The Starting Line
The Top 10 list is a standard feature of year’s end, along with champagne and funny hats. Top 10 movies of the year. Top 10 news stories.
It’s no different at The Starting Line, except that I’m looking forward, rather than back, to tell you the Top 10 races you must run in 2012.
Not so many races this time of year, so The Fit List will appear sporadically during the winter months. There’s are several New Year’s Eve races to consider, and the Siberian Express in January.
I’ll be breaking out the Santa hat and string of battery-powered lights for an annual Christmas lights run to celebrate a friend’s birthday this weekend. Happy Holidays.
New Year’s Eve:
Thinking about curling up with hot cocoa and a good book? (After your workout, of course.) Or do you need a gift for an athlete in your life? I asked some area athletes about their favorite books in their sports. Here are their recommendations:
— Letitia Moffitt is a marathon runner and Eastern Illinois University professor, teaching literature and creative writing.
A new film on the Western States 100 race — “Unbreakable: The Western States 100” — will be screened tonight at The Vineyard Church in Urbana.
The Western States 100 is a 100-mile ultramarathon in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. The film follows the four top male runners in the 2010 race.
Hey, it’s December and still supposed to reach into the low 50s this weekend. Get out there and race!
Weekend of Dec. 3-4:
— Tuscola 5K Santa Chase
This 5K run and walk is Saturday in Tuscola. You can register on race day from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Here’s a link to the entry form.
It’s become a fall tradition for me to attend the NCAA Cross-Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. (known as Cross-Country Town USA).
The Division I championships are the Monday before Thanksgiving. I first went several years ago with a group of friends.
Race at Lake of the Woods in the Run for the Mahomet Library this weekend, or get an early start on Thanksgiving with a Turkey Trot in Decatur. Don’t forget Urbana’s fun run on Thanksgiving Day.
Here’s the list of races for the next few weekends:
Weekend of Nov. 19-20:
— Run for the Mahomet Library
We recently passed a milestone on my running calendar: the end of daylight saving time.
I’ve been counting the days, looking forward to the time change. I know I’m in the minority here. Most people hate to see it get dark so early in the evening.
But I can’t stand waking up when it’s still dark out. I’m a morning exerciser, and I’d rather not run in the dark.
Make your plans for a Turkey Trot before the holiday stuffing begins! Or ride Cranksgiving this weekend and give back by helping provide food for those less fortunate. Check out the races in The Fit List.
Weekend of Nov. 12-13:
— Schumacher Shuffle
This is an inaugural race at St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo on Saturday. There’s a 5K race and 1K kids fun run/walk.