The Starting Line

The Starting Line

40 for 40

Last week I wrote about Kurt Austin, who ran 12 half marathons or marathons, one each month, in 2012.

He’s not the only local runner who had a big racing goal for 2012.

Joe and Kelly Bails of Mahomet marked their 40th birthdays this year by running 40 races.

12 in '12

Kurt Austin has run races this year from Boone, N.C., to Portland, Ore., and from Omaha, Neb., to Austin, Texas.

The well-traveled Champaign runner has run a half-marathon or marathon every month — 12 races in 12 months in 2012.

The Fit List

The Fit List will be appearing less frequently in the next couple of months, as the races are getting fewer and farther between. But I’ll still have a list of winter races periodically.
Here’s the list through the first weekend in January:

Weekend of Dec. 8-9:
Da Deer Run Run

The Fit List

I keep thinking I’ve worn shorts for the last time this year ... and then it gets warm again. We’ve got at least a few more days of shorts weather this year. Take advantage of it.
Here’s the list of upcoming races:

Weekend of Dec. 1-2:
Polar Paws

Ice can be nice

At this time of year, I start to imagine myself flying down a ski hill, or cross-country skiing through the woods or skating gracefully around an ice rink.

I am always far more graceful and athletic in my imagination than in reality. But I’m working on the reality of those sports.

The Fit List

Looking for a race this weekend or next? Here’s the list:

Weekend of Nov. 24-25:
Stuff ‘N Puff
This 5K race is on Saturday in Sullivan. This year the race starts and ends at Sullivan High School, and race proceeds will benefit the Sullivan-Okaw Valley cross country program. There’s also a 1-mile fun run.

The Fit List

If you want to work off some Thanksgiving calories in advance, or afterward, there are plenty of oportunities to do so. There are Turkey Trots, a Santa Chase, a Jingle Bell Run, a Stuff ‘N Puff and a Gravel Grovel. Take your pick.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of Nov. 17-18:
Run for the Library

At 80, remaining competitive and inspiring others

The fastest runners at the Shoreline Classic 15K race in Decatur in mid-September — those running five-minute miles — were introduced and received their awards.

Then came the age group award winners. But it wasn’t until Don Pratt of Monticello was called forward for his third-place award in the 65 and older age group that the crowd stood and applauded.

The Fit List

It’s almost mid-November and the forecast is for around 70 degrees on Saturday. Not too bad! Better get in a run in shorts while you still can.
Here’s the list of upcoming races:

Weekend of Nov. 10-11:
Schumacher Shuffle