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Outdoors: Nike race will provide challenge, and a concert

CHICAGO - It is being billed as the largest one day running event ever. The Nike+Human Race is a 10K that offers runners the chance to make a difference in the global community while making their body a little healthier at the same time. Staged in 25 cities throughout the world, the local segment of the Human Race takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Soldier Field. After the race, participants can make their way into Soldier Field for a post-race concert with Fall Out Boy, a rock band with Chicago roots. Each host city will hold a post-race concert. Chicago's Kanye West is set to perform in Los Angeles. New York, London, Madrid, Paris, Istanbul, Melbourne, Shanghai, São Paulo and Vancouver are a few of the other host cities. If you can't make it to Chicago for the event you can still participate by using the Nike+SportBand and logging into nikeplus.com to sign up. The driving force behind the race was to help humanity and offer amateur athletes the chance to compete on a grand stage. “The Human Race extends the spirit of global competition that we see in the Olympics,” Nike spokeswoman Cindy Hamilton said. “Only a small percentage of the world's population gets to compete in the Olympics. What's unique about the Human Race is the idea to extend the competition to everyone all over the world. Having so many people compete will be extraordinary. We wanted to extend the opportunity that elite athletes experience to everyone.” The 10K-loop course begins and ends at Soldier Field. I've registered for the race, and am looking forward to the running, the concert and then writing a detailed recap of the experience in the Outdoors column the following week. In pledge-a-thon fashion, runners can raise money for their own charity as part of their training for the 10K. Hamilton suggested using a pledge sheet, where friends and family donate a monetary amount for each mile a participant runs prior to the Human Race. Thus motivation would come not only to prepare for the race, but to help out a hand-picked charity. Part of the proceeds from the $35 registration fee will go to three not-for profit organizations; the WWF, the global conservation organization, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the UN refugee agency's ninemillion.org campaign.    “The three non-profit organizations were carefully selected,” Hamilton said. “Nike has been a big supporter of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, ninemillion.org supports education for refugee children and with the WWF Nike continues to support an organization committed to reducing climate change.” You can register for the Human Race at www.nikeplus.com/humanrace. The registration fee is $35 and includes a Nike Dri-Fit shirt and a ticket to the Fall Out Boy concert. Registration closes on Aug. 22 at midnight. Race packets cannot be picked up on race day; instead you must head to either NikeTown on 669 North Michigan Ave. in Chicago between noon and 8 p.m. on Aug. 22 or between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Aug. 23. Fleet Feet, located at 124 E. Schiller Street in Elmhurst, will also have packet pick up between noon and 5 p.m. on Aug. 24. “Nike is a company built by runners,” Hamilton said. “Running is in our DNA.” Fishing League Finals The Shabbona Young Anglers Fishing League concluded last Wednesday with the Reel'n Royals taking home a first-place finish with 233 points. The Killer Bass were a close second with 213 points and the Gillinators finished third with 179 points. Fly Fish'n Fools racked up 166 points, Bobberheads 116 points and Team Catfish had 88 points.  Casey Dyon of Sandwich caught the largest bass at 16 inches, Jack Warner of Hinckley caught the largest catfish at 25 inches, Jeremy Perales of Hinckley caught the largest crappie at 10 inches and Cristian Simpkins of Hinckley hooked the largest bluegill at 8 inches. Dyon had a huge week last week, recording the most points in one night (54) which brought him to a league best 70 points. The 16-inch bass Dyon caught was a big reason why he earned the Most Improved Award. In Individual competition, Dyon was followed by Simpkins who racked up 67 points, Steven Urda of Shabbona with 63 points, Sam Kimpan of Hinckley with 56 points and Alex Perales of Hinckley who also had 56 points. Waterfoul Dates The initial recommendations by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for fall waterfoul hunting season have been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. There will be a 60-day duck hunting season, and 85-day Canada goose season in the North and Central zones and a 66-day Canada goose season in the South zone. Canvasback season has been closed, and the daily bag limit for wood ducks has been raised from two to three birds. Population counts and other information can be accessed at the IDNR website at http://dnr.state.il.us/. Atchison Update Being front and center was the goal. After finishing the Chicago Distance Classic on Sunday in 1:23:57, John Atchison, President of the NIU TriDogs will get his wish and be in Corral A for the Chicago Marathon. Atchison finished in 118th place out of 8,692 runners at the CDC and now has his sights set on the Oct. 12 Chicago Marathon. But first the giant task of preparing for the 26.2 mile course that starts and finishes in Grant Park near Buckingham Fountain. “I'm happy I came in with a good time,” Atchison said. “But now I've got to keep up with my training so I can be ready for the Marathon.”

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