The Starting Line
When Richard Harden first heard about the Hilly Hundred bicycle ride in Indiana, he was more than up for the challenge.
“A lot of people who are into cycling are like sled dogs. Put a challenge before them and they are panting and ready to go try it,” Harden said. “I heard there are a lot of steep, challenging hills and pretty scenery, and I said, ‘Sure, count me in.’ ”
On most days after school, dozens of elementary-age girls gather at the Stephens Family YMCA or at several elementary schools in Champaign and Urbana. They talk, warm up and play running games.
They are training to run a 5K in November. More importantly, though, they are learning about themselves.