’s run in the relay at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon each of the last two years, she really prefers a sport with a ball.

But she’s been training to run the half marathon at this year’s Illinois Marathon.


The Fit List

It’s Boston Marathon weekend! Good luck to all the local runners who will be competing in the marathon on Monday. I’ll be following the race online.


The Fit List

Run with Abe this weekend in Springfield, or compete in Champaign’s version of the Amazing Race next weekend. Here’s The Fit List:

Weekend of April 7-8:
Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
This race on Saturday in Springfield runs past Lincoln’s home, his law office, the Old State Capitol, and his tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery.


Mount Runmore

A running foursome who will compete in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon relay will be looking not only very fit, but very presidential.


The Fit List

The Fit List is back, after a long hiatus. Now that it’s spring, there are lots of runs in the upcoming weekends.
Here’s this week’s list:

Weekend of March 31-April 1:
— Illini Mentor Program 5K and Fun Run


Nutrition training

Alex Hill was right at home in front of a stove in the Training Table kitchen in Memorial Stadium, cooking up some jambalaya recently.

The dish is his specialty.


Monster month

Runners are everywhere these days.


Running role model

When Lisa Krause first began running in the spring of 2010, she couldn’t even run one block.

One year later, in April 2011, she’d lost 65 pounds and she ran a half-marathon.

She’d never been a runner but decided to become one when “I hit a certain number on the scale and knew it was time to do something,” Krause said.


20,000 miles and counting

Not long after Duane Schlabach began running, he started keeping track of his miles in running log books.

He'd add up the weekly totals as he went along, and he got hooked on setting a yearly goal – often 1,000 miles – and trying to meet it.

After a few years, he began adding his yearly mileage totals together and recording his “career miles” each year.


Runner's symposium this weekend

Runners preparing for one of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races this spring can hear information to help them in their training at the Christie Foundation’s Runner Symposium.

The symposium is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Christie on Windsor, 1801 W. Windsor Road, Champaign.


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