The Starting Line

Women's Night at Champaign Cycle

One of my goals this summer is to learn to change a flat bike tire.

I’m not a big cyclist, but I’d like to do more biking and this seems like a pretty basic skill that I should have.


Pool rules

School is out, it finally feels like summer, and the swimming pools are jam-packed with kids.

Nothing beats playing in the water to cool off on a summer afternoon.


Runners helping in Joplin

One of my fellow reporters, Mary Schenk, wrote a cool story for Friday’s paper about some local people who are going to Joplin, Mo., next week to volunteer at the animal shelter there.


The Fit List

Run on the country roads surrounding Sidney this weekend, or on the paths at a nature center in Mattoon. There are plenty of races to choose from in upcoming weekends. Here’s the list:

Weekend of June 4-5:
— Countryside 10K


Non-alcoholic beer is good for marathoners

If you’re a marathon runner, drinking some non-alcholic beer is good for you, according to a new study.

The study shows that non-alcoholic beer reduces inflammation and upper respiratory tract infections, the latter of which often increase with strenuous exercise.


Rules of the Road

I just bought myself a used, single-speed bike with a big, comfy seat, and I’m hoping to spend more time this summer biking around town.

Champaign and Urbana have been working to make the cities more bicycle-friendly, with bike lanes and sharrows established on many city streets.


The Fit List

Enjoy your holiday weekend and run a memorial 5K. There’s a Navy memorial race in Decatur and a 5K in Danville benefiting veterans’ care. Or, if you’re into multi-sport events, there’s a triathlon in Mattoon and a biathlon in Springfield.
Here’s the list.

Weekend of May 28-30:
— Navy Memorial 5K


The Fit List

This weekend you can run the trails at Lake of the Woods, ride the streets of Champaign, or run on a cross-country course in Danville to raise money for a kids running program. Here’s the list:

Weekend of May 21-22:
— Buffalo Trace Trail Race


Running program for athletes with disabilities successful

A program created almost two years ago to introduce athletes with disabilities to running has been successful enough to add a spring training session this year.

The running program, through Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation, helped train eight athletes for a 5K this spring. They ran at the Kirby Derby in Monticello last weekend.


Healthier Habits

The employees at the Board of Certified Safety Professionals took a midday break earlier this month for a game of kickball.


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