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2009 in review

Overall, 2009 was a good year for races for me, as I continue my quest of running a race in each of the 102 counties in Illinois. However, in terms of running, I backslid this year, with the number of miles I ran down considerably from 2008.
As far as races go, I ran 17 races this year in 15 new counties. Two races, the Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon and the Great River Road 10 miler, were in counties I had already run in before. My goal this year was to run in at least 13 new counties, so I achieved that. I have now run in 42 counties and have 60 to go. Read more »

Henry County

Well I'm pleased to report that I ran my ice off today in Henry County. Actually, I traveled to Kewanee on this New Year's Eve to run in the 28th Annual Run Your Ice Off Hard Core 5k. It was a very nice race with about 150 or so runners.
The temperature was 17 degrees when I pulled in to the parking lot of the Flemish American Club, which was where the race began. The facilities were nice and the race was well organized. They gave out a nice sweatshirt to the runners and a pair of winter running gloves to pre-registered runners. Very nice. Read more »

Madison County-Great River Road 10 Mile

I didn't need to do this race. I ran a five mile race last year in Highland, in Madison County, meaning I had already taken care of this county in my effort to run at least one race in every county in Illinois.
But, although I can't always accomplish it, I also try to make the race I run in a county the longest or most prestigious race in that county. The Great River Road Run 10 Mile is both for Madison County. That, combined with the fact that this was the 50th anniversary of the race, made me come down to Alton to make this my race of record in Madison County. Sorry Highland. Read more »

Greene County

I ran the Go Play in the Streets 5k today, sponsored by the Charity Baptist Church in Greenfield in Greene County. Proceeds from the race go to benefit the Greene County Relay for Life. It was a nice race although nothing remarkable. My time ended up being 26:38, also nothing remarkable.
It was a crisp day to run, the course was flat and after the race there was water, bagels, bananas and pizza. I had the pizza, of course. The long sleeve shirt that was handed out was very nice.
The route was through neighborhoods and there were about 40 runners. Read more »

Cass County

Beardstown has always been known as a tough little river town and as I drove through it today, I decided that is probably still true. But, although it looks a little run down in places, it has a lot of history and a lot of community spirit, as evidenced by this week-end's Fall Fun Festival and the Pat Cowen Memorial 5K that is a part of the festival.
The race is a very informal affair, with no water stops, timing board, race markings or mile posts. The runners' race numbers were hand drawn on card board and the race began when the guy said "Go." Read more »

Christian County

There were a lot of good races to choose from today to run in. Leading the pack would have been the Steamboat Classic 15K in Peoria County and the ERFAE Duckfest 5K in Richland County. There were other good races as well. However, I didn't think I'd be running at all today due to a kid's early baseball game. So, when that got rained out, I went close to home and ran in the Stonington Summerfest 5K run and walk. Read more »

Wabash County

Well, it was a long way to drive to run a 5K, but I really wanted to knock out Wabash County this year, so I drove to Mt. Carmel, Illinois this morning and ran in the Mt. Carmel Public Library Foundation 5K. It was a nice little race and my time was 25:52, not bad for me.
A year ago I didn't even think Wabash County had any races, but this is actually the third year in a row for this one. Read more »

Vermilion County

OK, so apparently a workout regimen of almost no running or stretching and a diet of high calory food, beer and soda is not the best way to stay in shape. Read more »

2009 goals

I'm not sure if setting goals is the greatest idea in the world, but here are my goals for 2009, as I continue my effort to run a race in all 102 counties in Illinois. Read more »

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