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Marathon co-directors continue to look for ways to adapt, improve

CHAMPAIGN — The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon could add a mile run next year to the marathon and relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K and youth run.

"The mile would be a straight shot on Green Street," said the races' co-director, Jan Seeley.

Also, there could be minor changes to the course because it has to be recertified every 10 years.

Rain-soaked fields force Illinois FC Spring Invite to reshuffle games

The leaders of Illinois Futbol Club have spent months planning this weekend's 195-team IFC Spring Invite, and a few weeks ago, they finally produced a schedule.

This week, they had to completely remake that schedule.

Former UI star distance runner has 'special connection' with marathon

Craig Virgin ran 100 miles a week around Champaign and Urbana when he was a star distance runner at the University of Illinois, so he knows a bit about what marathoners will be going through Saturday when they traverse both towns during the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

Enforcement of rules to be more blatant at this year's marathon

Strange mishaps can easily derail a marathon.

At the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon 10 years ago, the female winner was disqualified for using headphones for a few miles. At last year's Cleveland marathon, the top prize was taken away because the winner wore a T-shirt over his bib number for part of the race.

Race pacers help marathon runners keep the perfect tempo

At Saturday's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, 21 runners wearing shirts that read "Joe's Pacers" will stagger themselves throughout the area behind the starting line along with around 5,000 half-marathon and marathon runners and hold up signs affixed to long sticks.

Top of the Morning, April 18, 2019

Asked to put into words what life's been like since winning the Boston Marathon, DANIEL ROMANCHUK settled on just one: "Busy."

Marathon winner: 'I would not be where I am if I were not training with the U of I group'

BOSTON — It was a surreal experience for Daniel Romanchuk, who was all by himself in the closing miles of Monday’s Boston Marathon.

Every so often, the Parkland College student would look back, and by the end of the race, he was so far in front of second-place Masazumi Soejima that he couldn’t see him.

MTD board approves contributing $25 million for The Yards development

CHAMPAIGN — The major development known as The Yards got a vote of approval Monday by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board.

Members voted 6-0 to contribute roughly $25 million to the project, which includes a major expansion of the 20-year-old Illinois Terminal.

Fisher's Chittick is going the distance — all the way to the Boston Marathon

FISHER — The path to Lucas Chittick's impending involvement in Monday's 123rd Boston Marathon is unorthodox, to say the least.

That Chittick is competing at all is fairly unique.

The Fisher senior is just 18 years old — the absolute minimum to line up for one of the world's premier 26.2-mile races. Only 26 individuals of the same age finished the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Whitman, Illini remain all in on hockey

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman set a tentative initial goal of having a decision on Division I hockey at Illinois — one way or the other — by the end of 2018.

The end of the year came and passed without an answer, the timeline for such pushed back until spring.

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