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This is one of my favorite fall weekends, with two events I really like.
On Saturday, there’s a bike ride around Amish country near Arthur, my hometown. And on Sunday, there’s the Shoreline Classic 15K around Lake Decatur.
Check them out — they’re both lots of fun. And be sure to say Hi if you see me there.
Here are the details about those and other upcoming races.

— Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour
The ride gives you a choice of four routes, of approximately 20, 42, 60 and 100 miles. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Saturday 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 for more information about the ride.

— Shoreline Classic 15K and 5K
This race around Lake Decatur is on Sunday 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 for more information or to register. You can register on race day beginning at 6:15 a.m.

— Orchard Days 5K run/walk
This race is 8:30 a.m. on Saturday 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.
— Knights of Columbus 5K
This race in Mattoon is at noon on Sunday. It’s part of Mattoon’s Fall Festival. For more information or to register, go to 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 Sunday morning. 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 and click on the link for the race in the middle of the page. There is no race day registration.
Weekend of Sept. 25-26:
— EcoTour
This bike ride on Sept. 25, organized by Peter Davis at Champaign Cycle, is a tour of several homes in Champaign-Urbana that incorporate environmentally-friendly practices. It’s free, you ride at your own pace, and you can learn more about geothermal heating and cooling systems, wind and solar power, and rain gardens.
Look for more about this tour in The Starting Line column in The News-Gazette on Tuesday, and on this blog on the same day.
You can register at either Champaign Cycle or B. Lime, or by sending an e-mail to with “registration” in the subject line and your name and e-mail address.
The ride starts from B. Lime between 10 a.m. and noon. For more information, go to

— 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 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 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.
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 and click on the link for Tour de Coal.

Weekend of Oct. 2-3.
— Camargo Woolly Worm 5K
This race is on Oct. 2 and includes a 5K and a family fun run/walk.
See the website at for directions to the race and to download an entry form.

— Race Against Racism 5K and 10K
This race is on Oct. 2 at Meadowbrook Park. The 5K and 10K start at 8:30 a.m., and there’s a free 1.5K Youth Unity Run for kids ages 3 to 17 at 9 a.m.
It’s sponsored by the YWCA at the University of Illinois.
To register, go to There is a link to the registration form on the left side.

— Last Chance Tri
This triathlon is at 1 p.m. Oct. 3 is at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA. It consists of a 275-yard pool swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and a 3-mile run.
Here’s a link to the event website.

— Run the Woods 5K Trail Run
This is a 5K run through the woods at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center on Lake Bloomington on Oct. 2. There’s also a 1-mile fun walk for the family around the Easter Seals Camp there.
Click here for more information or to download a race form.

— Soar Like Eagles 10K and 5K
This race on Oct. 2 is sponsored by St. John’s Lutheran School in Mattoon. Proceeds go to future expansion of the school. In addition to the 10K and 5K races, there’s a 1-mile fun run.
Here’s a link for race information and an entry form.

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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