The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Stand while you work

Back in February, I wrote a blog post about research that found sitting all day was really bad for you — even if you exercised regularly.

Sitting for long periods of time changes how your body metabolizes sugar and fat. The research suggested those with desk jobs should get up regularly and move around.

Links to marathon chat, story about need for marathon volunteers.

Here’s a link to The News-Gazette’s online chat with Jan Seeley, co-director of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon:

Edison Middle School 5K training group

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.

Chat with Jan Seeley, co-director of the Illinois Marathon

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.

Guest blogger Dana Mancuso on making a marathon course video.

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.

Keeping pace

For 8-year-old Will Shinew, running the “Big Block” is no problem.

Will’s mother, Kim Shinew, is a runner, and she has a one-mile route she’s measured through her Champaign neighborhood. They call their route the Big Block.

River to River weekend

If I could run only one race a year, it would be the River to River Relay.

Teams of eight people run 80 miles across the southern tip of the state.

More Illinois 5K entries available Tuesday

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

Runner profile: The Hajek/Scheid family

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
Hometown: Urbana
Age: Bruce, 54; Beth, 52; Brittany, 16; Brianna, 14