The Starting Line

Me and Boston

We have a complicated relationship, me and Boston.

Transplant Games follow-up

NOTE: This is a much delayed follow-up on Stephanie Wetzel’s experience at the U.S. Transplant Games in early August. The games is an Olympic-style competition held every two years for organ transplant recipients and sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation.

Smashing success

These folks are serious about their Ping-Pong.

Serious enough to win gold at the Illinois Senior Olympics and the Huntsman World Senior Games this fall.

Phyllis Hughes, Al Martens and Joanne Brummett are among a group of local table tennis players who have been honing their games, competing -- and winning.

Screaming Pumpkin/Allerton photos

Race or costume party?

The runs I did this weekend were both.

The Screaming Pumpkin marathon and relay was a great way to start off Halloween weekend. The run covered a dark, hilly, 6.55-mile loop through a Peoria cemetery. It was just spooky enough to be fun. When we weren’t running, there was plenty of food, hot chocolate and a great band.

Fit List

Got your costume ready? Wear it to the Allerton Trail Race, on Halloween.
The 5.5-mile trail race is at 9 a.m. Sunday at Allerton Park. There’s also a 2-mile walk. You can register through today online, or Saturday at Body n’ Sole in Savoy during the packet pickup, 1 to 5 p.m.

Insuring marathoners

Marathon runners are a pretty healthy group of people, right? Lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, less likely to be overweight.

The Fit List

The Allerton Trail Race is on Halloween, and I’m trying to come up with a costume for Halloween weekend that will be fun but also easy to run in.
This year’s race includes a costume contest. There will be awards for the best male, female, and pair or group costumes.

Kids in Motion

This is an after-school program without sitting.

OK, maybe the kids sit to eat their snacks, but otherwise they’re moving most of the time.

Registering for Boston? Don't delay.

Registration opened this morning for the 2011 Boston Marathon. If you’re planning on running it, better not wait to get registered.

The Wall Street Journal ran a story last week that said the race could fill in a matter of days this year!

The Fit List

For Halloween weekend — a very different kind of marathon. This sounds like a blast.
It’s the Screaming Pumpkin Prediction Marathon and Relay in Peoria.

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