The Starting Line

The Starting Line

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

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.