Face of the Race: One man, three jobs

By Cynthia Bruno | cbruno@wcia.com

Published 03/10 2014 11:02AM

Updated 03/10 2014 11:16AM

CHAMPAIGN- Mike Lindemann is one man, but he's undertaking three very important jobs in the community.

He's a co-owner of the Christie Clinic Ililnois Marathon, co-owner of Body and Sole Sports, and head women's basketball coach at Parkland College.
His days are busy, but he goes through each one with a smile. 

He starts his days early. Before the sun rises, he's out the door.
He starts every morning by walking his dogs, dropping them off, then heading back outside for a run.

After his run, he laces his shoes back up to head into Body and Sole Sports.
He's a co-owner of the sports store and has been with the company for 34 years. 

"I tell people I don't have a job. I've never worked becasue I'm just always doing something I really like doing, so to me it's not work, it's just fun. I've been a little kid ever since I started," Lindemann says.

That love for running is what got him involved with the marathon.
He became an owner three years ago.
So, as race day gets closer, he has a lot of meetings to go to, errands to run, and decisions to make. 
"Ever since the race, I've gotten in the habit of not sleeping very many hours, so I'm just kind of used to it now. I'm not the quite the zombie I used to be, when I just kind of dozed off," he says with a laugh.

Lindemann is the quieter of the race's two co-directors, but on the court he gets fired up.

"For me, it's kind of a release point from the store, the marathon, it gets me kind of refocused," he says. 

Lindemann loves what he does, everything he does.
So when we asked him which of his three jobs he would choose if he could only have just one, he reluctantly responded that basketball is his first love and coaching is his true passion.

Lindemann's schedule keeps him busier than a lot of people.
He says he couldn't do it without help.
That's why no matter what his day brings, it always ends in the same way. 

"The end of the day is, I go home and I thank my wife for being nice to me," says Lindemann.

His schedule now is just getting busier, his basketball team won their game this weekend and is headed to nationals.
Plus, the marathon is now less than two months away.  

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