The Starting Line

Walking helps your brain

Here’s some news to get the senior citizens off the couch.

Even moderate exercise — walking for 40 minutes three times a week, for example — can improve brain function in older people.


The Fit List

The Labor Day weekend festival races are coming!
Join me in my hometown for Arthur’s 5K Rat Race. It’s really flat, and you’ll get a hunk of cheese after the race.
The 5K is part of Arthur’s Cheese Festival during Labor Day weekend. The race is on Labor Day, Sept. 6.


Taking the high road

Lori Melchi’s summer adventure involved an athletic endeavor like no other she’d ever attempted.


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Teachers may be on strike in Mahomet, but runners will still be at the high school Saturday morning for the Mahomet half-marathon and 5K.


Michelle Mehnert's triathlon diary, entry #2

Michelle Mehnert is a triathlete and University of Illinois swimmer who is currently training for the Short Course Triathlon World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in September. She is writing a series of guest blogs for The Starting Line, talking about her experiences as a triathlete and her training for the world championships. This is her second guest blog.


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The Fit List is back, after a vacation hiatus last week.
I hope you’ve been biking, because the Prairie Cycle Club’s main event is this weekend. The C-U Ride Across the Prairie is on Saturday, and you can ride 17, 35 or 65 mile routes, on flat to slightly rolling roads near Mahomet. Breakfast, lunch and food stops along the route are provided.


Taking the train (along)

Kip Knox is a dedicated cyclist, and when he spent two weeks visiting family and friends in Illinois recently, his dilemma was how to keep up his cycling during his vacation.

He was in training for a two-day, 188-mile ride from Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia, on Aug. 13-14.


Michelle Mehnert's triathlon diary

Michelle Mehnert — a Champaign native, University Laboratory High School graduate, and member of the University of Illinois swim team — is an accomplished triathlete. She is currently training for the Short Course Triathlon World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in September.


The Fit List

If you missed out on getting into the Champaign Park District Mini-tri next weekend, don't worry. There are lots of opportunities for triathlons, bike rides and runs coming up.


Organ donors, recipients savor the gift of life

Swimming feels more natural than walking for Stephanie Wetzel. She’d spend all her time in the water if she could.

She appreciates -- perhaps more than most -- being able to participate in a sport and compete. It makes her feel more normal, and strong. It helps her get past the idea of being “the sick kid,” or a person with limitations.


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