The Fit List

The Fit List

Get your pink on and ride this weekend.
A Breast Cancer Awareness Ride on Saturday 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. 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.
For more information, go to

Here’s the other happenings this weekend and in coming weekends.
This weekend:
— 5K Road Race for Animals
Run or walk with your dog in this 5K race.
The race is at 8 a.m. Saturday outside the Veterinary Medicine building at 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. You can register from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race day.
It’s sponsored by Omega Tau Sigma, a professional veterinary fraternity, and it benefits Canine Companions for Independence and A Pet’s Place.
Runners are limited to one animal per entrant, and the animals must be on a leash.
For more information, e-mail Justin Suchomel at

— Kinesiology 5K
This race on campus is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and it starts on the Quad. There’s race day registration on the Quad side of the Illini Union from 7 to 8 a.m.
The race is put on by the University of Illinois Kinesiology Student Association. 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.
For more information, visit “Illinois KSA” on Facebook or e-mail Mary Carlton at or Lauren Nevoral at

— Greater Community AIDS Project Walk, Run, Roll
This event on Saturday includes a 1-mile walk, a 5K run or a 10-mile bike ride. 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 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 at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crystal Lake Park. You can register on race day from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
The race is sponsored by the Urbana church, and it benefits Living Alternatives, a pregnancy resource center offering alternatives to abortion.
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. Saturday 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.
— 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

— Indianapolis Marathon and Half-Marathon
This is a lovely marathon and half-marathon on Saturday, Oct. 16, through Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park and Fall Creek Corridor Park.
Online registration is available through Oct. 13. If you haven’t been training for a marathon or half-marathon, there’s also a marathon relay and a 5K run and walk.
For more information or to register, go to

Weekend of Oct. 23-24:
— Clinton Education Foundation 5K
This race is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Clinton Junior High School. In addition to the 5K run and walk, there’s a free kids’ fun run.
The entry fee goes up by $5 after Oct. 15.
I couldn’t find a website for this race, but there are entry forms available at Body n’ Sole in Savoy.

— Bike the Bridges Bike Tour
This bike tour in Parke County, Ind. — “Covered Bridge Capital of the World” — sounds like an awesome way to spend a fall weekend.
The rides start at Rockville State Park, and there are three distances to choose from: an 8-mile family ride, a 33-mile ride, and a 100-mile ride. Proceeds from the bike tour benefit the Covered Bridge Gateway Trail.
For more information, go to and click on “Bike Rides” on the left side of the page. Then scroll down for information on the Oct. 23 bike tour.

— 5K Rocket Run
This run is at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Bloomington. It’s sponsored by the school and the Cedar Ridge Rocket Boosters. There’s a 5K run and a 1-mile kids run run and walk.
Here’s a link to the race form.

Weekend of Oct. 30-13:
— Allerton Trail Race
This is Second Wind Running Club’s premier event, and it’s a great one. A nice, 5.5-mile trail run followed by a wonderful brunch in the meadow at Allerton Park. There’s also a 2-mile walk.
The race is at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 — so get your costume ready! The entry fee goes up after Oct. 15, so don’t wait to enter. Here’s a link for more information and to register.
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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