The Starting Line

The Starting Line


One of the goals I set for myself this summer was to learn how to change a flat on my bike.

Pretty basic stuff, but I’m not really much of a cyclist. My biking consists of doing the minimum amount of training I need each summer to get from zero to being able to finish the bike portion of a triathlon.

The Fit List

Pick a triathlon, 5K or bike ride this weekend. Got a list for the next two weekends for you here. Have fun!

Weekend of July 9-10:
— Lakeside Triathlon

Urbana family fun runs

When Peter Breit, track and cross-country coach at Urbana High School, saw a UHS parent out running last spring, it gave him an idea of how he might get to know some of the families better and let them get to know him.

The Fit List

Where are you going to run this weekend? You’ve got your choice of a bunch of races, as well as a bike ride in Clinton and a triathlon in Charleston. Here’s the Fit List, Fourth of July edition:

Weekend of July 2-4:
— Rockin the Runway 5K

On your mark, get set, get messy

A new 5K run scheduled for late August is not your typical road race.

The runners will go over hurdles, climb hay bales, crawl through tunnels, negotiate a “sea of tires” and crawl through a mud pit.

The Car-X Crazy K also is not your average fundraiser. The goal is to raise $80,000, to be distributed among eight local charities.

Kids get moving at summer fun run series

Summer is a time for kids to be outside running around, and a kids fun run series in Vermilion County has them doing just that.

The Fit List

This weekend is the first race in the new 5K Championship Circuit, so get up to Gifford if you want to participate in the race circuit. Here’s the list:

Weekend of June 25-26:
— Gifford Community Celebration 5K
This 5K run and walk is on Saturday at Werner Roessler Park in Gifford. It’s part of the town’s community celebration.

5K Championship Circuit begins this weekend

If you’re planning on running some 5K races this summer, you could be eligible for an All Area 5K Championship Circuit.

The championship circuit includes four races, with the first this weekend at Gifford.

The race circuit was the idea of Tim Weitekamp of Rantoul, who helps coordinate that city’s Rockin the Runway 5K.

The Fit List

This weekend you can choose from a 4-miler or 15K at the Steamboat Classic in Peoria, a biathlon in Newman, or several area 5Ks. Also on the Fit List in upcoming weekends: several races that are part of a new 5K race circuit championship.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of June 18-19:
— Newman Freedom Festival 5K and Biathlon

Helping out in Joplin

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about how runners can help with tornado relief in Joplin, Mo.