The Starting Line

The Starting Line

"Everyman's Tour de France"

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.

The Fit List

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

Local running club to be represented at UI cross country meet

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.

The Fit List

Ready for the Crazy K this weekend? You can still register online today and at the Champaign County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Should be a hoot.
Here’s the list of other area races for the next few weekends.

Weekend of August 27-28:
— Car-X Crazy K

Run the Crazy K this weekend

If you’ve been thinking about racing the Car-X Crazy K this weekend, it’s not too late to join a team or sign up on your own to run through a mud pit, climb a hay stack, crawl through a tunnel and negotiate a sea of tires.

Seeing red on the run

On the occasion of Pat Mills’ 60th birthday party this past weekend, the partygoers carefully selected their attire for the evening.

The Fit List

Head out to Mahomet this weekend for its annual half-marathon and 5K. Get ready for the Crazy K the next weekend. And there are lots of races to choose from during Labor Day weekend.
Here’s the info:

Weekend of August 20-21:
— Mahomet Half-marathon and 5K

The Fit List

I’ve always wanted to ride the C-U Across the Prairie, but every year I have some commitment that keeps me from doing it. It’s no different this year. Wish I could ride it, but for those who will be out there, have fun.
It’s not the only ride this weekend. There’s also a couple of tris and several 5Ks.
Here’s the list.

Serious about swimming

Elizabeth Wensel is at Sholem Aquatic Center every morning, 10 minutes before it opens at 6:30 a.m., and the lap lane at the far end of the pool belongs to her for the hour-plus it takes her to swim her mile.

The 76-year-old has been swimming regularly for almost two decades, but about six years ago, she stepped it up.

The Fit List

If you aren’t signed up to do the Champaign Park District’s Mini-Tri on Saturday, come out and cheer on the participants. The swim gets started at 7:30 a.m. at Sholem Aquatic Center, and you can watch folks bike and run around Centennial Park.

Here’s the rest of the action this weekend and next:

Weekend of August 6-7:

— Run for Raley