The Starting Line

The Starting Line

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.

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.