Recent Blog Posts
One of the concerns exercise immunology researcher Jeff Woods has about coronavirus is the “second wave” effects — not the surge of infections the country is experiencing right now, but the health risks from a decrease in physical activity due to the pandemic.
Bicycle riding has soared during the coronavirus pandemic. Cynthia Hoyle — a certified instructor with the League of American Bicyclists and the chairperson of the C-U Safe Routes to Schools Project — has seen many more people cycling during the past several months, particularly families.
With most races canceled this year or converted to virtual events, Marc Mills of Savoy has started organizing small, informal fun runs and races.
About 60 cyclists braved Saturday’s heat to spend much of the day riding through the cornfields of central Illinois.
Gyms were among the businesses that reopened when Illinois hit Phase 4 of its Restore Illinois plan in late June. Some fitness centers offered online classes during the shutdown and outdoor fitness classes during Phase 3. But if you took a break from working out the last few months, you’ll n…
Bonnie McElwee celebrated her 80th birthday with Gatorade and GU, running through Urbana for more than five hours with friends by her side.
Since she retired from teaching five years ago, Pam Negangard of Sidney has been going to group fitness classes every day at the Stephens Family YMCA.
'We’ve got a whole COVID-19 race series. It’s been fun having something to look forward to, when you’ve done the work and are not sure when anything real is going to happen.'
While it’s disappointing for athletes who have been put in months or years training, they understand the measures needed to stop the pandemic. Here is how a few local athletes are making the best of the situation.
Champaign native Ryan Root will run the Olympic trials marathon this weekend in Atlanta.
Tyler Pence, 26, had what could have been a career-ending injury in high school, and after battling injuries during a successful college career, he thought he was done competing.
A UI professor's recent review of studies involving yoga and brain health shows that yoga has a positive effect on brain structure and function.
The Green Street Mile, a 1-mile race sponsored by Green Street Realty, will be run along Green Street through Campustown. The inaugural race is set for April 23.
Area runners have a nearly 40-year-old running club, a marathon that brings thousands of participants to the community, and local government officials and businesses that support running and racing. Those factors helped Champaign-Urbana to be named as a runner-friendly community by the Road …
Year’s end is when we think about setting goals for the new year, and for runners that might be completing a race at a new distance, setting a PR or running somewhere different, such as on trails or at a destination race.
If you are struggling to buy gifts for a runner, cyclist or other athlete in your life who seems to already have everything, or if you want to give something that is not “stuff,” here are some suggestions.
There are still plenty of opportunities to get some outdoor exercise. And it’s likely it will make you feel better about winter to get outside and get moving. Here are a few suggestions for getting active in the next few weeks:
Many endurance athletes use commercial gels for energy during training and races, but potatoes are just as effective as a source of fuel, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers.
While the elite runners were setting records, several local runners enjoyed good races as well. I talked with a few of them.
Nearly 500 people participated in the 10th Tri the Illini triathlon Sunday. The sprint triathlon brings both area residents and college triathletes to the University of Illinois campus to race.
The Monday Runday, launched three weeks ago, sees runners meet at Lodgic, 1807 S. Neil St., C., for a warmup at 6:15 p.m., led by Pursuit Fitness, which is located at Lodgic, followed by a 2-mile run mapped out by Second Wind Running Club while children are cared for by Lodgic for a discounted fee or join in themselves.
'It's kind of like the U.N. of bicycling,' Kelley Wegeng said of the 750-mile ride from Paris to Brest and back that she undertook in mid-August with about 6,500 other cyclists.
'My biggest reason for getting it is, I can't keep up as much anymore. Who wants to wait for somebody? I didn't get it to lead the pack,' said Richard Brannon of Champaign.