By Sarah Bransley
Are you a runner or know someone that runs? Ever seen those super happy people covered in color or mud? Those are marathon runners and at UIUC we have all sorts of marathons you can take part in. From a Color Run to our Boston qualifying Illinois Marathon, there’s probably a run for you.
Now I haven’t run in a really long time (like since middle school) but I got to experience the Illinois Marathon first hand because my previous employer, Einstein Bros Bagels, is a sponsor of the race! I was at the starting line handing out bagel bites with cream cheese and coffee to both runners and those coming to cheer them on. The atmosphere at these events is all about good energy and happiness. Most runners just want to finish whatever race they’ve signed up for so there’s less competition and more comradery. I had many friends run in various races (5k, 10k, or the full) and they all finished! I’ve also had friends who were less distance-orientated run in the “fun” races like the Color Run. That’s basically a race where they throw colored paint/chalk at you as you reach certain check points. So much fun!
As a transfer student, sometimes we don’t know what the town we transfer to has to offer. That’s what this blog and TAG is for, to tell you guys what our school and town has to offer! If you are a runner, or just want to do something fun, grab some friends and sign up for a run this season! I’m sure you’ll have a blast. Maybe I’ll even see you there!