The Starting Line

Seeing red on the run

On the occasion of Pat Mills’ 60th birthday party this past weekend, the partygoers carefully selected their attire for the evening.


The Fit List

Head out to Mahomet this weekend for its annual half-marathon and 5K. Get ready for the Crazy K the next weekend. And there are lots of races to choose from during Labor Day weekend.
Here’s the info:

Weekend of August 20-21:
— Mahomet Half-marathon and 5K


The Fit List

I’ve always wanted to ride the C-U Across the Prairie, but every year I have some commitment that keeps me from doing it. It’s no different this year. Wish I could ride it, but for those who will be out there, have fun.
It’s not the only ride this weekend. There’s also a couple of tris and several 5Ks.
Here’s the list.


Serious about swimming

Elizabeth Wensel is at Sholem Aquatic Center every morning, 10 minutes before it opens at 6:30 a.m., and the lap lane at the far end of the pool belongs to her for the hour-plus it takes her to swim her mile.

The 76-year-old has been swimming regularly for almost two decades, but about six years ago, she stepped it up.


The Fit List

If you aren’t signed up to do the Champaign Park District’s Mini-Tri on Saturday, come out and cheer on the participants. The swim gets started at 7:30 a.m. at Sholem Aquatic Center, and you can watch folks bike and run around Centennial Park.

Here’s the rest of the action this weekend and next:

Weekend of August 6-7:

— Run for Raley


The Fit List

Anybody else doing one of the Springfield tris this weekend? How about a century bike ride in McLean County? There’s a couple 5Ks to choose from as well.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of July 30-31:
— Springfield Tri Fest
The Iron Abe Olympic Triathlon and the Stoneman Sprint Triathlon are on Saturday in Springfield.


Family with footspeed

If you run any 5K races in the area, chances are good you’ve seen the Franklins — dad Jason and daughters Jessica, Amanda and Alexa — running in their bright green T-shirts.


The Fit List

There are a couple of 5K runs this weekend, if you can stand the heat, and more runs, triathlons, a century bike ride and an open water swim coming up in the next few weekends. Check them out:

Weekend of July 23-24:
— Run for the Bagel


5K race circuit winners

The first-time All Area 5K Championship Circuit concluded this past weekend with the Fisher Fair 5K. And the men’s championship came down to the wire.


The Fit List

Hopefully it won’t be sweltering for anyone running the Fisher Fair 5K this weekend, doing the Evergreen Lake tri, or whatever it is you’re planning. Here’s the Fit List. See you at the races!

Weekend of July 16-17:

— Fisher Fair 5K


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