The Starting Line

The Starting Line

5K Championship Circuit begins this weekend

If you’re planning on running some 5K races this summer, you could be eligible for an All Area 5K Championship Circuit.

The championship circuit includes four races, with the first this weekend at Gifford.

The race circuit was the idea of Tim Weitekamp of Rantoul, who helps coordinate that city’s Rockin the Runway 5K.

The Fit List

This weekend you can choose from a 4-miler or 15K at the Steamboat Classic in Peoria, a biathlon in Newman, or several area 5Ks. Also on the Fit List in upcoming weekends: several races that are part of a new 5K race circuit championship.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of June 18-19:
— Newman Freedom Festival 5K and Biathlon

Helping out in Joplin

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about how runners can help with tornado relief in Joplin, Mo.

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