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Take your kids on a bike ride this weekend.

The Health and Wellness Family Bike Ride is a short, self-guided tour to spots in downtown Urbana.

It starts at the C-U Safe Routes to School Bike Rodeo, at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Market at the Square. Families ride at their own pace and visit the spots they want. The locations on the bike ride are: Common Ground Food Coop, where you can get a free apple when you pick up a route map; Courier Cafe, where you can get coupons for a free iced tea or milk shake; Silvercreek, for a free strawberry lemonade and discount coupon for Sunday brunch; Phillips Recreation Center; the Urbana Free Library, which will have activities in Cherry Alley; and Carle Park.

There will be drawings for prizes at 1 p.m. at Common Ground Food Coop.

The idea of the ride is to help people incorporate bicycling into their lives and see they can bike to a store or a restaurant instead of driving, said Cynthia Hoyle, a transportation planning consultant with the MTD.

Also, she said, “I was trying to build new relationships between the bicycling community and downtown merchants.”

You can preregister for the ride at www.champaigncountybikes.org.

Also this weekend:
— Run for the Bagel 5K and 10K
The 5K and 10K runs, 5K walk, and 1-mile fun run are in Mattoon on Saturday. All the races (other than the fun run) have chip timing.
Race time is 7:30 a.m. Race day registration begins at 6:15 a.m. Go to the Mattoon YMCA website at www.mattoonymca.org to see the race flier with directions to the race.

Weekend of July 24:
— Loda Good Ole Days Celebration 5K Trail Run
This race on Saturday evening, July 24, covers 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.
Click here for a link to the race brochure.

— Springfield Tri Fest
There are three events for triathletes on July 24 and 25. The Dew the Tri for Kids is at 10 a.m. Saturday, for kids ages 5 to 13. Kids swim 100 yards, bike 1.1 miles, then run 1,000 yards.
The Stoneman Sprint Triathlon is at 8 a.m. Sunday. It is a 500-yard swim and a 12-mile bike ride, followed by a 5K run. The race is a qualifier for the Illinois Senior Olympics.
The Iron Abe Triathlon starts at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. It consists of a .9-mile swim, a 24.8-mile bike ride and a 10K run.
For more information, see www.springfieldtrifest.com.

Weekend of July 31-Aug. 1:
— Daycation Museum Bicycle Tour
The next ride in this tour series sponsored by Champaign Cycle is a July 31 ride to Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul. The ride leaves at 9 a.m. from the Brookens building at 1776 E. Washington, Urbana. There is no charge for the ride, but cyclists will need to pay the $10 admission to the museum.
For more information, go to http://champaigncycle.com and click on “2010 Daycation Museum Bike Tour Series.”

— Lytle Park Triathlon
Here’s another opportunity for multisport athletes. This Aug. 1 triathlon in Mattoon has a pool swim, rather than an open water swim. It’s 300 meters in the pool, followed by 12.5 miles on the bike and a 3-mile run.
Here’s a link to information about the triathlon.

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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