The Fit List

The Fit List

It’s the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Fitness 5K race this weekend.

The race began in 1986. It gets between 200 and 300 runners every year, and it has donated more than $20,000 to Crisis Nursery and the Center for Women in Transition in the last 15 years.

Race Director Jan Seeley won the race its second year, and she’s been involved with it ever since. She’s been race director since the early 1990s.

Ladies, you can register for the race from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Body n’ Sole in Savoy, or at Crystal Lake Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

The 5K run and walk begin at 9 a.m. at Crystal Lake Park, and there’s a kids’ dash at 8:45 a.m.
Guys, come on out and cheer the runners or volunteer.

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.

Here’s what else is coming up:
Weekend of Sept. 25-26:
— EcoTour
This 18-mile bike ride on Saturday is a tour of several homes in Champaign-Urbana using 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.
You can register at either Champaign Cycle — owner Peter Davis is organizing the ride — or at B. Lime. The ride starts from B. Lime between 10 a.m. and noon. For more information, go to

— Philo 5K
The 5K run and walk start at 8:30 a.m., and the 1-mile youth run at 9:30 a.m., on Saturday. The races are part of Philo’s Fall Festival. For more information, go to and click on “5K Run & Walk.” Runners can register on race day.
— 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. 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.

— Shawna Morrision Memorial 5K
This race on Saturday 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.
Call the YMCA for more information at 217/466-YMCA.

— Tour de Coal
This bicycle ride on Saturday 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 tonight 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.
FYI: If any of you were planning to run the Ridge Runner Classic in Fox Ridge State Park in Charleston on Oct. 2, the website says the race has been canceled (no explanation) and refunds will be sent out to registered runners.

Weekend of Oct. 9-10:
— Midwest Believers Church 5K run/walk
This race is on Oct. 9 at Crystal Lake Park. It’s sponsored by the Urbana church, and it benefits Living Alternatives, a pregnancy resource center offering alternatives to abortion.
There’s a discount on the entry fee if you are a student. Here’s a link to the race flyer.

— Captain Ryan A. Beaupre ‘95 Memorial Scholarship 5K
This run on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington benefits a scholarship fund in memory of Ryan A. Beaupre, a Marine captain and helicopter pilot who died eight years ago in Iraq. The 5K run and walk start at 9 a.m. on Oct. 9 on the track at Wilder Field on campus. There’s also a kids’ fun run at 8:45 a.m. for kids ages 3 to 12.
Click here for more information.

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