The Starting Line

The Starting Line

At 80, remaining competitive and inspiring others

The fastest runners at the Shoreline Classic 15K race in Decatur in mid-September — those running five-minute miles — were introduced and received their awards.

Then came the age group award winners. But it wasn’t until Don Pratt of Monticello was called forward for his third-place award in the 65 and older age group that the crowd stood and applauded.

The Fit List

It’s almost mid-November and the forecast is for around 70 degrees on Saturday. Not too bad! Better get in a run in shorts while you still can.
Here’s the list of upcoming races:

Weekend of Nov. 10-11:
Schumacher Shuffle

The Fit List

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!

Walk while you work

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.

The Fit List

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

More Allerton race history

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 Fit List

There are lots of good events the next two weekends, and it looks like it will be fairly warm this weekend. So pick a race and go have fun.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of Oct. 20-21:
Oktoberfest 5K and Punkin Run

Quarter century -- and running

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.

R.I.P. Joe Seeley

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.

The Fit List

Sounds like it will be a great weekend for running or riding or just being outside. If you’re looking for a race, here’s the list:

Weekend of Oct. 13-14:
Women’s Fitness 5K