The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Halloween weekend race photos

Seeing the costumes other runners were wearing was as much fun as running the races this past weekend.

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Got your costume for your weekend race? Don’t miss Allerton — one of the best races of the year. Great trail, costumes, food.
If you are doing Screaming Pumpkin in Peoria tonight, look for my team, “Boowatch.” We’ll be the ones dressed as lifeguards.
Here’s the list:

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Lots of 5Ks to choose from this weekend, and a bike tour in the Shawnee Forest area in southern Illinois, if you’re up for a bit of travel. The Fit List also has a preview of races on the weekend before Halloween. Get your costumes ready!

Weekend of Oct. 22-23:
— Kinesiology Student Association 5K

A 26.2-mile sightseeing tour

When my family decided to take a trip to Europe this fall, one of my first thoughts was finding a European marathon to run. If I’m traveling all that way, I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to run an international marathon.

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Choose from a hilly bike ride, a trail run, an Oktoberfest 5K or an ISU Homecoming race for your weekend fun.
Here’s the roundup of races this weekend:

— Run for the Red Shoe

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Good luck to all the runners at the Chicago Marathon this weekend. If you’re looking for a shorter race, you’re in the right place. And if you liked the Car-X Crazy K, you should consider the Obstacle Mobstacle Dash on Saturday.

Biking the country

Bonnie McElwee can cross another athletic adventure off her to-do list.

The Urbana woman spent much of the summer bicycling across the United States.

It’s something she’s wanted to do for 30 years, ever since she saw a group of cross-country riders come through Champaign-Urbana. She told herself, “I want to do that when I retire.”

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The Fit List is all about the bike rides this weekend. I’ve not done any of these rides before, but they all sound like fun. If you ride one of them, let me know how you like it.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of Oct. 1-2:
— Prairie Pedal
This Sunday ride is a fundraiser for the Macon County Conservation Foundation.

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This weekend is the 26th Women’s Fitness Run — the oldest event in the area and one that benefits the Center for Women in Transition and the Crisis Nursery.
This women-only race is Sunday at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. There’s a 5K run, a 5K fitness walk and a kids’ dash for kids under age 12.
The race always has unique awards.

Marathon mission

When Stephanie Baliga runs the Chicago Marathon next month, she’ll have a time goal in mind. But more importantly for the former University of Illinois cross-country runner, she’ll be raising money to renovate a church that serves a poor west Chicago neighborhood.