The Fit List

The Fit List

Teachers may be on strike in Mahomet, but runners will still be at the high school Saturday morning for the Mahomet half-marathon and 5K.
There are more than 360 runners registered for the half-marathon, and nearly 300 registered for the 5K, according to the race website. And you can register this evening from 4 to 8 p.m. at the high school fieldhouse and on race day from 5:30 to 6:45 a.m.
The half-marathon starts at 7 a.m. and the 5K race starts at 7:10 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Mahomet Area Youth Club.
For more information, go to

Here’s what else is going on for the next few weekends:
Weekend of Aug. 21-22:
— “Cocktails of Hope” 5K
This 5K run and walk in Bismarck on Saturday 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
— LeRoy Fall Festival 5K
This 5K run and walk is at 8 a.m. Saturday at the LeRoy Elementary School. There’s a kids fun run following the 5K. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit LeRoy’s wrestling program
Here’s a link to the entry form.

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

Weekend of Aug. 28-29:
— Daycation Museum Bicycle Tour
This is the third and last ride in this summer bicycle tour series. This ride is to the Early American Museum in Mahomet to see its Lincoln exhibit. The ride leaves from Countryside School at Staley Road and Kirby Avenue at 9 a.m.
Riders go at their own pace, and there’s no charge for the ride or for admission to the museum.
For more information, go to and click on “2010 Daycation Museum Bike Tour Series.”

— 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 5K run and walk on Aug. 28 in Royal benefits Prairieview-Ogden North school. Registration on race day is at 6:30 a.m. at the Royal Community Building, 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.
Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-6:
— Sweetcorn 5K Classic
Hoopeston’s Sweetcorn Festival includes a 5K race on Saturday, Sept. 4. Pre-register by Aug. 26 and save $3 on your entry fee. In addition to the 5K race, there’s also a 1-mile fun run/walk and the Little Corn Eaters Run for kids age 6 and under.
Here’s a link to the entry form.

— Great Illini Challenge triathlons
These are also Saturday, Sept. 4, at Lake Mattoon at Neoga. There’s an Olympic distance race (1.5K swim, 24.8-mile bike ride, and 10K run) and a Half-Ironman race (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, half-marathon run).
Click here for more information.

— Rat Race 5K
This race is part of Arthur’s Cheese Festival during Labor Day weekend. The race is on Labor Day, Sept. 6.
In addition to the 5K run and walk, there’s a 1-mile fun run and a kiddie fun run. The races start at 8 a.m. with the 1-mile fun run, followed by the 5K walk and the 5K run.
Register by Sept. 1 and save $5. You can also register on race day, beginning at 6:30 a.m.
Click here for the website for more information. There’s a link for the entry form about halfway down the page.

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