The Starting Line
I’m looking forward to the time change this weekend, so we have a little more light for morning runs.
Good luck to everyone running the Monumental Marathon and Half Marathon in Indianapolis this weekend. Lots of local runners heading east for that race. Special shoutout to my friend, John M., who is running his first marathon. Good luck, John!
Even though he has a desk job, Sean Williams gets in at least a couple of miles of walking during his workday.
Williams, who works in public relations for Carle Foundation Hospital, walks while he makes phone calls, does paperwork or works on the computer. He uses a treadmill workstation, one of two that Carle has for employees.
Are you running in costume this weekend? I will be, at the Screaming Pumpkin relay tonight and Allerton on Sunday. Send me a photo of you running in costume and I’ll post it.
Here’s the list for this weekend and next:
Weekend of Oct. 26-28:
— Allerton Trail Run
The Allerton Trail Run will celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend. The race is Sunday at Allerton Park.
I wrote about the race recently, but at the time I hadn’t tracked down any of the founders of the race, a couple of whom now live out of state.
The Allerton Trail Run is an annual tradition for many of the 500 or so runners it attracts from throughout central Illinois.
It’s a great setting: The trail goes through the woods, along the banks of the Sangamon River, past some of the statuary and gardens of Allerton Park, to finish in the meadow with a post-race brunch.
Very sad news – Joe Seeley passed away this weekend.
Joe was a longtime runner, youth soccer coach, a key part of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon organization, a Human Kinetics employee, and a husband and father.
He was a strong supporter of local running and youth soccer. He touched many lives in the community, and he will be missed.
Good luck to everyone running the Chicago Marathon this weekend! If you want a shorter and more local race, check out the list.
Weekend of Oct. 6-7:
— Wooly Worm 5K
This is a 5K and a family fun run/walk on Saturday in Camargo. The race benefits the Playtime Cooperative Nursery School. You can register on race day beginning at 6 a.m.
Most of my training and races are on the roads. But a couple of weekends ago, I ran a half-marathon on wide, grassy, hilly trails in northern Wisconsin. It was a beautiful fall day, the trees were turning colors and I was running through woods the entire way.