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This weekend is the 30th anniversary of the Lake Run at Lake Bloomington, sponsored by the Lake Run Club.
You can choose from a 12K run, a 4.37-mile run, or a 3-mile non-competitive walk. Stay for the post-race party with free beer.
The race is at 9 a.m. Saturday. Race day registration is from 7 to 8 a.m.
Here is a link to the race form, and here’s a link to a website with more information about the Lake Run.

Here are other upcoming races, this weekend and beyond:

Weekend of May 7-8:
— Whitmore Park Annual Spring Classic
This race (in its 33rd year) includes a half-marathon and a 5-mile race, on Saturday in Decatur. The races start at 8 a.m., and there is race day registration from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the Whitmore Park Pavilion. A pancake and sausage breakfast follows the races.
Here’s a link to the race form.

— 5K Walk/Run for Smith-Magenis Syndrome
This is a 5K in Tipton Park in Bloomington on Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Taylor Bug Kisses Foundation, a non-profit that provides money for medical research, education, and financial assistance to families with a child with Smith-Magenis Syndrome, a rare chromosome disorder.
The walk/run begins at 10 a.m., and race day registration begins at 9 a.m. Here’s a link for more information. There is a link for online registration near the bottom of the page.

— Susan G. Komen Memorial — Peoria Race for the Cure
This is one of a series of Komen races to raise money for research, education, screening and treatment of breast cancer. The Peoria race is at Metro Centre on Saturday. The goal for the race is to have more than 25,000 participants and raise $1 million, according to the website.
For more information, go to and click on “Komen Race for the Cure” on the toolbar at the top for race information or to register.

Weekend of May 14-15:
— Twin Cities Twosome
This is the 20th anniversary of this race. which benefits several local charities.
The Twosome includes a 5K relay run and a 2.5K relay walk, or you can enter in the open division to run or walk a 5K if you don’t have a relay partner.
If you are running the relay, you can choose from several different categories — wife/husband, parent/child, combined ages, corporate, youth or high school.
The race is at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana.
All the race proceeds to go the Crisis Nursery, the Center for Women in Transition, and the T.I.M.E.S. Center.
For more information or to register, go to

— Kirby Derby
I’ve never been able to do this race before, but this is my year.
It’s at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Forest Preserve Park in Monticello, and it includes 5K and 10K runs, a 5K recreational walk, and a kid’s race for kids 10 and under.
If you register online today or get your entry postmarked by today, you’ll save $5. You can also register on race day from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m.
For more information or for online registration, go to There’s a link for the race website about halfway down the page on the left side.

— 5K Grow & Go
This 5K run and walk race in Bloomington is to celebrate Illinois farm families and the food they grow, and to benefit Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom, which provides resources to teachers concerning food, fuel and farming.
The 5K course has grass, pavement and a few rolling hills. The race is at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14. There is also a Cock-A-Doodle Dash for kids 10 and under at 8:45 a.m.
The event also includes a hot breakfast and open house at the IAA Foundation, which supports the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program. The open house includes kids’ activities, an appearance from the Normal Cornbelters baseball team mascot, autographs by Cornbelters players, and a silent auction.
The breakfast and open house are free to registered runners, and they cost $7 for others.
Here’s a link to the entry form.

— Fat Ass 5K
This is a street party in downtown Springfield that happens to start with a race. The 5K starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, and it includes beer, ice cream, corn dog and donut stations. Don’t expect to PR, or lose any weight, running this one.
The race is followed by a street party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live entertainment and a pig roast. You can pay for just the race, for the race and the street party, or for just the street party.
The race benefits seven charities.
For more information or to register, go to According to the race’s registration page, online registration closes at 1 a.m. this Sunday.

Week of May 16:
— Ride of Silence
This bicycle ride on May 18 is to remember those who have been injured or killed while cycling, raise awareness of cyclists, and encourage drivers to share the road.
The ride starts at 7 p.m. at the parking lot near Assembly Hall at First Street and St. Mary’s Road. The 9-mile route will go through both Champaign and Urbana downtowns and campus, at about 12 mph. Riders are asked to wear black armbands or put a sign on their bikes indicating why they are riding, and to remain silent as much as possible.
For more information, go to

Weekend of May 21-22:
— Buffalo Trace Trail Race
This event, put on by Second Wind Running Club, is a 5-mile trail run and a 2-mile non-competitive walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 21, and Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve.
The 5-mile course on grassy trails includes rolling hills, small forests, and open meadows and prairie.
Register by Monday and save $5. You can also register at Body ‘n Sole from noon to 6 p.m. May 20 and on race day from 6 to 7:30 a.m. at the Mahomet-Seymour High School parking lot.
Here’s a link for more information, including directions to the race and parking. There are links on this page to both the race form and to online registration.
— Vermilion County Fun Run Spring Kickoff 5K
This 5K run and walk is a fundraiser for Vermilion County Fun Run Kids Summer Series, which features fun runs of various distances for children and young people up to age 18. The 5K race will be on the Winter Park cross-country course in Danville at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21.
All adults running in the race will be entered in a drawing for a pair of airline tickets.
For more information, go to Here’s a link for online registration.

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