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Kevin Hieronymus

Forbecks keep in the running

The family that runs together, stays together. That’s the motto the Forbeck family lives by.

Each member of the Gerald and Angie Forbeck family of Princeton won medals at the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Fall Fitness 5K Run on Oct. 7.

Gerald Forbeck won a medal for finishing first in the 40-44 year-old male age group with a time of 23:46.

Angie Forbeck won a medal for placing second in the 35-39 female age group with a time of 23:29.

Daughter Jamie Forbeck, 12, placed third in the 13-16 female age group with a time of 32:24.

Son Dillon, 11, received the third-place medal in the 12 and under male age group with a time of 23:19.

Angie says she started running 4 1/2 years ago when her sister-in-law asked her to run the Race for a Cure in Peoria. Six months later Gerald started up.

“He seen what it was doing for me, so he wanted to start up,” Angie said.

Next came Dillon, who trains with his mom, and has been running for two years. Jamie does not run a regular basis, though she has run two races with her family

“Running together as a family is great. We try to run together as often as we can. Our schedules are not the same with Jamie being in sports. I have to work out in the morning and everyone else in the evening,” Angie said.

And while Jamie does not run often, she was motivated to run the IVCH race, her mom said.

“She knew that if she ran the race she would get pumpkin pie at the end. It is her favorite,” Angie said

Talk about putting the carrot in front of the horse.

That’s just great when a family can find something they enjoy and spend time together. Doesn’t matter if its running, golf, bowling, or playing catch in the back yard.

Mom and dads, what matters is the time you spend with their kids. They’re not going to be kids for long. They grow up on you and move out, at least most of them do. What doesn’t go away are the memories you have created with them.

• Fall Classic: Wow, the San Francisco Giants sure took care of business in the MLB Postseason. First they came from down 2-0 in the NLDS to beat the Reds; and then they rallied to deal the Cards a stunning defeat in the NLCS after trailing 3-1 (that one still hurts). They were red-hot by then, so maybe it was no surprise they swept the Tigers in the World Series. I wonder how many World Series champs won seven straight games in the postseason.

It’s probably best they ended it in four games so the Fall Classic didn’t stretch into November. That just wouldn’t seem right.

• On track at L-P: Congrats to former Princeton assistant coach Marty Makransky, who was named as the new varsity boys’ track coach at LaSalle-Peru High School. He said he’s excited to become a head coach and is looking forward to the “run for the cake” against Princeton’s weight men.

“I’m really going to miss Dan (PHS coach Foes) and the kids,” said Makransky, who was an assistant at Princeton for nine years and former part-time business teacher.

Also hired at the recent L-P School Board meeting was Matt Glupczynski as the L-P varsity boys’ coach, replacing long-time coach Bill Booker, who was let go last spring.

Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact at khieronymus@bcrnews.com

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