The Fit List

The Fit List

Get your vegetables and your exercise on Saturday, July 17, in Urbana.

Several local organizations are encouraging families to include fitness in everyday activities by bicycling to places they want to go, such as the farmers’ market. They’ve organized the first Health and Wellness Family Bike Ride, which aims to be a short, fun ride around downtown Urbana for families.

It will start at the C-U Safe Routes to School Bike Rodeo being held beginning at 9 a.m. July 17 at the Market at the Square in Urbana. The ride is a self-guided tour of several spots in downtown Urbana, including Phillips Recreation Center, the Urbana Free Library and local restaurants. Participating businesses and organizations include Common Ground Food Coop, Courier Cafe, Silvercreek, Phillips Recreation Center, Carle Park and the Urbana Free Library.

Drawings for prizes will be at 1 p.m. at Common Ground Food Co-op at Lincoln Square Village. The prizes include gift certificates, pool passes, a bike helmet, and t-shirts. You can preregister for the ride at

Here are events for this weekend and upcoming weekends:

This weekend:
— Fisher Fair 5K
The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds and you can register on race day from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. There’s also a non-competitive walk.
For more information, see the website at

— Dog Days 5K
This evening race at Lake Bloomington (about 10 miles north of Bloomington) starts at 6 p.m. Saturday. Here’s the website:

— Pedaling for Kicks
Saturday’s ride 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

— Rodney T. Miller Lakeside Triathlon
If you’re a swimmer, cyclist and runner, it’s not too late to enter this triathlon in Decatur on Sunday. Online registration is open until midnight Friday night. The online entry form says there is on-site registration this weekend as well.
The race is in memory of Rodney Miller, an Illinois State Trooper who died in the line of duty. He was a college swimmer and later a triathlete. I met another trooper and former co-worker of Mr. Miller, Mike Atkinson, last year during marathon training, and he convinced me to do this triathlon last year. Lake Decatur was pretty grimy, but otherwise I really enjoyed it.
The race is at 8 a.m. Sunday at Nelson Park in Decatur, and it consists of a .7-mile swim, 19-mile bike ride and 4.5-mile run.
There’s also a kids race at 8 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Park in Decatur. The distances vary for the various age groups for the kids.
For more information, go to

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.

— Evergreen Lake Triathlons
This event on July 17 includes international distance and sprint distance triathlons at Comlara County Park near Hudson. The international distance is a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike and a 10K run. The sprint distance is a 500-meter swim, a 40K bike and a 5K run.
There is no race day registration.
For information, see the website at

Weekend of July 24:
— Loda Good Ole Days Celebration 5K Trail Run
Another evening race. It consists of two loops on a path with rolling hills at Lake Iroquois. There is also a kids run for those 13 and under on a half-mile loop.
Race time is 6:30 p.m. and there is race day registration beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Awards include categories for youngest boy and girl finishers, senior man and woman, top dog (participants running with a leashed dog), and top family, an award for best combined time of a parent in the 5K and a child in the kids run.
The Lake Iroquois Association pool will be open to participants after the race.
Here’s a link to the race brochure.

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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