The Fit List

The Fit List

Saturday is the 20th anniversary of the Twin Cities Twosome — a race that is a way for sponsor Human Kinetics to combine a community service project with a family-friendly way for people to get some exercise.
In 19 years, the race has raised $105,655 for its designated charities: Crisis Nursery, the Center for Women in Transition, and the Transitional Initiatives and Men’s Emergency Services (T.I.M.E.S.) Center. All the money runners pay for race registration goes to the charities.
Human Kinetics expects to have a record number of runners this weekend. Last year, there were 724 participants, and race organizers are expecting 800 this year.
The Twosome is a 5K relay run and a 2.5K relay walk through Crystal Lake Park. Runners and walkers can choose from several categories for the relay, including wife/husband, parent/child, combined ages, corporate, youth or high school. If you don’t have a relay partner, you can enter in the open division and run or walk a 5K.
The race is at 9 a.m. Saturday. For more information, go to
The event this year also includes the Champions4Children Walk, an event of the Children’s Advocacy Center. The 5K walk raises money for the advocacy center through donations and pledges collected by the walkers.
For more information about the walk, go to

Weekend of May 14-15:
— Kirby Derby
This race is at 8 a.m. Saturday, 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.
You can register on race day from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m.
For more information, 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. There is also a Cock-A-Doodle Dash for kids 10 and under at 8:45 a.m.
The event 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, 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, go to

Week of May 16:
— Ride of Silence
This bicycle ride on Wednesday 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.
You can 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.

Weekend of May 28-30:
— Navy Memorial 5K
This is a 5K run and walk on Saturday, May 28, at the Sail Fish Club in Nelson Park in Decatur.
The event begins with a color guard ceremony at 7:45 a.m., and the race start is at 8:15 a.m.
You can save some money if you enter by May 15. The proceeds from the race help pay for the Navy Ball.
Here’s a link for more information and for the registration form.

— Memorial Day 5K
This race is at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) on the grounds of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Danville. There’s a 5K run and a non-competitive 5K walk, and the race benefits the Veterans Centered Care Initiative.
The deadline for pre-registration is May 23, and if you pre-register, the race entry fee is just $5. After May 23 and on race day, the entry fee is $15.
Here’s a link for online registration. And here’s a link for the race flier.

— Lytle Park Triathlon
This triathlon in Mattoon is at 8 a.m. Monday, May 30. Distances are: a 300-meter swim in the Lytle Park Pool, a 12.5-mile out-and-back bike ride, and a 3-mile out-and-back run.
In addition to individual entrants, you may also participate on two-person or three-person relay teams.
Here’s a link for more information or to register.

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