The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Bike to Work Day recap

Gosia Konwerska of Champaign began biking to work two years ago, after her car broke down.

For six weeks, her bicycle was her only form of transportation.

She found that she enjoyed the fresh air and exercise in the mornings, saying that it helps wake her up.

“You enjoy the weather more than from the window of a car,” she added.

Finding time for exercise

Between a job and supervising children, getting dinner, doing laundry, helping with homework, and chauffeuring the kids to Scouts, sports practices or music lessons, it’s not surprising many working moms say they have trouble finding time to fit exercise into their lives.

Boston recap

The Fit List

Get off the pavement and onto the dirt this weekend at the OSF St. Francis Wildlife Trail Classic.
This is a 4-mile cross-country trail run or walk in Wildlife Prairie State Park just west of Peoria on Saturday. The race starts at 8 a.m. and the brochure says the race is on “dirt/grassy hills and rough terrain.”

Runner profile: Jack Dempsey

Name: John “Jack” Dempsey
Hometown: Champaign
Age: 64
Occupation: Executive Director, Facilities & Services at the University of Illinois
Race: I-Challenge: 5K and half-marathon

Jack Dempsey’s running has not gone according to plan.

Shooting high

Jonathan McNamara remembers vividly the first basket he made in a basketball game, during this past season.

“Everybody gave me a clear lane,” he said. “I just speeded as fast as I could, and I made it.”

Alex Pryde-Wait remembers how he felt when he made his first basket too.

Pre-marathon fun in Boston

I"ve seen runners in Boston race jackets EVERYWHERE since I arrived in Boston Saturday evening. In our hotel, restaurants, Starbuck's, Quincy Market, on the waterfront.

The Fit List

Discover one of the Champaign Park District’s trails this weekend, at their CU on the Trails event.
The 5K run and walk highlights a trail, and this spring’s 5K features the Roby Trail that goes through Robeson Park. The run/walk is at 9 a.m. Saturday. You can register at Robeson Park from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

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.