The Fit List

The Fit List

The Fit List is back, after a vacation hiatus last week.
I hope you’ve been biking, because the Prairie Cycle Club’s main event is this weekend. The C-U Ride Across the Prairie is on Saturday, and you can ride 17, 35 or 65 mile routes, on flat to slightly rolling roads near Mahomet. Breakfast, lunch and food stops along the route are provided.
For more information, go to and click on the link for “CU Across the Prairie” on the left side of the page.

Also this weekend:
— Drummer Creek Dog Days 5K
Gibson City will host this 5K race and 2-mile walk on Saturday. Registration is from 6 to 7 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. at North Park. Here’s a link to the race form.

— St. Joseph Community Festival 5K
This 5K run and recreational walk is at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Registration is from 6 to 7 a.m. at the St. Joseph United Methodist Church. Bring some peanut butter or cans of soup, because the race directors are collecting non-perishable food items for the St. Joseph Community Food Pantry. For more information, go to

— Stovepipe Sprint Triathlon and Railsplitter Triathlon
These events in Petersburg on Saturday are part of the Abraham Lincoln Triathlon Series. The sprint triathlon is a 600-yard swim, 18-mile bike and 4.4-mile run. The Railsplitter is a 1-mile swim, 36-mile bike and 7-mile run. For more information, go to

Weekend of Aug. 21-22:
— Mahomet half-marathon and 5K
Pray for a cool front. It happens. Last year, it was 60 degrees for this race.
But prepare for the heat.
The Mahomet Area Youth Club’s half-marathon is on country roads with lots of corn, but only a few trees. The 5K runs through town.
This is a popular race, with a total of 665 finishers for both races last year. Race Director Joe Bails says this year’s race participants could reach 1,000. This year’s race includes an all-comers wheelchair division in the half-marathon.
And all the proceeds go to the Mahomet Area Youth Club.
The races are on Saturday, Aug. 21. The half-marathon starts at 7 a.m. and the 5K starts at 7:10 a.m. at the high school. For more information, go to

— “Cocktails of Hope” 5K
This 5K run and walk in Bismarck on Aug. 21 benefits Kimberly Tauer, a Danville woman who is fighting breast cancer.
The race starts at 9 a.m., with registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Bismarck-Henning High School. Kids and strollers are welcome. All the proceeds will go to Tauer’s medical expenses.
For more information, go to

— Abe’s Amble
This 10K is the Springfield Road Runners Club’s big race. It’s at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. For more information, go to and click on the link for Abe’s Amble under “SRRC Racing” in the middle of the page.

Aug. 28-29:
— Peace to Meece 5K
This 5K run is on Aug. 28 at 8 a.m. on the Eastern Illinois University cross-country course. It’s in memory of Ryan Meece, an EIU cross-country runner between 1993 and 1998. He died in 2009.
The race benefits the “Peace to Meece” organization, which provides scholarships to EIU cross-country athletes and supports other philanthropic causes.
There’s also a kids’ fun run. For more information, go to

— Staci’s Country Miles 5K
This is a 5K run and walk on Aug. 28 to benefit Prairieview-Ogden North school. Registration on race day is at 6:30 a.m., with the race starting at 7 a.m. You can register at here at
Questions? Send an e-mail to or call (217) 202-9704.

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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