Friday, December 3, 2010

Local Race Alert: Snowman Shuffle 5K, John A. Logan College

This local race (at John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL) is the first of 2011! Burn off those holiday pounds with a 5K run/walk!

Snowman Shuffle

Local Race Alert: Jingle Bell 5K for Arthritis

This local 5K run/walk at Rend Lake (Ina, IL) will raise money for Arthritis:
Jingle Bell Run

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Race Report: Women Together 5K, November 13, 2010

The annual Women Together 5K race took place this morning in Carbondale, Illinois in beautiful Evergreen Park. The morning was a bit chilly and the course was a bit slick from an earlier rainstorm, but that didn't stop the runners and walkers from taking on the challenge of 3.1 miles. Women of all shapes and sizes tested themselves against the course on the edge of the Carbondale campus.
After the race, lovely food and drink (cider anyone?) was available to all the runners, walkers, and friends!
Race Results

Friday, November 12, 2010

Registration for the Fly with the Eagles Half Marathon open

The annual Fly with the Eagles Half Marathon is now open for registration! The local half-marathon is sponsored by the River to River Runners Club of Herrin, IL and features a run through the gorgeous Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. It is also one of the least expensive half-marathons you'll find: $25 entry fee ($20 for River to River members).

Entry form can be found here:
Fly with the Eagles

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Upcoming Race Alert: Kevin Reveal Memorial Turkey Run

This local race in Herrin, IL features 5K (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles), and a 15K (9.3 miles) races, as well as a one mile fun run for kids.

Kevin Reveal Memorial Turkey Run

Upcoming Race Alert: Howell Holiday Hustle, Sparta, IL

Looking for a race to help you keep off those Thanksgiving pounds? Here's one in Sparta, IL:
Howell Holiday Hustle

From Women's Running: Girls on the Run

A great organization is profiled here:
Girls on the Run

Group Run: Sunday, November 7. 2010

There will be a group run on Sunday, November 7 at 10 am. Meet CWR founder Allison J. out front of the main entrance of the SIUC Student Center (across the street from old McAndrew stadium). This session will be a 30 minute run/walk session around the SIUC campus. Women of all abilities more than welcome!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Upcoming Race Alert: Women Together 5K on November 13, 2010

The Women Together 5K benefits Carbondale's the Women's Center, an agency that provides assistance to women not just in Jackson County, but all over southern Illinois. Information about the race can be found at

Women Together 5K

Local Race Report: Grand Avenue Pumpkin Run, October 31, 2010

This Halloween themed race offered fun for the whole family. In addition to the two-mile competitive race/walk, there was a one-mile fun run for kids, face painting, a band, pumpkins galore and a silent auction. The race, organized by three young women (Lacey Gibson, Ellen Esling, and Brooke Patton), was a true community event, with proceeds going to Carbondale Green Earth (a local environmental group) and the Grand Avenue Christian Church's mission trip to Zimbabwe. One of the nicest aspects of the race was participation by folks of all ages and experience levels--particularly sweet were the Runner Girls of Ava Baptist Church, a group of young girls who were clad in pink t-shirts and full of enthusiasm for running.

Race Results

Runner Girls of Ava

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Should a man run in a race for women?

This article from the Wall Street Journal addresses the question of men running in all-female races:


Monday, September 20, 2010

Local Race Alerts

Marshall Browning Hospital Physical Therapy 10th 5K Run/Walk
9:00 a. m., DuQuoin, IL (State Fair Grounds)
Phone (618) 542-2146 ext 111, Email:
For 2010 Application and past Race Results:
Marshall Browning Hospital

A World of Caring 5K
Time: 8:00AM, Location: World Of Fitness, Herrin, IL
Contact 618-988-8878 for further information. Pre-Registration $20.00 May register at World of Fitness
For 2010 Application:
World of Fitness

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Local Race Report: Carbondale Fit Out 5K, 9/17/10

One hundred and twenty-six competitors gathered in Carbondale's beautiful Evergreen Park for the 3rd annual Carbondale Fit Out 5K Run/Walk. The crowd was treated, pre and post-race, to the blues stylings of Jim Skinner's Rhythm and Blues Band. The 6 pm start time provided lovely weather for a sprint around the edge of the SIUC campus. Army ROTC candidates were helpful at three water stations during the race, cheering competitors on and providing water for the racers. After the race, volunteers handed out water, fruit and cookies to an appreciative crowd. Thanks to race sponsors Carbondale Main Street and the Nightlife Entertainment newspaper for a fun tine in the park!

CWR founder Allison Joseph finished 53rd overall and 2nd in the 40-49 age group.

Race Results
Jim Skinner Wall to Wall Rhythm and Blues

Friday, September 17, 2010

Local Race Alert: Grand Avenue Pumpkin Run

The Grand Avenue Pumpkin Run promises to be great fun...after all, it's a Halloween Race. Haven't you always wanted to run 2 miles in costume?

Details here:
Grand Avenue Pumpkin Race

Why a Running Group for Women?

This group will have a very casual low-key approach to running and training. As a still-new runner of less than a year, I realize that running can be very intimidating to many women. I started this group to lessen that intimidation factor for those who would like to try running, but who have always been intimidated by those whippet-lean people you've seen hustling past.

Why the focus on women? I've wanted, for a long time, to have an ongoing relationship with a women's group of some sort. But none of the pre-existing groups felt quite right for me. So I created Carbondale Women Run to fill a void of my own and to reach out to others!

Welcome to Carbondale Women Run

Carbondale Women Run is a women's running group based in in Carbondale, Illinois, with the initial goal of getting as many women as possible to run the Women Together 5K race
on November 13, 2010. This race is a fundraiser for the Carbondale Women's Center.

To train for the race, CWR will hold twice a week low-key run/walk sessions that will follow the Couch to 5K method. These sessions will combine walking with running, with the eventual goal of running the entire 5K (3.1 miles). The run/walk method allows you to build up endurance slowly, so if you haven't run before, this would be a fine way to start. The training runs will also serve to build community among women athletes here in the C-dale area. The training sessions will start at the beginning of October. Each session will be no longer than a half-hour, and will take place around Campus Lake. There will be no fee for the sessions themselves, but each CWR member will pay for her own race registration.