Nick Hird, a former running standout from Alleman High School, showed that his best days of pounding the pavement aren't behind him.
This past weekend, the 29-year-old, who now lives in Naperville, won the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. He cruised through the streets of Champaign and Urbana in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 56 seconds. He averaged a 5:30 per mile pace for the race that winds through the University of Illinois campus and finishes at the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium.
Hird, a former NCAA Div. III All-American at North Central College, where he is now coaching, won by nearly six minutes, beating runner-up Arturs Bareikis (2:29.42).