The Starting Line
Fall is my favorite season for many reasons, but one is that it is such great weather for running and there are so many races! Check out this list — lots of options for the next two weekends. Happy racing!
Weekend of Sept. 29-30:
— Wild Wild Wilderness
When it comes to stretching, I think I’m pretty typical of many runners. If I’m feeling good, I either don’t stretch or do only minimal stretching. When I have a nagging injury or sore muscles, I’m suddenly much more committed to a stretching routine.
Given the many runners you see stretching before a race, though, the topic is surprisingly controversial.
Here’s an abbreviated version of The Fit List, with just this weekend’s races. (Busy week.) I’ll be at Shoreline in Decatur on Sunday. If you’re not already registered, it’s too late, but consider it for next year. It’s a good race.
Here’s this weekend’s races:
Weekend of Sept. 15-16:
— Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour
Joe Seeley has been an ambassador for running and youth soccer in Champaign-Urbana. He’s encouraged new runners, provided vital behind-the-scenes assistance with the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon and shown kids how fun soccer can be — all in his laid-back, unassuming kind of way.
The triathlon I was going to do this weekend has already been canceled. I’d suggest checking a race website or making a call before heading out to a race this weekend, just in case it’s rained out.
Hopefully the weather will hold out so some of these races can go off.
Weekend of Sept. 1-3:
— Arthur Cheese Festival Rat Race
Some good bike rides coming up, including the C-U Across the Prairie ride on Saturday morning. Lots of running too. Here’s the list:
Weekend of Aug. 25-26:
— C-U Across the Prairie
The Prairie Cycle Club’s annual ride is Saturday and it leaves from Urbana this year, to coincide with the Sweet Corn Festival.