The Fit List

The Fit List

There are events for both runners and bicyclists in the next few weekends.

This weekend:
— Buffalo Trace Trail Run

If you haven’t run on the trails at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet, get out there this weekend. The Buffalo Trace Trail Run features a 5-mile race on grassy trails, over rolling hills and through both wooded areas and prairie meadows. It’s a lovely trail for running.
There’s also a 2-mile trail walk. The run and walk are at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. You can register on race day, from 6 to 7:30 a.m.
For more information, check the website at

— Tour de Champaign/Urbana Grand Prix Cycling

Cyclists can race on two different courses in this two-day event this weekend. The Tour de Champaign will take place Saturday in the University of Illinois Research Park, with cyclists riding a .85-mile course. 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 course, and cyclists will be racing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The various races this weekend will last from 30 to 70 minutes.
For more information, go to or call 359-6960.

Memorial Day weekend:
— Memorial Day 5K Run & Walk

The annual Memorial Day 5K in Danville is just $10 to enter and proceeds go to programs that benefit veterans. The race is held on the grounds of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
For more information go to the Kennekuk Road Runners website at, click on “Events/Results” at the top of the page, and then on “Memorial Day 5K” on the left side.
— Bike the Drive

If you’ll be in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend, consider the Bike the Drive ride.
Bicyclists will cruise along Lake Shore Drive, with no cars, on Sunday morning, May 30. The drive opens to cyclists at 5:30 a.m. The cyclists will leave the road by 9:45 a.m. or so, and move to the Lakefront Trail or the post-ride festival in Grant Park. Lake Shore Drive is re-opened to cars at 10:30 a.m.
Cyclists must register. It will cost you $45 in advance or $55 on the day of the event. The ride is a fundraiser for the Active Transportation Alliance, which works to make improvements for and encourage biking, walking and use of public transit.
For more information, see the website at

June 5-6 weekend:
— Douglas-Hart Nature Center Prairie Loop Run

This 3-mile run and 1-mile fun run is on a chipped limestone trail in the Douglas-Hart Nature Center in Mattoon on June 5.
“It’s great place to do a run,” said Tina Hissong, the race director. “You’re running through the woods. You run through the prairie. It’s an off-the-road run, but very comfortable.”
This is the first year for the race. You get a break on entry fees if you register by June 1. You can also register the day of the event.
Register online at, download a registration form at, or call 217/235-4644 for information.

— Art Gallery Bicycle Tour

This ride on June 5 features a tour of art galleries and shops in Champaign-Urbana. The $10 entry fee will be donated to the 40 North/88 West arts organization.
The ride begins at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana at 10 a.m., when the galleries open. Cyclists ride at their own pace and visit the galleries they are interested in.
They’ll also be able to enter drawings for prizes donated by the participating galleries. Some local restaurants will offer discounts for riders.
The ride is sponsored by Champaign Cycle. Call them at 352-7600 for more information.

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