March 29, 2017

Wayback Wednesday: 7 races from '12

With the annual Illinois Marathon, Champaign-Urbana's queen of area road racing, just a mere three weeks down the road, we published more than 2,000 photos in our online archive today from races we covered back in 2012. The seven galleries feature runners, both local and from far away, who were captured competing in the events like the Illinois Marathon, the Mahomet Half Marathon, the annual 4th of July Freedom 5K and other races held in Champaign County.

In this week's Wayback Wednesday feature set five years ago, here are ten photographs of winners, local favorites and visually fun photos from re-released PhotoNews Media curated collection.


Beau Barber and Dean Meyer go all out

August 11, 2012 - St. Joseph, IL - With 15 yards to go, Beau Barber (left) and Dean Meyer go all out as they approach the finish line at the 2012 St. Joseph 5K. Barber, who held on to his ultra thin lead, crossed over a split second ahead of Meyer. Barber was 30th while Meyer finished 31st in their Chariots of Fire like sprint to the finish line.


 Peter Kemboi, from Hebron, KY, runs during the 2012 Illinois Marathon

April 28, 2012 - Champaign, IL - Turning the corner at Logan and Neil Street in Champaign, Peter Kemboi, from Hebron, KY, runs during the 2012 Illinois Marathon. He finished the 26.2 mile course at 2:29:30 to place third out of the 1,137 men who ran this year's race. Kemboi finished third overall.


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

July 4, 2012 - Urbana, IL - Ryan Root, from Champaign, IL, runs in the 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.


Julia Williams runs to a first place finish

August 18, 2012 - Mahomet, IL - Julia Williams runs to a first place finish in the Women's 25-29 age division at the 2012 Mahomet Half Marathon. Williams crossed the finish line 21st overall with a time of 1:30:27.0.


Jeremy Pennington and JD Leman head for the viaduct on Logan Street at the Illinois Marathon

April 28, 2012 - Champaign, IL - Jeremy Pennington and JD Leman, both from Oak Park, IL, and another runner maintain a loose pack as they head for the viaduct on Logan Street between the 13th and 14th mile markers of the 2012 Illinois Marathon course. Pennington, who finished 36th, and Leman, at 37th overall, both clocked in at 3:01:05. In its third installment the marathon and sibling half marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners and supporters to the twin cities for the weekend.


Alexander Lo runs to a fourth place finish at the Mahomet Half Marathon

August 18, 2012 - Mahomet, IL - Alexander Lo runs to a fourth place finish in the Men's 40-44 age division at the 2012 Mahomet Half Marathon. Lo crossed the finish line 40th overall with a time of 1:40:46.3. Proceeds from the race go to help operate the Mahomet Area Youth Club.



June 23, 2012 - Gifford, IL - Connor Millar, of Thomasboro, runs to a second place finish in the men's 20 to 29 year-old division at the 2012 Gifford Community Celebration 5K. Millar finished third overall. Millar, a graduate from Rantoul Township High School, won the inaugural race four years earlier.


Marty Williams runs to a first place at the annual MAYC race.

August 18, 2012 - Mahomet, IL - Rounding the corner near the high school stadium and track, Marty Williams runs to a first place finish in the Mens' 40-44 age division at the 2012 Mahomet 5K. Williams crossed the finish line sixth overall with a time of 18:43.8.


Future All-American Chelsea Blaase runs at the 2012 SJO 5K.

August 11, 2012 - St. Joseph, IL - Improving on her 2011 finish, Chelsea Blaase, who won both state cross country and track titles this past academic year, runs to a 16th place overall finish at the 2012 St. Joseph 5K. It took Tennessee recruit 19:32 to complete the course to best her 21st overall finish in 2011. Proceeds from the event are donated to the St. Joseph Junior High and St. Joseph-Ogden High School Cross-Country programs where she was a standout athlete.


John Davidson runs to a 87th place finish at the St. Joseph 5K

August 11, 2012 - St. Joseph, IL - With 15 yards to go, John Davidson runs to a 87th place finish at the 2012 St. Joseph 5K. It took Davidson just 24:53 to complete the course. Proceeds from the event are donated to the St. Joseph Junior High and St. Joseph-Ogden High School Cross-Country programs.

Want to see more?

Use the links to below to visit the gallery of each of the races below. You can also search to see if we have photos of a specific runner by name using the gallery search box located in the upper-right hand corner of this page.

  • 04-28-12 Illinois Marathon
  • 06-23-12 Gifford 5K
  • 07-04-12 Freedom 5K
  • 07-07-12 Firecracker 5K
  • 08-11-17 St. Joseph 5K
  • 08-18-12 Mahomet Half Marathon
  • 08-18-12 Mahomet 5K


  • Looking for photos from a race we covered in the past 15 years for your scrapbook, family album or to display in your home or office? We would be happy to search our offline image archives for you. Go here to request an archive search to see what photos we have in our collection available for personal and editorial use: Archive Search Request. Use the search request to see additional photos from each of the matches highlighted above if you can't find the images you are looking for in our online archive here.

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