The Starting Line
Bonnie McElwee can cross another athletic adventure off her to-do list.
The Urbana woman spent much of the summer bicycling across the United States.
It’s something she’s wanted to do for 30 years, ever since she saw a group of cross-country riders come through Champaign-Urbana. She told herself, “I want to do that when I retire.”
The Fit List is all about the bike rides this weekend. I’ve not done any of these rides before, but they all sound like fun. If you ride one of them, let me know how you like it.
Here’s the list:
Weekend of Oct. 1-2:
— Prairie Pedal
This Sunday ride is a fundraiser for the Macon County Conservation Foundation.
This weekend is the 26th Women’s Fitness Run — the oldest event in the area and one that benefits the Center for Women in Transition and the Crisis Nursery.
This women-only race is Sunday at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. There’s a 5K run, a 5K fitness walk and a kids’ dash for kids under age 12.
The race always has unique awards.
When Stephanie Baliga runs the Chicago Marathon next month, she’ll have a time goal in mind. But more importantly for the former University of Illinois cross-country runner, she’ll be raising money to renovate a church that serves a poor west Chicago neighborhood.
I love that there are so many fall races and rides to choose from. I’ll be in Decatur on Sunday for the Shoreline Classic. Registration has closed for that race, but there are plenty more to choose from. Check out the list:
Weekend of Sept. 17-18:
— Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour
This weekend you can run to remember the heroes of 9/11, or to support women with breast cancer or people with autism. You can also bike Springfield or run the brick streets of Arcola.
So many races this time of year! Choose one and have fun.
Weekend of Sept. 10-11:
— Arcola Broom Corn Festival 10K and 5K
Jim and Jay Yost rode through the villages of northwestern France on their bicycles recently, as spectators lined the streets and applauded, offered water and kept cafes open in the wee hours of the night for weary cyclists who might want a sandwich or drink.
The Yosts’ ride at times felt like that more famous bike race.
There are plenty of races this holiday weekend. If you’re running one on Saturday, it could feel pretty toasty. But by Monday’s Rat Race in Arthur, it should be nice and cool.
Here’s what’s coming up this weekend, and the following two weekends.
Weekend of Sept. 3-5:
— Sweetcorn 5K Classic
If you’re headed out to watch the Illini Challenge cross-country meet Friday evening, look for some area runners representing the Second Wind Running Club in the meet.
The meet allows unattached collegiate and post-collegiate runners to compete.