The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Illinois Marathon races filling up.

Do you want to run in one of the events at the Illinois Marathon this spring?

If you’re not yet entered, you might want to think about doing so soon — especially if you want to get into the half-marathon or marathon relay.

The half-marathon is 84 percent full, and the marathon relay is 78 percent full. Those two races will fill sometime in March, said the race’s co-director, Jan Seeley.

Fun in the snow.

Most winters I complain about how central Illinois just doesn’t get enough snow to suit me.
So we’ve had 26 inches of snow this winter, as of the end of last week. And I’ve been on skis exactly once.

Right after Christmas I headed to a park near my house on my cross-country skis. It was Sunday morning quiet, just one other skiier, a couple pulling a child on a sled, and three guys riding mountain bikes through the park.

Of course, I fell (twice) on a tiny little hill. I think the folks with the sled were too far away to see me.

Let's Move!

When it comes to changing behavior — whether it’s getting more exercise or eating more healthful foods — people need more than just information about what they should be doing.

They also need help in doing it — the availability of a safe place to play in the neighborhood or appealing school lunches, for example.