Today is the day that the Illinois Marathon weekend is descends upon Champaign-Urbana. Some may be slighly irritated by this massive event, as streets all through Champaign and Urbana are blocked to accommodate the thousands of runners who will hit the pavement in 4 different races. However, there’s no denying that it has a huge economic impact on our area, and has really become a pretty giant deal over it’s 9 years of existence. Runner or not, it’s hard not get wrapped up in the excitement...so many people coming together to achieve something whether it be as a volunteer, runner, or just a spectator cheering on the throngs as they run by (as you secretly smile and sip your coffee since you’re not the one huffing and puffing).
Julie found some half-marathon, 10K, and 5K participants who are running with a greater purpose this weekend.