Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Local Race Alert: Sesser, IL Homecoming 5K

You have to love a race that begins and ends at a place called The Custard Stand. Race Date: June 18, 2011.

Sesser Homecoming

Regional Race Alerts: Collinsville, IL

The YMCA of Collinsville, IL is sponsoring several races of interest to southern and southwestern Illinois runners.
On May 22 they are hosting a half-marathon; on July 16th, they are hosting a 10K.


Collinsville 10K

Later in this year, Collinsville's annual Italian Fest hosts a 5K race on Saturday, September 18:
Italian Fest

Monday, March 28, 2011

Heart and Soul 5K run in Saint Louis, MO

Carbondale is a ways from Saint Louis (aka STL), but this 5K race targeted to African Americans would be worth the trip:

Heart and Soul Run
Race Registration

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Local Race Alert: KFVS-12 5K Run

KFVS-12 is the local CBS affiliate for southern Illinois, southeastern Missouri and western Kentucky. The station sponsors an annual 5K to encourage viewers to drop the remotes and join in the fun. Here's the entry blank for this year's upcoming race on May 14, 2011:

KFVS-12 Run

Local Race Report: SIU Run/Walk from the Law

This new race, sponsored by the SIU School of Law and run very well by law student volunteers and organizers, was a jaunt around the SIUC campus, starting and ending at the Law School Building. The day was blustery and a bit chilly (especially for the end of March in southern Illinois), but the 77 runners and 14 walkers had a great time on the clearly marked and flat course.

Pre-race, two huge speakers pumped pop tunes into the air, so you could warm up to the strains of Lady Gaga and Rhianna. After the race, bagels, cookies, bananas, energy bars, apples, water and gatorade were available to the runners and walkers. Law students were eligible post-race for special raffles for free Kaplan Bar Courses (huge values for those poor law students!) The race itself raised almost $2500 for Equality Works, a social justice legal organization that provides legal assistance to those who can't afford lawyers. Who says lawyers don't have heart(s)? The thoughtful organization of this race proves otherwise.


Overall Run Results
Age Group Run Results

Local Race Report: Undie 5K

Thanks to the Southern Illinoisan for a write-up on this local charity race. Very important cause!

undie 5K

Friday, March 18, 2011

Local Race Alert: the Grace Race 5K

Carbondale's Grace United Methodist Church sponsors this annual 5K race. Everything about this race is sweet, from the caring church volunteers to the delicious post-race cookies. Date this year is June 3.
Entry form:
Grace Race Carbondale

Herrin Races for Herrinfesta!

Every year, the small southern Illinois town of Herrin celebrates its Italian heritage with Herrinfesta! Part of the celebration is a series of races, both of the running and walking variety. There's a 10K, a 5K walk, a straight-away mile, and a Kids' run. Date: May 30, 2011.

Herrinfesta Races

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Local Race Alert: Inaugural 5K Walk/Run "Dawg Jog"

Here's a new 5K in Carbondale, sponsored by the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and the local paper, the Southern Illinoisian:

Dawg Jog

Registration Now Open: City of Roses Half-Marathon

This regional half-marathon takes place in Cape Girardeau, MO, in easy proximity to southern Illinois:

City of Roses Hm