The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Trying out Nordic walking

I tried Nordic walking for the first time last night, at Meadowbrook Park.

If you’ve seen walkers around town using poles, those are Nordic walkers.

Runner profile: Jean Driscoll and Sam Morse

This is one of a series of profiles on runners training for one of the Illinois Marathon races.
Name: Jean Driscoll and Sam Morse
Hometown: Savoy for both
Age: Driscoll, 43, and Sam, 12

Taking the plunge.


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.

A healthier lifestyle

It takes a community to keep a child healthy.

 And a grassroots organization in Champaign-Urbana has community groups working together to promote active living and good nutrition for children.

Runnin' Abe

Have you seen a guy in a stovepipe hat and running shoes recently?

You did if you ran the Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon in Springfield on Saturday. And you can see him again in the Illinois Half Marathon on May 1.

He’s Jeff Kohmstedt of Champaign, and he’s running dressed as Abraham Lincoln and carrying a State of Illinois flag.

More half-marathon spots available for Illinois Half-Marathon.

If you want to run the Illinois Half-Marathon on May 1 and didn’t get registered before the race filled, you still have a chance.

The marathon organizers are opening up 100 more spots in the half-marathon. Runners who want to do the half-marathon can register online only beginning at noon Friday.

Few pregnant women getting enough exercise.

Pregnant women should get a half-hour of moderate exercise on most days, but few do, according to the results of a recently-released study.

The study, by researchers at the University of North Carolina, found only 23 percent of pregnant women were active enough to meet the physical activity guidelines of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Runner profile: Lisa Morgan

This is one of a series of profiles on runners training for one of the Illinois Marathon races.

Name: Lisa Morgan
Hometown: Champaign
Age: 54
Occupation: Owner of Great Harvest Bread Co. in Champaign
Race: half-marathon

Through her business, Lisa Morgan has formed a connection to the local running community, and become a more consistent runner herself.

Ladies -- Exercise to keep off the pounds.

In case you needed another reason to get outside now that the weather is warming up ... Did you see the study released last week on how much exercise older women need to avoid gaining weight? An hour a day for women who aren’t dieting and who aren’t already overweight.

An hour a day. Quite a time commitment.