If you pay attention to triathlons, you probably know the Ironman World Championship was held in Kona, Hawaii this past weekend.
An Ironman event consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. That’s 140.6 miles of effort, so it’s a pretty exclusive group of people doing these.
Get your pink on and ride this weekend.
A Breast Cancer Awareness Ride on Saturday is one of more than 100 rides at Trek dealers in the U.S. and Canada to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise money for breast cancer research.
So what do you get when you buy a marathon?
“We bought a 6 x 10 trailer, 500 cones, and about 30 metal signs,” joked Mike Lindemann, one of the new owners of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
There are tons of events this weekend. You can choose from road races, a trail run, a bike ride and a triathlon.
And you can choose an event that benefits HIV/AIDS service organizations or that supports social change, one that remembers a prominent local cyclist, or that celebrates woolly worms.
Here’s the list. Have fun.
Weekend of Oct. 2-3:
We met Chris Bornstein when he was camping next to us in Shawnee National Forest last weekend.
He was traveling light. No tent, no car. Just a bicycle, a tarp to keep it (and him) dry if it rained, and a bivvy sack to sleep in.
He’s 34, from Lancaster, Penn., and he was a few weeks into what he hopes will be a trip around the world.
It’s the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Fitness 5K race this weekend.
The race began in 1986. It gets between 200 and 300 runners every year, and it has donated more than $20,000 to Crisis Nursery and the Center for Women in Transition in the last 15 years.
This Saturday is the Women’s Fitness 5K race at Crystal Lake Park.
It’s a women-only race that’s been around for 25 years now.
For the first time ever, two men registered for the race this year.
If you bike to work or for errands rather than driving, you’re already doing something good for the environment.
You can enjoy a bike ride around town and find out how to be more environmentally friendly on the EcoTour this weekend.
About 600 people rode the Amish Country Bicycle Tour Saturday, according to one volunteer from the Decatur Bicycle Club.
It was perfect weather for the ride, which went east and south of Arthur. There were routes of 20, 42, 60 and 100 miles.
Below are a few photos from the ride.
This is one of my favorite fall weekends, with two events I really like.
On Saturday, there’s a bike ride around Amish country near Arthur, my hometown. And on Sunday, there’s the Shoreline Classic 15K around Lake Decatur.
Check them out — they’re both lots of fun. And be sure to say Hi if you see me there.