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Exercising outdoors has been important for people to safely remain active during the coronavirus pandemic.
Paige Hall’s recent runs have been a combination of fitness and holiday fun.
A new virtual race challenge organized by the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon will provide motivation for runners and walkers to stay active through the winter and spring and help them learn more about the state of Illinois.
A group of about a dozen people meet several mornings a week at Champaign’s West Side Park to do tai chi, stretching or other types of exercises. They’ve been meeting since April, after their regular fitness program ended in-person classes and moved online.
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.
The winds on Labor Day weekend — more than 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph — were what windsurfers hope for all summer. On the Sunday before Labor Day, a group of windsurfers was zipping across Clinton Lake.
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.
Mary McGrew planned to walk the Christie Clinic Illinois 5K this year, her first time as a participant in the weekend’s races. After the races were canceled, McGrew walked her 5K as a virtual race on May 23. She wasn’t going to let anything stop her from completing it — not coronavirus and n…
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.