Health and Fitness

The Fit List

There’s going to be some good running weather this weekend, so you better get out to Lake of the Woods and run Buffalo Trace. Here’s your list for the next few weekends:

Weekend of May 17-18:
Buffalo Trace Trail Race


Skin cancer screenings offered at Frances Nelson

CHAMPAIGN — Free skin cancer screenings will be offered later this month through Frances Nelson Health Center, 819 Bloomington Road, C.

Screenings will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. May 21.

It isn't necessary to be a patient of Frances Nelson to get a free screening, but appointments are required by calling 217-356-1558.


Speaker to discuss link between brain, stomach

CHAMPAIGN — If you've ever felt sick from fear, or uplifted by eating a treat, you already know there's a connection going on between your stomach and your brain.

Here's a chance to find out more about the gut-brain connection and how it happens.


The Fit List

There are lots of good local races this weekend. So hard to choose! You can’t go wrong with either Not Your Average Joe or Kirby Derby. Pick a race and go run and have fun. Here’s your list:

Weekend of May 10-11:
Not Your Average Joe Race


Pole fitness. Seriously. It's quite the workout.

CHAMPAIGN — If you walked into Cassie Palmer's Champaign apartment, you might be surprised to see in her living room a floor-to-ceiling pole.

She's not a dancer at a strip club.


Free health screenings set Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — Free health screenings and education will be provided from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through mobile units in the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District parking lot, 201 W. Kenyon Road, C.

Some of what will be included will be blood pressure screenings, body mass index checks, radon and West Nile virus prevention education, financial health information and prizes.


Trail Mix

Mountain bikers who ride at Kickapoo State Recreation Area will find some significant changes this spring to one well-used section of trail.

The trail has been changed to make it easier for riders of different abilities to negotiate, and it is now more sustainable — it was rebuilt to minimize soil erosion and will need less maintenance in the future.


The Fit List

Are you recovered yet from last weekend’s Illinois Marathon races? I hope so, ‘cause there are a lot of fun races coming up. Here’s your list:

Weekend of May 3-4:
Moonlight Marathon


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


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