The Fit List

The Fit List

The Fit List is getting skinnier, but there are still races out there to be run.
Check out the list and find one to enter.

This weekend:
— Mattoon Santa Chase
This is a half-marathon and 5K on Saturday. The half-marathon starts at 12:55 p.m. and the 5K at 1 p.m. and they immediately precede Mattoon’s holiday parade. The races benefit the Mattoon Youth Wrestling Club.
(If only it didn’t conflict with the Illinois-Northwestern game ... )
Here’s a link for more information and to register.

— Tumbling Turkey 5K
This cross-country 5K race on Saturday will be run on the Junior College Regional cross-country race course at Winter Park in Danville. The race starts at 10 a.m. and there’s a walker category as well.
The race is put on by Vermilion County Fun Run, an organization that puts on youth races in the summer. The Tumbling Turkey 5K is a fundraiser for next summer’s fun runs.
For more information or to register, go to
— Turkey Trot 5K and 10K
These races — a 5K and 10K run and a 5K walk — are organized by the Decatur Park District. They’re at 9 a.m. Saturday in Fairview Park. You can register on race day beginning at 8 a.m.
Here’s a link to the race form.

Weekend of Nov. 27-28:
— Turkey Trot, Urbana
The Urbana Park District puts on this free event on the morning of Thanksgiving every year. It’s not a race. It’s a 1-mile fun run or walk. But you can always run or walk more.
There’s hot chocolate and raffle prizes afterward, and the park district will be accepting donations to its Youth Scholarship Fund.
The Trot is at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, at the Lake House in Crystal Lake Park.
Here’s a link for the information on the park district’s website.

— Turkey Trot, Bloomington
If you happen to live on Bloomington-Normal, or you’re there for Thanksgiving, the Bloomington Park District puts on a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning as well. It’s free, it’s at Miller Park, and there’s a 3-mile run, a 1 1/2-mile walk, and a 1/2-mile fun run for kids ages 8 and under.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, and the races start at 9 a.m. You could win a turkey in the raffle following the race.
Here’s a link for the information on the city’s website.

— FOLEPI River Trail Classic
This is a 4-mile run and a 2-mile (non-competitive) walk in East Peoria on Saturday, Nov. 27. The run starts at 9 a.m. and the walk at 8:30 a.m. The course is the River Trail, a paved and downhill course, according to the website.
(I was wracking my brain to figure out what “FOLEPI” stood for, and finally figured out it must be Festival of Lights of East Peoria.)
Here’s a link for more information, or to register.
— Stuff ‘N Puff 5K
This is a 5K run and walk in Sullivan at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. Save $5 if you register by this Saturday.
Here’s a link for the entry form.

Weekend of Dec. 4-5:
— Hindsboro 5K
This is a no-frills race. Timing is by stopwatch, not electronic race clock. You don’t get a trophy if you win, just bragging rights. But you’ll also know you’ve helped some needy local families.
This race on Saturday, Dec. 4, benefits the Oakland Food Pantry, and to enter it will cost you one nonperishable food item suitable for a Christmas dinner, and $5 if you are over 16. (If you’re younger than 16, you can enter with just the food item.)
Registration is at 8 a.m. at the Hindsboro Five N’s store, and the race starts at 8:30 a.m. I don’t have a street address, but the store can’t be too hard to find. Hindsboro isn’t too big. It’s in southern Douglas County, straight east of Arcola and northwest of Oakland.
For more information, contact Vivian Hudson at 346-2309 or Belinda Clifton at 276-3570.
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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