The Starting Line
If you’re racing this weekend, don’t push it too hard in this heat and drink a lot of water. I’m hoping it starts cooling down some before Saturday evening’s race in Rantoul. Have fun, and have a happy Fourth!
Here’s the list:
Weekend of June 30-July 1:
— Rockin the Runway
If watching the Tour de France inspires you to get out on your bike, there’s a series of rides in Champaign-Urbana that might appeal to you.
OK, so we've got no Alpe d'Huez here, but there are plenty of nice, flat roads to ride on. Le Grand Tour de Champaign is a series of local rides that coincide with the Tour de France schedule.
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.