So next Friday, Sept. 17, is the 5th annual Run@Work Day.
The event was created by the Road Runners Club of America to encourage people to run or walk 30 minutes daily, and to encourage companies to build time into the workday for physical activity for employees.
You don’t have to run. That would require a shower — or offending your co-workers — and your schedule may not provide you the time for that.
But you can take a walk during lunch. Or go for a run or walk after work with a co-worker. Just get moving.
And if that motivates you to enter a race in the next few weeks, here are some to consider.
— F.A.S.T. 5K
This race, on Saturday morning at Crystal Lake Park, benefits the Rape Advocacy Counseling & Education Services organization, which serves Champaign, Piatt, Douglas and Ford counties. F.A.S.T. stands for “Friends And Survivors Together.”
The race is at 9 a.m., and you can register Saturday from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
The race allows strollers on the course, but they must start behind all runners and walkers and they cannot enter the finish chute.
For more information and for an entry form, go to www.cu-races.org and click on the “FAST 5K” tab at the top right. Call (217) 344-6298 with questions.
— Arcola Broom Corn Festival 10K and 5K
Also on Saturday, this race includes 10K and 5K runs and a 5K walk. The race starts at 8 a.m. You can register until 7:30 a.m. on race day.
— Fido Scurry
If your dog wants to run too, check out Saturday’s Fido Scurry in Decatur.
Dogs are welcome to run with their humans in this 5K run or 1-mile run or walk in Fairview Park. It’s sponsored by the Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation.
You can register at the park on the day of the event. Call 423-PETS with any questions.
In addition to the runs and walk, there’s a Doggie Triathlon, called “Wheels, Paws & Paddle.” Each triathlon team must include one pet and one person. The team runs/walks 50 feet together; the pet must put at least one paw into pools of water during the “swim”; and the team must start/finish the “Wheels” portion of the race with a non-motorized object with at least one wheel — bicycle, wagon, skateboard, even a toy car. Register for this on race day.
The event includes a blessing of the animals and a pet parade and costume contest. The events get started at 8 a.m., with the races beginning at 9 a.m.
— Heartland Half-Marathon and 5K
The Broken Arrow Road Runners club in Effingham is hosting these races on Sunday. Both the half-marathon and the 5K run/walk start at 7:30 a.m. at Effingham High School.
Go to www.runeffingham.com and click on “Register for the Heartland Half Marathon” for more information.
You can register at packet pick-up at the high school, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 6 to 7 a.m. Sunday.
— Four Seasons 5K
This 5K run and 1-mile family walk is at 3 p.m. Saturday in Tipton Park in Bloomington. It’s sponsored by the Four Seasons Health Club. Here’s a link to the race form.
Weekend of Sept. 18-19:
— Orchard Days 5K run/walk
This race is 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 18 at Dana Colbert Park in Savoy, and it’s part of the village’s Orchard Days celebration.
Here’s a link to the race form.
— Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour
This ride through Amish country around Arthur on Sept. 18 features four routes, of approximately 20, 42, 60 and 100 miles. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. in a new location this year, at the Illinois Extension Building at 122 S. Walnut St., Arthur.
The ride includes rest stops with snacks, and you can pay an additional fee for a Mennonite lunch that benefits the Christian School.
Camping is available on Friday and Saturday nights.
The ride is sponsored by the Decatur Bicycle Club. Go to their website at www.decaturbicycleclub.org for more information about the ride.
— Shoreline Classic 15K and 5K
This race around Lake Decatur is on Sunday, Sept. 19, at Nelson Park. The 15K starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8 a.m. There’s also a Tot Trot, at 9:15 a.m.
Go to www.shorelineclassic.com for more information or to register. If you register by Sept. 15, it’s $5 cheaper. You can also register on race day beginning at 6:15 a.m.
— Knights of Columbus 5K
This race in Mattoon is at noon on Sunday, Sept. 19. It’s part of Mattoon’s Fall Festival. For more information or to register, go to www.mattoonkofc.org and click on “Fall Festival 5K.” Scroll down towards the bottom to get to online registration.
— Tri-The-Illini Triathlon
This triathlon is on the University of Illinois campus on Sept. 19. The race starts at 8 a.m. with a 300-meter swim at the Activities & Recreation Center pool. The 14.5-mile bike ride is on country roads southeast of Champaign-Urbana, and the 5K run is through campus.
For more information or to register, go to www.fightingillinitriathlon.com and click on the link for the race in the middle of the page. If you print out the race form and mail it in, it must be received by Sept. 15. There is no race day registration.
Weekend of Sept. 25-26:
— Women’s Fitness 5K
This is the 25th anniversary of this race, organized by Jan Seeley of Marathon & Beyond.
It’s on Saturday, Sept. 25, in Crystal Lake Park. There’s a 5K run and walk, and a kid’s dash for kids under 12. The 5K race is for women only, but guys, you’re welcome to come out and cheer, or volunteer to help with the race.
You can save a couple of bucks if you register by Sept. 20, and there’s an option of not getting a t-shirt, for a cheaper entry fee.
The race benefits the Center for Women in Transition and the Crisis Nursery. Runners and walkers are asked to donate items for those organizations — diapers, lotion, towels, baby food, etc.
Here’s a link to the race flyer. And here’s a link for online registration.
— Philo 5K
Philo has a 5K run and walk, and a 1-mile youth run, on Saturday, Sept. 25, as part of its Fall Festival. For more information, go to www.philofest.org and click on “5K Run & Walk.” There’s an entry form on the site, and runners can register on race day as well.
— Wild Wild Wilderness Trail Run
This 7.45-mile trail run includes steep hills and creek crossings in Kickapoo State Park near Oakwood. It’s at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. Kennekuk always has a good post-race party with food, soda and beer.
For more information, go to www.kennekuk.com and click on “Events/Results” at the top of the page, then the link for Wild Wild Wilderness.
There’s a cheaper entry fee if you opt for no shirt.
— Shawna Morrision Memorial 5K
This race on Sat., Sept. 25, is in Paris and part of the town’s Honeybee Festival. There’s a 5K race and a 1-mile fun run.
The race is organized by the Paris Community YMCA, and it’s been named in memory of Sgt. Shawna Morrison, an avid runner who was the first female member of the Illinois National Guard to die in combat in Iraq, in 2004.
Register by Sept. 17 and get a cheaper entry fee.
I couldn’t find a web site for this race, but you can call the YMCA for more information at 217/466-YMCA.
— Tour de Coal
This bicycle ride on Saturday, Sept. 25, is in Benld, in Macoupin County in southwestern Illinois. There is a 13-mile family ride, a 36-mile ride and a metric century (66 miles) to choose from. The ride is held in conjunction with Benld’s fall festival.
Camping is available Friday night at Benld City Park.
For more information, go to www.coalcountrychamber.com and click on the link for Tour de Coal.
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