The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Local swimmer, teammates tackle English Channel

When Erica Cromwell swam for the University of Tampa, she was a sprinter, swimming the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events — in about 25 and 55 seconds, respectively — in a heated pool.

Earlier this month, the Monticello woman completed a far different kind of swim.

The Fit List

This weekend is the CarX Crazy K, and I’ll be rooting for Team Run for Danny! Here’s your list of other races coming up:

Weekend of Sept. 21-22:
CarX Crazy K

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I’m looking forward to Shoreline in Decatur this weekend (sorry, registration is closed for it) and running in some cooler weather. Here’s what else is going on:

Weekend of Sept. 14-15:
Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour

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Win a broom in Arcola’s race or ride in past historic sites in Springfield. Here’s your list of activities for the next couple of weekends:

Weekend of Sept. 7-8:
Arcola Broom Corn Festival 5K and 10K
These races in Arcola are Saturday. There’s also a 5K recreational walk. There’s chip timing for this race this year.

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Tonight is the Illini Challenge cross county meet at the UI Arboretum. Several members of the CU Racing team will be running against the Illini teams. The women’s race starts at 6:30 p.m. and the men’s race at 7 p.m. Go out and cheer them on.
If you’re looking for a race during the holiday weekend, look no further. Here’s your list:

Weekend of Aug. 31-Sept. 2:

Ready to roll

Cyclists from around the state will be in Champaign County this weekend for the Illinois State Time Trial Championships.

It will be the first time the event has been held in central Illinois. A local racing team, Scarlet Fire Racing, won the chance to organize the race through a competitive bidding process by the Illinois State Cycling Association.

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I’m riding on Saturday morning in the C-U Across the Prairie ride. See you on the roads if you’ll be out there too. Here’s your list of races for the next few weekends:

Weekend of Aug. 24-25:
C-U Across the Prairie

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What an August! It’s great running weather — feels more like fall. Great weather for some PRs at the Mahomet half marathon this weekend.
Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of Aug. 17-18:
Mahomet Half Marathon and 5K
These races are Saturday in Mahomet and they benefit the Mahomet Area Youth Club.

Peoria or bust

I’ve run a LOT of races. But as many charities as there are associated with marathons, half marathons and other races, I’d never run an event to raise money for a cause until this year.

I joined the Champaign to Peoria St. Jude Run this year. The 35 runners started out Friday evening, Aug. 2, and ran 102 miles from Champaign to Peoria, arriving there late Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3.

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I’m looking forward to cheering on the ultrarunners at Howl at the Moon this weekend. Good luck in your races this weekend, whether you’re running for eight hours or running a 5K.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of Aug. 10-11: