URBANA — Jamie Padilla knew her course load would be stacked her final semester at the University of Illinois.
LeROY — Scott Reed has no plans on slowing down any time soon.
The 53-year-old LeRoy resident will head to Champaign tonight to run in the Presence Health Illinois Marathon 5K and return again on Saturday morning to run in the 10K as part of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
“I’ve actually done quite a few of those back-to-back,” Reed said.
CHAMPAIGN — Dave McGillivray was at the Boston Marathon starting line on April 15, 2013.
MAHOMET — Dorothy Debolt knew something was wrong in the fall of 2013.
After helping move her daughter into a third-floor apartment before she started attending classes at the University of Nebraska, the pain Debolt felt wouldn’t subside.
CHAMPAIGN — Saturday’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon will be Katie Coffey’s first.
It will also be her last.
Not that Coffey intends to quit running. Half marathons are still in her future, and she’ll keep up her weekly runs ranging from 5 to 13 miles depending on just how many laps she takes around the 6-mile loop near her home in the country outside Mansfield.
TOLONO — Ethan Reifsteck will stand in a sea of runners when he lines up for the 5K and 10K races at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon this weekend. At 9 years old, his head won’t poke above his adult peers around him.
The new conference consisting of the 10 remaining teams in the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt Conferences will be named the Illini Prairie Conference, the conference announced Wednesday.
The conference will begin play during the 2017-2018 school year.
PONTIAC — The merger between the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt conferences is complete.
Pontiac became the final school to approve the new conference at Tuesday’s school board meeting, meaning a new 10-team league commences beginning with the 2017-18 school year.
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