The Starting Line

The Starting Line

The Fit List

There are several interesting races out of town this weekend, if you want to run with Abe in Springfield, run a 5K then eat some donuts in Normal, or get in an 8-miler in Effingham.
Run in town the next weekend, when there are a couple of 5Ks scheduled.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of April 2-3:
— Lincoln Presidential Half-Marathon

"My Run" film being shown tonight

The Savoy 16 theater is showing the documentary, “My Run,” at 7 p.m. this evening, joining theaters around the country in a one-night premiere of the film.

It tells the story of Terry Hitchcock, who ran 75 marathons in 75 consecutive days, from his home in St. Paul, Minn., to the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga.

Pre-marathon jitters

With three weeks to go until my marathon, the pre-marathon paranoia is thick.

My long runs are done, and I’m tapering. What that means is I’m running too little, eating too much, and fretting about whether my training has been sufficient.

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.