It’s finally here! No more bulbous winter jackets, big boots, and tightly wound scarves. Spring has arrived.

With warm (-er) weather comes many perks, including all the outdoor activities that students, faculty and residents of Champaign-Urbana have been waiting all winter long to engage in.

In case joggers and power-walkers need a little extra training before the Illinois Marathon being held on campus on April 11, they can attend “C-U on the Trails” which is a 5k walk/run for fun being held at Douglass Park, put on by the Champaign Park District on April 4.

Coming up on May 10, the first of many outdoor concerts, also hosted by Champaign Park District will be held at 3pm at Hessel Park. Rock, blues, jazz and folk are just a few of the genres that the line-up of bands will be playing all summer long.

Allerton Park, a gift given to the University of Illinois by Robert Allerton, is a great place to go hiking, biking or just walking. The park has carved sculptures scattered throughout, extensive flower gardens and plenty of trails to walk on. The park is open daily from 8a.m. until sundown and directions can be located by going to their website.

For those not willing to travel far to enjoy the lovely weather, U of I’s very own ARC will be holding some interesting instructional clinics such as the canoe/kayak instructional clinic on April 4 from 10-11a.m. for only $10. The clinic will help with the beginning techniques of canoeing and safety. Also, there will be a horse-back riding clinic held on April 17 from 1-3p.m. at the Stable near Lodge, west of Champaign. For $30, horse riding basics including: grooming, saddling and cantering will be taught.

Clearly, there is a plethora of activities to partake in this spring. There are hundreds of other activities besides these just waiting to be discovered.

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