Monday, January 5, 2009

CARA Announces Runners' Choice Series

Some familar events and some new players are part of CARA's new Runners Choice Series, announced Monday. Newcomers include the CARA Lakefront 10-miler, Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10-miler and the Hot Chocolate 15K. Some races from Circuits before 2008's have returned, including the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Rock N' Roll Half-Marathon (formerly the Chicago Distance Classic) the Banco Popular Chicago Half-Marathon and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Off the Series this year are the Elgin 10-miler and Sycamore Pumpkin Festival 10K.
Here is the URL for the list.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Off to a Good Start

I don't know about you, but 2009 has been good so far. The paths are clear and the pavement is dry -- for now. I ran with the Elmhurst Running Club on Jan. 1. Their annual New Year's run took us into the City Centre area and past Elmhurst College. We had a great turnout and were treated to a superb brunch at Jayne Aspan's house afterward. I've had a couple of good runs since then as I try to coax my body into marathon mode for Boston. The fact that I have a rotator cuff problem that is preventing me from cross-country skiing is helping my running, by forcing me to do more of it! Yep, there's always a silver lining. I'm thinking of doing one of the local 5Ks this month. How about you? What are your plans for 2009? I know I'm running Boston. Until I know which races are on CARA's new Runner's Choice Series, I don't know what other races I'll be running. Stay warm. Stay safe.