The Starting Line
When Conan Jurkowski began a training program last month for kids at Edison Middle School, he wanted to help them prepare for the 5K race at the Illinois Marathon.
But more than that, he wanted the students to see that running is something they can do all their lives, a way to have fun with friends.
Jan Seeley, co-director of the Illinois Marathon, will join The News-Gazette for an online chat at noon Friday. She’ll be answering your questions about marathon weekend and the races on May 1.
The Starting Line welcomes guest blogger Dana Mancuso, marketing and public information coordinator for the Urbana Park District, and a runner who will be doing the Illinois half-marathon on May 1. Dana helped create and narrate the video featuring Meadowbrook Park that is part of The News-Gazette’s interactive marathon map. It sounds easier than it was. Here’s her story.
Runners, if you’re looking to get into the Provena Illinois 5K run on May 1, you’ve got another chance.
The 5K race closed, but the Illinois Marathon folks are opening up another 500 spots at 8 a.m. Tuesday. If you want one of those spots, you must register online at www.illinoismarathon.com.
This is one of a series of profiles on runners training for one of the Illinois Marathon races.
Name: Bruce Hajek and Beth Scheid, and daughters Brittany Scheid and Brianna Hajek
Age: Bruce, 54; Beth, 52; Brittany, 16; Brianna, 14
Susan Toalson has an adventurous streak.
When she was younger, she tried skydiving, hang gliding and bungee jumping.
Those risky sports were sidelined once she had children.
But when some University of Illinois students asked her to rappel down 17-story Illini Tower this weekend, she said yes.