The Fit List

Cyclists, there are opportunities for you to ride this weekend, race next weekend, or watch others race.

— Tour de Champaign/Urbana Grand Prix Cycling

The Tour de Champaign and Urbana Grand Prix are scheduled for the weekend of May 22-23.

The two-day event features races on two separate courses. The Tour de Champaign will take place Saturday in the University of Illinois Research Park, with cyclists riding a .85-mile course on First Street, St. Mary’d Road, Oak Street and Hazelwood Drive. The races will begin about 2:15 p.m. that day and go until 6:30 p.m.

Sunday’s Urbana Grand Prix will be a 1K, eight-corner course that includes Main and Race streets and Broadway Avenue. Cyclists will be racing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The various races will last from 30 to 70 minutes, and feature bikers riding up to 30 mph.

For more information, go to www.fluidevents.org or call 359-6960.

— Sangamon River Valley Bike Ride

There’s more biking fun this Sunday at the Sangamon River Valley Bike Ride in Monticello. Riders can choose from 16, 25, 35 and 46 mile rides. For more information, see the website at www.monticellolions.org/lions-bike-ride.php.

— Twin City Twosome.

The team event, featuring a 5K run and 2.5K walk, is at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crystal Lake Park.
You can register today from noon to 6 p.m. at Human Kinetics, or from 7:30 to 8:45 at the park on race day.

— Buffalo Trace Trail Run

This 5-mile run or 2-mile walk is on the grass trails at Lake of the Woods Park in Mahomet at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 22. For more information, see the website at www.secondwindrunningclub.org/BuffaloRace/BuffaloTrailRace.htm.

— Memorial Day 5K Run & Walk

If you’re looking for a race on Memorial Day, head over to Danville for the 5K on the grounds of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. It starts at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, and the entry fee is ridiculously low. Just $5 for runners or walkers registered by May 24, and $10 after that. Are there any other races that cheap anymore?

It’s a minimalist race with few expenses, said Race Director Dave King. And all the proceeds are donated to the Veterans Centered Care Initiative, for the benefit of the veterans. Part of the money donated from this year’s race will go to stock a pond on the grounds so veterans can fish there. If you run the race, the route goes past the pond.

The route will be a little different this year than in years past, King said. Runners ran one loop twice in the past. This year, they’ll run the loop once, then run a second loop that goes through an area where a golf course used to be located.

If you have an event you'd like to see included in The Fit List, e-mail me at jheckel@news-gazette.com.

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