The Starting Line
Wendy Balthazor and Neena Tripathy ran a marathon in a place most people will never lay eyes on, accompanied by penguins, glaciers and some epic, shoe-sucking mud.
The Champaign women ran the Antarctica Marathon on March 9 — their fifth continent in a quest to run a marathon on all seven continents.
Melissa Edwards of Champaign is an athlete with a strong competitive streak. She played basketball and volleyball in school, but when she was approaching 30, she was looking for another outlet to compete.
She noticed the tennis players on the courts around town spanned the age range from kids to senior citizens. This was a sport she could play for decades to come.