RANTOUL — Thirty-five miles an hour isn't all that fast at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Not in a car anyway.
On a bike? That's another story.
Sara Simpkins got to speed along in the mid-30s on her bike earlier this year. And she got to do it for a good cause.
CHAMPAIGN — Independent professionals were expected at the Illinois Secretary of State's driver's license station in west Champaign on Saturday to try to find out why employees there have been feeling ill.
"It is temporarily closed and we're hopeful we'll be able to reopen by Tuesday," said Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt.
What an August! It’s great running weather — feels more like fall. Great weather for some PRs at the Mahomet half marathon this weekend.
Here’s your list of races:
Weekend of Aug. 17-18:
— Mahomet Half Marathon and 5K
These races are Saturday in Mahomet and they benefit the Mahomet Area Youth Club.
I’ve run a LOT of races. But as many charities as there are associated with marathons, half marathons and other races, I’d never run an event to raise money for a cause until this year.
I joined the Champaign to Peoria St. Jude Run this year. The 35 runners started out Friday evening, Aug. 2, and ran 102 miles from Champaign to Peoria, arriving there late Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3.
By MARTY WILLIAMS
For The News-Gazette
On Wednesday, Snook Pataky will go for a run near Flatville and make note of the distance, who accompanied him and his body weight in a Hallmark datebook — just like he has the last 35 years.
Summer is rapidly coming to a close, and kids are dreading a return to school. If you're a parent, you may be dreading their return as well.
It can be a daily struggle to pack lunches and make sure they have had something to eat before they dash out the door.
Picture this: Summer day, 70 degrees and sunny, a group of boys playing baseball on a homemade field, radio blaring in the background.
No uniforms, cleats or coaches in sight. Just a bunch of kids making up rules and running basepaths outlined in spray paint, with a plywood backstop.
I’m heading out of Champaign this evening, on the road to Peoria with a bunch of other runners for the Champaign to Peoria St. Jude Run. This relay benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We’re leaving from downtown, right in front of Big Grove at around 6 p.m. If you’re downtown, come cheer us on.