The Starting Line
Every other weekend, this group of runners meets on a Sunday morning for a romp on a trail through a prairie meadow.
For the two-legged participants — all dog lovers — it’s a run with man’s best friend.
For their four-legged friends, it’s an opportunity for some exercise, a change of scenery and a chance to get to know some new humans.
It was 10 days after spinal surgery when Van Hartman first ventured outside his Savoy home for a walk. He went from his front porch to the mailbox and back, and felt “pretty shaky.”
“It blew me away that I’d gone from marathons to stepping off the front porch of my house being a challenge,” Hartman said.
Running in high heels? Ouch! Not me. I’ll be running in regular running shoes along the lakeshore in Chicago Saturday morning. But if you want to give running in heels a try, head to Tuscola.
Here’s the list of races:
Weekend of June 9-10:
— Marilyn Davidson High Heel Dash
A group of several dozen runners will leave Champaign on a Friday evening later this summer. They will cover 100 miles relay style, running through the night and arriving in Peoria late on Saturday afternoon.
They’ll be among 30 teams coming from various cities, and collectively they’ll have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
It’s going to be a HOT holiday weekend. If you’re racing, drink lots of water and be careful. They’ve already canceled Sunday’s Madison Marathon due to heat. Maybe stick with a shorter race this weekend.
Here’s the list:
Weekend of May 26-28:
— Navy Reserve Memorial Day 5K
Get off the roads and onto the trails this weekend.
If you like running on trails, consider the Buffalo Trace Trail Race this weekend. It’s a nice one, out at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet. Vermilion County has a run on a cross country course, and there’s a run on a bike trail in Decatur too.
Here’s the list:
Weekend of May 19-20: