There are tons of events this weekend. You can choose from road races, a trail run, a bike ride and a triathlon.
And you can choose an event that benefits HIV/AIDS service organizations or that supports social change, one that remembers a prominent local cyclist, or that celebrates woolly worms.
Here’s the list. Have fun.
Weekend of Oct. 2-3:
— Fritz Miericke Memorial Ride
This ride on Sunday is in memory of Frederick “Fritz” Miericke, a longtime cycling enthusiast who died in January 2007.
The ride is called Ride to the Depot, and it starts with breakfast at the Community Club in White Heath. Registration and breakfast is from 7 to 10 a.m. Riders can choose from a 16-mile family route, a 35-mile route, or a 110-mile route.
Here’s the link for more information.
— AIDS Run & Walk Chicago
If you happen to be planning a trip to Chicago this weekend, you can enter this race on Saturday morning in Grant Park. Registration opens at 8 a.m. The 5K and 10K runs start at 9:55 a.m. and the 5K walk starts at 10 a.m.
The run benefits the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, which supports area HIV/AIDS service organizations. The event includes a Health & Fitness Village, with representatives of HIV/AIDS service organizations, health clubs and health providers.
For more information, click here to see the website.
— Camargo Woolly Worm 5K
This race is on Saturday and includes a 5K and a family fun run/walk.
See the website at www.camargowoollyworm.com/roadrace for directions to the race and to download an entry form.
— Race Against Racism 5K and 10K
This race is Saturday 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 www.ywcaraceagainstracism.webs.com. There is a link to the registration form on the left side.
— Last Chance Tri
This triathlon is at 1 p.m. Sunday 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 Saturday. 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 Saturday 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 Saturday, the website says the race has been canceled (no explanation) and refunds will be sent out to registered runners.
Weekend of Oct. 9-10:
— Breast Cancer Awareness Ride
This ride is one of more than 100 rides at Trek dealers in the U.S. and Canada to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise money for breast cancer research. The local race starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Champaign Cycle. You can choose from a 10-mile or 25-mile route.
The rides go through Champaign, Urbana and Savoy, and include a snack stop at the local American Cancer Society office. There’s also an end-of-ride celebration at Champaign Cycle, with refreshments and a raffle from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The first 50 registered riders will get a goodie bag. For more information or to register, go to http://champaigncycle.com.
— Kinesiology 5K
This campus race is put on by the University of Illinois Kinesiology Student Association. It’s at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. The race begins on the Quad, and there is race day registration on the Quad side of the Illini Union from 7 to 8 a.m.
The student group will use the money from the race for programs in the area that promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.
You can also donate old running shoes at the race. They’ll be sent to One World Running, which sends shoes to Africa for athletes and children in need.
You can get a race form at Body n’ Sole in Savoy, or visit “Illinois KSA” on Facebook. For more information, e-mail Mary Carlton at email@example.com or Lauren Nevoral at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Greater Community AIDS Project Walk, Run, Roll
You can choose from a 1-mile walk, a 5K run or a 10-mile bike ride in this event on Saturday, Oct. 9. The bike ride begins at 9 a.m. at Burwash Park in Savoy, followed by the walk and run. You can register on race day beginning at 8 a.m.
The walk course will accommodate people using walkers or wheelchairs.
The event benefits the Greater Community AIDS Project, for HIV/AIDS emergency assistance and prevention education programs.
For a race registration form or forms for collecting donations, go to www.gcapnow.com and click on the link for “AIDS Walk, Run, Roll” at the top of the page.
— 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.
Weekend of Oct. 16-17:
— Sand Creek Trail Run
This is a 7-mile race on horse trails with creek crossings. It’s on the Sand Creek Trails of the Macon County Conservation District at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. The race is organized by the Decatur Running Club.
It benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides educational scholarships and family services for the children of military special operations personnel killed on duty, as well as financial assistance for special operations personnel severely wounded in combat.
Click here to get to a Google doc with the registration form. I wasn’t able to view it, but if you click download, you’ll get a PDF of the form.
— Town and Gown 5K Run
If you’re an Illinois State University alum, a parent of a current ISU student, or you just want to run someplace outside C-U, there’s the Town and Gown 5K Run in Normal, in conjunction with Illinois State University’s Homecoming weekend.
The race is at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Register before Oct. 13 and save $5.
For more information or to register, go to http://illinoisstatehomecoming.com/events/5k-run/.
— Indianapolis Marathon and Half-Marathon
I ran this marathon last year, and I’m doing it again this year. The race is on Saturday, Oct. 16, and the course goes through Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park and Fall Creek Corridor Park. It’s not too big, it’s very pretty, and last year was perfect weather. Cross your fingers for a repeat of that in two weeks.
You can still register online for the marathon and the half. But if you haven’t been training for that distance, there’s also a marathon relay and a 5K run and walk.
For more information or to register, go to www.indianapolismarathon.com.
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