The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Comebacks complete

I wrote last week about three runners who had overcome setbacks to run in Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races this past weekend.
All three completed their races. Here are their race reports:

The Fit List

Good luck to everyone in this weekend’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races! Here’s your list:

Weekend of April 25-27:
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

Not the route they expected

These three runners found themselves sidelined by a medical emergency and injuries, but they will all be at the starting line for one of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races this weekend. Their goals range from simply finishing to qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
Here are their stories of how they dealt with the setbacks and came back to running and racing.

The Fit List

Good luck to all the area runners heading to Monday’s Boston Marathon! For the rest of us, it should be a great weekend for a last training run before next weekend’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Here’s the list of upcoming races:

Weekend of April 19-20:
Kola 5K Bunny Run

The Fit List

My favorite weekend of the year! I’ll be running the River to River Relay in southern Illinois — it’s always a blast. If you aren’t headed south, consider running the trails at Forest Glen for a good cause. See “Miles for Murelle,” below. Here’s your list:

Thursday, April 10:
Five-O 5K

'I don't like to be defeated'

Cole Hendrix was several weeks into the training program for what was to be his first marathon, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on April 26.

He was running 15 miles on a cold mid-February day, with temperatures in the single digits, accompanied by the other runners in his training group.

Enabled Abroad

I wrote about Rob Kozarek two years ago, when he was just getting started with wheelchair racing at the University of Illinois.

The Fit List

There are a couple of good opportunities to run trail races this weekend, with the Allerton Trail Half Marathon on Saturday and Run Wild for Wildlife on Sunday. Here’s the info on those two and more:

Weekend of April 5-6:
Allerton Trail Half Marathon

The Fit List

Good luck to everyone running the Mountain Goat hills this weekend. Here are other upcoming races:

Weekend of March 22-23:
Mountain Goat Hill Runs

The Fit List

Your races for the weekend (and a couple more weekends after that):

Weekend of March 15-16:
Runnin of the Irish
This event includes 10K and 5K races on Saturday in Effingham. Your race entry also gets you a free beer after the race.
For more information, go to