Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Polar Plunge still chilly despite balmy day

MAHOMET — Wearing a pink bikini, Liesel Flatt, 40, of Sadorus took a deep breath before jumping into the water at Lake of the Woods on Saturday.

“I walked into the lake barefoot,” Flatt said. “When I got in the water, it was like a shock to my system. But I continued until I got all the way wet.”

Vertically challenged

Bouldering is a sport that is as much about analyzing your next move as it is about strength and endurance.

Bottenfield students hustling to honor late teacher

Bottenfield Elementary School students are honoring their late physical-education teacher with their feet.

Zika virus: Not too soon to be wary

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Without UI Ice Arena, Bonnie Blair 'wouldn't be where I am'

CHAMPAIGN — All winter long, the streets of Campustown are empty, but an icy playhouse draws students and community members alike.

Sometimes called "The Big Pond" because it is so wide, the University of Illinois Ice Arena was built in 1931.

Make sure you get a running start

Say you've run many 5Ks and 10Ks and you've completed a half marathon. Now you want to run a marathon. What training plan should you follow?


Ashley Eisenmenger's time at the Houston Marathon exceeded the Boston Marathon qualifying standard for visually impaired runners. As a result, the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation participant will run in April's race in Boston.