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Marathon weather

This story is by runner and Second Wind Running Club member Marty Williams of Urbana. It was originally published in the most recent edition of the club’s newsletter, In Passing.

3rd Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon: Possible Weather
By Marty Williams

Been there, run that

I’m hardly a marathon newbie. In less than two weeks, I’ll run my 18th marathon.

But this one is different. For the first time, I’ll be running the Boston Marathon — the Holy Grail of marathoning.

Urbana swimmers are hoping voters approve new pool

Champaign-Urbana has an active summer swim league tradition. Those who participate in or support the Nadiators swim team are hoping it will have a new facility for swimmers to practice and compete at in a few years.

The team was based at Crystal Lake Pool until it closed in August 2008.

The Fit List

There are several interesting races out of town this weekend, if you want to run with Abe in Springfield, run a 5K then eat some donuts in Normal, or get in an 8-miler in Effingham.
Run in town the next weekend, when there are a couple of 5Ks scheduled.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of April 2-3:
— Lincoln Presidential Half-Marathon

"My Run" film being shown tonight

The Savoy 16 theater is showing the documentary, “My Run,” at 7 p.m. this evening, joining theaters around the country in a one-night premiere of the film.

It tells the story of Terry Hitchcock, who ran 75 marathons in 75 consecutive days, from his home in St. Paul, Minn., to the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga.

Pre-marathon jitters

With three weeks to go until my marathon, the pre-marathon paranoia is thick.

My long runs are done, and I’m tapering. What that means is I’m running too little, eating too much, and fretting about whether my training has been sufficient.

The Fit List

It seems to be winter again, unfortunately, so maybe it’s appropriate that there’s a race named after “The Penguin” this weekend.
Here are the opportunities to race in the coming weekends, including lots of 5Ks and a half-marathon with Abe.

Weekend of March 26-27:
— Penguin in the Park 5K

Runner profile: Urbana school administrators

This is the first in a series of profiles of runners training for one of the 2011 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races.

Name: Jean Korder
Hometown: Urbana
Age: 55
Occupation: Curriculum coordinator, Urbana school district.
Race: 10K

Name: Cris Vowels
Hometown: St. Joseph
Age: 47

Schoolchildren get in on marathon fun

The students at Wiley Elementary School are walking a marathon this spring, one playground lap at a time.

The Fit List

Run some hills this weekend, at the 25th anniversary of Kennekuk Road Runner Club’s Mountain Goat races.
They say the 15K race is the toughest in Illinois and Indiana. I think they may be right.
The race is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kickapoo State Park. You can choose from a 5K walk, or a 10K or 15K run.