The Starting Line
A program created almost two years ago to introduce athletes with disabilities to running has been successful enough to add a spring training session this year.
The running program, through Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation, helped train eight athletes for a 5K this spring. They ran at the Kirby Derby in Monticello last weekend.
This weekend is the 30th anniversary of the Lake Run at Lake Bloomington, sponsored by the Lake Run Club.
You can choose from a 12K run, a 4.37-mile run, or a 3-mile non-competitive walk. Stay for the post-race party with free beer.
The race is at 9 a.m. Saturday. Race day registration is from 7 to 8 a.m.
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.
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.
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.”
Name: John “Jack” Dempsey
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.
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.