The Fit List

The Fit List

You can start your holiday weekend off with a 5K race and fireworks tonight, and take your pick of races on the Fourth.

There’s also some local races and a ride in the coming weekends.

Here’s the race schedule:

This weekend:
— Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce 5K Run & Walk
This race is this evening. The walk starts at 7:15 p.m. and the run starts at 7:30 p.m. Stick around afterward (you can shower at Rantoul’s pool) and get free admission to the Rocking the Runway Firecracker Bash, with food booths, inflatables, music and fireworks. For more information, see the chamber’s website at

— Freedom 5K
Champaign’s annual 5K run and walk on the Fourth of July starts and finishes at Assembly Hall at 11:05 a.m., with the parade following two hours later. 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. July 4. There’s also a 1-mile run and walk. Click here for the race flyer.

— Park to Park 5 Miler
This Fourth of July race starts at 7:30 a.m. at Miller Park in Bloomington and finishes at Fairview Park in Normal. There is bus transportation between the two parks. Here’s the info.

Weekend of July 10:
— Fisher Fair 5K
The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at the fairgrounds and you can register on race day from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Registration comes with an option for no t-shirt and a cheaper entry fee. There’s also a non-competitive walk.
I’ve never run this race before — I’ll be doing it for the first time this year — but a running buddy of mine who does runs it regularly says there are LOTS of door prizes given away after the race.
For more information, see the website at

— Dog Days 5K
Another evening race for those of you who like to sleep in. This race at Lake Bloomington (about 10 miles north of Bloomington) starts at 6 p.m. July 10. Register by July 5 and save some money on the entry fee. This race also has an option to pay less money and not get a t-shirt. Here’s the website:

— Pedaling for Kicks
This Saturday ride on July 10 starts at the East White Oak Bible Church, northwest of Bloomington-Normal, and it benefits The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, International. Cyclists have their choice of six different routes: two “family routes,” one 10 miles and the other 20 miles; and routes covering distances of 25, 40, 50 and 67 miles. For more information, go to the website at

Weekend of July 17:
— Run for the Bagel 5K and 10K
There’s a 5K and 10K run, 5K walk, and 1-mile fun run on Saturday, July 17. All the races (other than the fun run) have chip timing.
Register by July 14 or it will cost you $3 more. Go to the Mattoon YMCA website at and click on the race logo to get an entry form. Or register online by going to and clicking on “Run for the Bagel” under the list of Upcoming Events on the lower right side.

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

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