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Our Blog

The following groups have met us at the Starting Line for the Illinois Marathon,
and they will be there at the Finish Line.

Lodgic Every Day Community Supports Healthy Families

by Angela Balcor, Guest Blog Writer I used to enjoy long runs in the morning before work. I would wake up early, leave my house when the world was still asleep, and watch the sun rise while I pushed my body to be stronger and healthier. I’d try to beat my personal time or add […]

Meet Our 2020 Race Ambassadors

We’re thrilled to launch our first-ever Race Ambassador program. The sixteen individuals comprising our inaugural team know the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend inside and out. Between them, our ambassadors have 83 finishes of race weekend events! Our race ambassadors are passionate about running and about our event and want to spread the word […]

The Race Where It All Started

by Morgan Mahn, Guest Blog Writer If you had told me back in 2015 that in just three years’ time I would be a proud finisher of over 13 half marathons, eight marathons, eight ultramarathons, and be planning a trip to run another marathon in Berlin, Germany, I would not have believed you. In fact, […]

Home Sweet Home

by Chad Burke, Guest Blog Writer I had a goal of running in every Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend since its beginning in 2009. Work caused me to miss 2017, so now my goal is to run in every Illinois Marathon Race Weekend….except one. So far, so good. Why do I keep coming to Champaign […]

Going “Green”

From the Desk of Jan Seeley, Co-Director & Guest Blog Writer As our Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend turns the page and starts its second decade, one of our goals is earning certification for meeting the industry standard for responsible event production. There’s a fabulous organization called the Council for Responsible Sports that works […]

7 Tips to Transition Back to Outdoor Running

By Athletico Physical Therapy, Guest Blog Writer As the weather starts to warm up, you might be itching to get back outdoors for a run. Outdoor workouts offer both physical and psychological benefits, such as helping with depression, anxiety, and fatigue.1 Running outdoors is different than running indoors on a treadmill. As such, there are considerations […]

The Importance of Warm-Up and Cool-Down

By Olivia Martin, Guest Blog Writer When training for any race, it is important to train like you want to race. Being race ready includes having a comprehensive warm-up and cool-down.  Sandwiching your race in between a warm-up and cool-down helps to decrease risk of injury and prepares your body for a hard effort. It’s […]

Race Day Eats: How Whole Grains Can Help Push Your Across the Finish Line

By Jeff Sorenson, Guest Blog Writer Training for a marathon is no easy feat. For most of us, it takes months of training, adopting a healthier diet, and experimenting with what foods work best for us individually when running long distances. But as race day approaches, what we eat and drink those last few days […]

Runners to the Rescue

By Jen Wilson, Guest Blog Writer I love to run, but I’ll never run a marathon. I know this about myself and I’m okay with it. Because I run, I have the utmost respect for anybody else that runs, regardless of the distance or the frequency. I’m more of a 5K kind of girl myself, […]

The Power of the Back of the Pack

By Jeff Matlow, Guest Blog Writer I remember the first organized race I ever competed in. It was the Minute Man 10K in Westport, Connecticut. I was all of about 11 years old, and this was the furthest I had ever run in my life. I did the race with my mother. It was only […]