July 4, 2012

Root wins back-to-back Freedom 5K titles

Ryan Root, from Champaign, IL, runs in the Freedom 5

July 4, 2012 - Urbana, IL - With a comfortable lead on the entire field of runners, Ryan Root, from Champaign, IL, cruises along the course during the annual Champaign-Urbana Freedom 5K. Root finished first overall with a time of 15:29. The former Centennial distance runner knocked nearly 45 seconds off his 2011 winning time for the overall champion title. Click here to discover more photos of Root in our files and follow this link to the entire gallery of photos from the 2012 Freedom 5K.

June 23, 2012

Plotner takes 2nd at Gifford 5K

June 23, 2012 - Gifford, IL - Corey Plotner, of St. Joseph, IL, runs to a second place finish in the men's 30 to 39 year-old division at the 2012 Gifford Community Celebration 5K. Plotner finished eighth overall at the race. See more photo coverage from the race here: Gifford 5K photo gallery.

April 28, 2012

Marathoners navigate through twin city course at the Illinois Marathon

Marathon runner Jason Lokwatom at the Illinois Marathon

Jason Lokwatom, from Ngong Hills, Kenya, runs through downtown Champaign during the 2012 Illinois Marathon earlier today. He finished the course at 2:22:46 to finish first out of the 1,137 men who ran this year's race. See more photos of Lokwatom, this year's overall champion, and other runners who tackled the 26.2 mile course in our race gallery here: Illinois Marathon photo gallery.

Decatur's Jordan Trump runs the Illinois Marathon in 2012

Running behind the eventual women's champion, Jackie Pirtle-Hall, Jordan Trump, from Decatur, IL, nears the 13-1/3 mile mark during the 2012 Illinois Marathon. He ran the 26.2 mile course at 2:50:26 to place 20th out of the 1,137 men who ran this year's race. Trump was finished 21st overall.

Michelle Corkum runs during the 2012 Illinois Marathon

Looking at the course ahead, Michelle Corkum runs down the center of Logan Street in Champaign during the 2012 Illinois Marathon. She finished the 26.2 mile course at 2:55:48 placing second out of the 740 women who ran this year's race. She clocked in 26th overall out of the more than 2,000 marathoners who ran today and secured second place in her age division.

Bloomington runner Levi Kibler

Passing the halfway mark on the course, Levi Kibler, from Bloomington, IL, keeps a smooth stride as he passes the intersection of Logan and South Market Street in Champaign. He cruised to a time of 3:03:07 finishing 41st in the Illinois Marathon men's division and 45th overall.

Dan Punkay grabs energy gel on the run.

Dan Punkay, from Champaign, IL, sheds a glove to grab energy gel while running along West John Street in Champaign. He finished 26.2 mile course at 3:55:39 to place 481st and crossed the finish line 642st overall.

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