The Fit List

Let the Fourth of July races begin.

— Kracker Klassic
The first of the local 5K races that are part of Independence Day celebrations is Saturday in Tolono. It has reinstated its Kracker Klassic at Fun Day.
There’s a 5K run and walk, as well as a 1-mile fun run/walk and a 1/4-mile kids race. The kids race starts at 7:15 a.m., the 1-miler at 7:30 and the 5K at 7:45. Here’s a link to the race form.

— Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce 5K Run & Walk
This evening run and walk on Friday, July 2, is part of Rantoul’s Rocking the Runway Firecracker Bash. The walk starts at 7:15 p.m. and the run starts at 7:30 p.m.
Runners and walkers will have access to showers at Rantoul’s pool after the race, and they’ll get free admission to the celebration, which includes food booths, inflatables, music and fireworks. For more information, see the chamber’s website at www.rantoulchamber.com.

— Freedom 5K
Champaign’s annual 5K run and walk starts and finishes at Assembly Hall on July 4 and covers part of the Fourth of July parade route. The race starts at 11:05 a.m., with the parade following two hours later.
Get your registration post-marked by Saturday and save $5. Race day registration begins at 9:30 a.m. There’s also a free youth run around Assembly Hall, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Here’s a link for more information and a race form.

— Knights of Columbus 5K
This run and walk in Paxton starts at 8 a.m. on the Fourth at Pells Park. Instead of a t-shirt, participants get a drawstring bag. There’s also a 1-mile run and walk.
Click here for the race flyer.

— Park to Park 5 Miler
This race starts at Miller Park in Bloomington and finishes at Fairview Park in Normal. It’s at 7:30 a.m. July 4, and it attracts about 500 runners, according to the Lake Run Club’s website. Sounds pretty cool.
And you won’t have to walk back to your car. There will be bus transportation between the two parks.
Here’s the info.

I mentioned in last week’s Fit List that one of the upcoming Fourth of July races is the Lovington is on the Move 5K run and walk. One of the folks associated with that race told me it was cancelled this year due to lack of volunteers.

For those looking for some activity this weekend:

— Shamrock Race to the Cross
This race in Effingham on Saturday includes a 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run. It’s sponsored by Sacred Heart School and benefits the school’s booster club. For the race flyer, go to www.sheff.org and click on “Race to the Cross” at the top of the page.

— Daycation Museum Bicycle Tour Series, ride to Sadorus
This is the in a series of bike rides to area museums on the last Saturday of the month during the summer. It goes to the Ship Model Museum in Sadorus.
The ride starts at 9 a.m. at Countryside School at the corner of Kirby and Staley in southwest Champaign. There is no charge for the ride, but riders will have to pay the $5 museum admission fee.
Go to http://champaigncycle.com and click on “2010 Staycation Museum Bike Tour Series” for more information. You should e-mail Peter Davis at museumtours@champaigncycle.com if you plan to ride, so the museums will know how many people to expect.

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

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