The Starting Line

The Starting Line

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

The Fit List

Good luck to everyone running the Chicago Marathon this weekend! If you want a shorter and more local race, check out the list.

Weekend of Oct. 6-7:
Wooly Worm 5K
This is a 5K and a family fun run/walk on Saturday in Camargo. The race benefits the Playtime Cooperative Nursery School. You can register on race day beginning at 6 a.m.

Hit the trails

Most of my training and races are on the roads. But a couple of weekends ago, I ran a half-marathon on wide, grassy, hilly trails in northern Wisconsin. It was a beautiful fall day, the trees were turning colors and I was running through woods the entire way.

The Fit List

Fall is my favorite season for many reasons, but one is that it is such great weather for running and there are so many races! Check out this list — lots of options for the next two weekends. Happy racing!

Weekend of Sept. 29-30:
Wild Wild Wilderness

The Fit List

Today is Run@Work Day! I’ll be stuck in a car driving all day, but I hope you can find time to run, either before or after work, or during a break in your work day.

Stretching: The point

When it comes to stretching, I think I’m pretty typical of many runners. If I’m feeling good, I either don’t stretch or do only minimal stretching. When I have a nagging injury or sore muscles, I’m suddenly much more committed to a stretching routine.

Given the many runners you see stretching before a race, though, the topic is surprisingly controversial.

The Fit List

Here’s an abbreviated version of The Fit List, with just this weekend’s races. (Busy week.) I’ll be at Shoreline in Decatur on Sunday. If you’re not already registered, it’s too late, but consider it for next year. It’s a good race.
Here’s this weekend’s races:

Weekend of Sept. 15-16:
Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour

Crazy K donations

Nearly 1,500 runners got muddy last weekend at the Car-X Crazy K race at the Champaign County Fairgrounds.