The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Runner profile: Alison and Charlie Wood

Name: Alison Davis Wood and Charlie Wood
Hometown: Champaign
Age: Alison, 42; Charlie, 11
Occupation: Alison, University of Illinois campus producer for the Big Ten Network; Charlie, fifth-grade student at Next Generation School
Race: 5K

This race was Charlie’s idea.

Bike to Work Day

Whether you usually drive to work or take the bus, or you’re a committed bicycle commuter, join hundreds of other local residents in getting to work (or school) by bicycle on May 3.

The Fit List

So many good causes to run for. Take your pick of several 5Ks in and out of town this weekend and the next, all for a cause.

Weekend of April 9-10:
— Safe Kids Safety Run
The Safety Run includes a 5K and 10K run, a 5K walk, and a 50-meter Kids Dash for kids under age 12.

Runner profile: Cindy Cordts

Name: Cindy Cordts
Hometown: Atwood
Age: 56
Occupation: Controller at Harris Electric
Race: 5K

It was late in 2009 that Cindy Cordts began making some lifestyle changes.

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.