The Starting Line
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.
Discover one of the Champaign Park District’s trails this weekend, at their CU on the Trails event.
The 5K run and walk highlights a trail, and this spring’s 5K features the Roby Trail that goes through Robeson Park. The run/walk is at 9 a.m. Saturday. You can register at Robeson Park from 8 to 8:45 a.m.
Name: Alison Davis Wood and Charlie Wood
Age: Alison, 42; Charlie, 11
Occupation: Alison, University of Illinois campus producer for the Big Ten Network; Charlie, fifth-grade student at Next Generation School
This race was Charlie’s idea.
So many good causes to run for. Take your pick of several 5Ks in and out of town this weekend and the next, all for a cause.
Weekend of April 9-10:
— Safe Kids Safety Run
The Safety Run includes a 5K and 10K run, a 5K walk, and a 50-meter Kids Dash for kids under age 12.
This story is by runner and Second Wind Running Club member Marty Williams of Urbana. It was originally published in the most recent edition of the club’s newsletter, In Passing.
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