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The Fit List

Jingle, jingle, jingle. The Jingle Bell Run is this weekend in Champaign.
As there are fewer races during the winter months, I’m going to post those that I know of through early January. The Fit List will appear occasionally for the next few months, rather than every week, to update you on events.
Happy running/biking/etc. in the New Year!

This Weekend:
— Jingle Bell Run Champaign
This 5K run and walk, one in a series of annual Run/Walk events put on by the Arthritis Foundation, is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Park.
Here’s a link to the website.

— Tuscola 5K Santa Chase Run & Walk
This race is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. You can register race day from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m., across the street from the Tuscola Community Building.
There’s a PDF of the entry form on the city of Tuscola’s Facebook page. Here’s the link. You can also send an e-mail to to get an entry form.

— Hindsboro 5K
This is a no-frills race. There’s no race clock or trophies, just timing by stopwatch and bragging rights if you win. But your run will help some needy local families.
This race is on Saturday, and it benefits the Oakland Food Pantry. The entry fee is 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. Hindsboro is 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.
Weekend of Dec. 11-12:
— Da Deer Run Run
This is a Euro-style 8K cross-country run through Comlara Park in Hudson in McLean County. The race is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11. Part of the run is on trails, there’s a stream crossing, and there are steeple chase barriers you must go over or under.
Here’s the link for information and to register.
New Year’s Eve:
— Neoga Frozen 5K
This is a 5K run and walk and 1-mile fun run on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve at Neoga Elementary School. The proceeds from the race go to help pay for an all-purpose track for the Neoga schools.
The fun run starts at 1:40 p.m. and the 5K at 2 p.m. You can register race day beginning at noon, but you’ll save $5 if you pre-register.
Here’s a link for race information and to enter.

— Get Lit New Year’s Eve Fun Run
Run in the New Year with this race is in East Peoria. It's a 2-mile non-competitive run/walk that starts shortly before midnight. The course goes through a Winter Wonderland display, and there's a post-race pizza party at Avanti's Ristorante. If you want to get a hooded sweatshirt, it will cost you more and you must order by Dec. 17.
Here's the link for information and to register.

Weekend of Jan. 7-8:
— Siberian Express
Man, it was cold at this race last year! But it was wonderful, running through the snow in the woods.
The race this year is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8. It’s a 7.45-mile trail run at Kickapoo State Park near Oakwood.
Race day registration begins at 9:30 a.m. And following the race, there’s a party at Sarge’s Tap in Danville.
For more information or to register, go to and click on “Events/Results” at the top of the page to get a list of upcoming races. You’ll find information about the Siberian there.
And it doesn’t matter what the weather turns out to be on race morning. This race is never canceled.

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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