The Fit List

The Fit List

Now that warm weather is here and more fitness activities are scheduled, I’ll be providing a list of some upcoming events each week. The “Fit List” debuts today.

I’d like to hear from you about events you are organizing or participating in. If you have something you’d like to see included, please e-mail me at

— Twin City Twosome

You can take your pick of a couple of running events and a bike ride on the weekend of May 15-16. That’s when the Twin City Twosome will take place in Crystal Lake Park.

The race is at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 15. For those unfamiliar with it, the Twosome is a race for two-person teams to run a 5K each in relay fashion, or walkers to do a 2.5K. Awards are given in several divisions, including combined-age categories, parent-child, and spouses.

Don’t have a running or walking partner? You can run the 5K or walk the 2.5K as an individual too.

The Twosome raises money for the Crisis Nursery, the TIMES Center men’s emergency shelter, and A Woman’s Fund. New this year, the Twosome will include a Champions for Children Walk that will raise money for the Children’s Advocacy Center.

The center provides services to victims of child abuse. Walkers can raise money through sponsorship and pledges.

For more information on the race, go to the website at or call (217) 403-7534. Racers can register online, or in person at Human Kinetics (which organizes the race) from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 14th, or at Crystal Lake Park from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. on race day.

— Kirby Derby

Also on May 15 is the Kirby Derby in Monticello. The event features 10K and 5K runs, a 5K walk, and a 100-yard kid’s race. The race starts in Forest Preserve Park.

For more information about the race, call Cindy Nelson at (217) 762-6282 or e-mail her at

— Sangamon River Valley Bike Ride

For those who would rather ride than run, there’s the Sangamon River Valley Bike Ride, also in Monticello, on Sunday, May 16.

The ride is sponsored by the Monticello Lions Club and starts on the square in Monticello. Riders can choose from 16, 25, 35 and 46 mile rides. They’ll be served lunch on the square between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information, see the website at

— Free Fitness Week at Urbana Park District

Try out any fitness class offered by the Urbana Park District for free during the week of May 10. You can see if Pilates or cardio kickboxing is for you before signing up for classes. Tai Chi classes are not included.

For a list of fitness classes offered, check out the park district’s Leisure Guide online at

— Buffalo Trace Trail Run

Run the grass trails at Lake of the Woods Park in Mahomet on Saturday, May 22. The Buffalo Trace Trail Run features a 5-mile run and 2-mile walk.

The early registration deadline for a reduced entry fee is Monday. For more information, see the website at

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