The Fit List

The Fit List

This weekend you can run the trails at Lake of the Woods, ride the streets of Champaign, or run on a cross-country course in Danville to raise money for a kids running program. Here’s the list:

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 at 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. today 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.
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.

— Tour de Champaign
This two-day bicycle race is this weekend. The Rumble at the Reservoir is a series of races Saturday afternoon on a .55-mile course around the Boneyard Creek Second Street basin. The Downtown Champaign Grand Prix features races all day Sunday on a .65-mile course through downtown Champaign.
The races start at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, with a kids race, and at 9 a.m. Sunday. Races cover various distances and skill levels, and they last from 30 to 70 minutes.
There are close to 400 cyclists pre-registered, said Mark Swartendruber, the race coordinator. The largest races — those for professional and elite racers — will have fields of around 80 cyclists, and the masters races will have close to 50 cyclists.
“Most of the field sizes have doubled from the first year,” Swartzendruber said.
“Both the courses are new,” he continued. “Even though we’ve been in downtown before, we haven’t used this course configuration. I’m excited to see how that’s going to turn
out. It’s really going to be a great place for people to come out and watch.”
If you’re riding, you can register on race day. Here’s a link for more information.
And if you’re not riding, go watch. It should be fun.

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.
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.

Weekend of June 4-5:
— Countryside 10K
This first-time event is a 10K run and 2-mile walk put on by the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation. It’s at Witt Park in Sidney on Saturday, June 4, at 8 a.m. The race helps support scholarships for students studying agriculture.
The race is on country roads near Sidney. The age group awards are cowbells, and the post-race food will include the Sidney Dairy Barn Moo Mobile. I’m in!
Here’s a link where you can find more information, a race brochure and online registration.

— Prairie Loop
This is a 3-mile run and 1-mile fun run at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center in Mattoon on Saturday, June 4. The fun run is at 8:30 a.m. and the 3-mile run is at 9:15 a.m. The runs are on chipped limestone paths through woods and prairie.
The entry fee goes up after May 25.
For more information or to register, go to There is a link to the race brochure near the bottom of the page, and also a link to online registration (

— Champion Chase
This is a 5K run and walk and kids’ run in Bloomington on Sunday, June 5, to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. The fun run is at 11 a.m. and the 5K is at 11:30 a.m.
There will be kid-friendly activities following the race, including bounce houses and face painting.
For more information or to register, go to

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