The Starting Line

The Starting Line

The Fit List

It seems to be winter again, unfortunately, so maybe it’s appropriate that there’s a race named after “The Penguin” this weekend.
Here are the opportunities to race in the coming weekends, including lots of 5Ks and a half-marathon with Abe.

Weekend of March 26-27:
— Penguin in the Park 5K

Runner profile: Urbana school administrators

This is the first in a series of profiles of runners training for one of the 2011 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races.

Name: Jean Korder
Hometown: Urbana
Age: 55
Occupation: Curriculum coordinator, Urbana school district.
Race: 10K

Name: Cris Vowels
Hometown: St. Joseph
Age: 47

Schoolchildren get in on marathon fun

The students at Wiley Elementary School are walking a marathon this spring, one playground lap at a time.

The Fit List

Run some hills this weekend, at the 25th anniversary of Kennekuk Road Runner Club’s Mountain Goat races.
They say the 15K race is the toughest in Illinois and Indiana. I think they may be right.
The race is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kickapoo State Park. You can choose from a 5K walk, or a 10K or 15K run.

The Fit List

Run a race on campus this weekend, and then stick around to check out the many open houses and expos going on.
Running the Earth, Wind & Fire 5K will give you a shot at a really cool award that is a cast of a fossil.

5K training program offered

If you’d like to run the 5K race at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, the Champaign Park District is offering a training program for that race, which is April 29.

Running the show

Mary Ellen O’Shaughnessey of Urbana has watched her oldest son run marathons in Chicago and Boston. She knows how important the people along the way were to him in those races.

The Fit List

The race calendar is filling up again and the Fit List is back, so it must be nearly spring, right?
I’m looking forward to running again without a hat, gloves and several layers. And to racing. If you are too, you’ve got an opportunity this weekend.

Stair Masters

Terry Purcell is one of the top athletes in the world in a sport you’ve never heard of.

The 40-year-old Springfield man is a tower runner, and he’s won sprints up the John Hancock Center, Willis Tower and Aon Center in Chicago, the Empire State Building, and the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles.

Running the world

It was a gray, drizzly Monday morning when Tony Mangan set out on day 100 of running.

His trip today would take him from Urbana to Farmer City, just a sliver of his goal of running around the world.