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The Fit List

Looking for a change of pace for a 5K race? Try an evening run.

The Rantoul Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Fourth of July celebration that includes an evening 5K run and walk. The Rocking the Runway Firecracker Bash is on Friday, July 2.

The chamber had a morning 5K last year, the first time it had a Fourth of July race in about 20 years, said Chris Kaler, executive director of the Rantoul Chamber of Commerce.

Kaler credits Tim Weitekamp of Rantoul, who has coordinated many races over the years, with coming up with the idea for an evening run. Kaler hopes it will fill a niche, and that the celebration will attract runners and their families.

“We anticipate that if we’re able to have some other activities going on, runners would stay,” Kaler said. “Hopefully they can make an evening of it and bring their families out.”

The walk starts at 7:15 p.m. and the run starts at 7:30 p.m. Entry fees are $20, or $10 for kids 10 and under, before June 15. After that date, entry fees are $25, or $15 for kids.

All finishers will receive medals, and those who register by June 14 will be guaranteed a shirt. Runners will have access to showers at Rantoul’s pool after the race.

The Fourth celebration will feature food booths and inflatables for the kids beginning at 6 p.m. Music from Ryan Ideus and the Feuden Hillbillys Band will begin about 7:30 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Kaler said there will be several vintage cars on display as well.
Admission to the event is free for registered runners and walkers, and to veterans. Others pay $6 each, or $3 for kids ages 6 to 12.

For more information, see the chamber’s website at

— Art Gallery Bicycle Tour rescheduled.
If you were disappointed that last weekend’s Art Gallery Bicycle Tour was rained it, you have another chance. It’s been rescheduled for this Saturday.
It will start at Meadowbrook Park and your $10 entry fee will be donated to the 40 North/88 West arts organization.
For information, see Champaign Cycle’s website at, and click on the logo for the Art Gallery Bicycle Tour.

Here’s the rest of the lineup for this weekend and next:

— Lake Mingo Trail Run.
This 7.1-mile run at Kennekuk Cove County Park is at 9 a.m. Saturday. The run is on a hilly trail surrounding Lake Mingo. For information or a registration form, go to, click on “Events/Results” at the top of the page, and then on “Lake Mingo” on the left side.

— Crossroads Dash 15K and 5K.
This 15K run and 5K run/walk is at 8 a.m. Saturday in Effingham. Link to a registration form here. Call 217/342-4147 for more information.

— Ogden Lions Club Benefit Bike Ride.
This ride on Saturday benefits Camp Lions, a summer camp for visually impaired young people. It starts and ends in in downtown Ogden, and there are 12-, 32- and 62-mile routes. For more information, to register online or to download a brochure, go to and click on the link for the bike ride. Or call Bill Gillespie at 621-9943, or e-mail at LionE1Z3[@]

— Wheelin’ Around the Lake.
Another cycling opportunity this weekend. This is the McLean County Wheelers Spring Metric Ride in Comlara Park, north of Normal. It’s on Saturday, and there are three different 20-mile routes available. For more information, see the Wheelers’ website at

— Tour deWitt.
This ride, on June 19, is part of Clinton’s 175th birthday celebration weekend. The ride is put on by the McLean County Wheelers and it starts at Clinton’s downtown square. There are 25-, 35-, and 67-mile routes. For more information, go to the Wheeler’s website at

— Steamboat Classic.
The Classic in Peoria is on June 19 and includes a 15K and a 4-mile run. New this year, there’s also a 4K run for kids younger than high school age and for runners with disabilities. For more information, check out the race website at

— Tanger Fit for Families 5K.
This 5K run and walk is at the Tanger Outlet center in Tuscola on June 20. Proceeds benefit the Mills Breast Cancer Institute at Carle Clinic. Here’s the website for the race:

If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at jheckel[@]

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