The Fit List

Run on the country roads surrounding Sidney this weekend, or on the paths at a nature center in Mattoon. There are plenty of races to choose from in upcoming weekends. Here’s the list:

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 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.
Here’s a link where you can find more information and a race brochure.
 
— Prairie Loop
This is a 3-mile run and 1-mile fun run at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center in Mattoon on Saturday. 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.
For more information or to register, go to www.dhnature.org. There is a link to the race brochure near the bottom of the page.
 
— Tammy Walsh Scholarship and Memorial 5K
This is a 5K run and walk in St. Joseph held in memory of Tammy Walsh, a St. Joseph-Ogden High School cheerleading coach who was killed at her son’s football game in August 2010.
The run benefits the Tammy Walsh Scholarship and Memorial Fund, which provides scholarships to St. Joseph-Ogden High School seniors. It will also help pay for a new play clock for the football field this year.
The race is at 9 a.m. Saturday at Kolb Park in St. Joseph. Race registration begins at 7 a.m. The rain date is June 11. The race is a family event and strollers are welcome.
Here’s a link for online registration. For more information, contact Amanda Moose at 217/637-7456 or email twalshscholarship@hotmail.com.

— Champion Chase
This is a 5K run and walk and kids’ run in Bloomington on Sunday 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 www.championchase.org.

Weekend of June 11-12:
— Lake Mingo Trail Run
This hilly trail run is one of the Kennekuk Road Runners’ four main events. It’s at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, at Kennekuk Cove County Park.
For more information, go to www.kennekuk.com and click on “Events/Results” at the top of the page, then the race name in the list along the left.

— Bement’s Old Glory Days 5K Run/Walk
This race is at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Historic Bryant Cottage, and it’s part of Bement’s Old Glory Days Festival.
There is race day registration is from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Here’s a link to the race flier.

— Center for Children’s Services 5K
This is a 5K run and walk in Winter Park in Danville at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 11. It benefits The Center for Children’s Services youth and family programs.
Here’s the link to the race flier.

— Wheelin’ Around the Lake
This is the McLean County Wheelers Spring Metric, at Comlara Park in Hudson on Saturday, June 11.
Cyclists can start anytime between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m., and choose from a 20-, 40- or 60-mile route, or a new family route. The course consists of three 20-mile loops, all of which begin and end in Comlara Park. There’s a post-ride meal, served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, go to www.mcleancountywheelers.com. Here’s a link for online registration.

— Peoria Chiefs 4 Mile Run/1 Mile Walk
This race is at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 12, at O’Brien Field in Peoria, the ballpark of the Peoria Chiefs minor league baseball team. The race begins outside the ballpark and finishes in the stadium, near first base.
The event this year benefits the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund, which provides grants to families of Illinois National Guard members and reservists called to duty after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The registration fee for the race includes entry to the Peoria Chiefs ballgame on June 12. You can register on race day, beginning at 6:45 a.m.
Here’s a link for more information and for a registration form.

— Boomtown Run Half Marathon
You won’t actually be running if you enter this race in Joplin, Mo. It’s been canceled due to the devastation in the city following the May 22 tornado that killed 138 people.
But race organizers have left the race registration open. If you register, your entry fee will go to defer the costs already incurred of putting on the race, with any remaining proceeds going to tornado relief efforts.
And runners can still show up at the start line at Memorial Hall at 6:30 a.m. on race day, Saturday, June 11. There will be a brief memorial service, then runners can volunteer for the Boomtown Run Day of Service, helping with cleanup in the city.
Go to www.boomtownrun.com to register. And here’s information from Runner’s World about helping in Joplin.

Weekend of June 18-19:
— Newman Freedom Festival 5K and Biathlon
This is a 5K run or walk or a biathlon at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18, in Newman. The race proceeds will go to Dalton Logan, a young man fighting leukemia, and his family.
The biathlon is a 5K run and a 15-mile bike ride. Participants can enter the biathlon as individuals or as part of a two-person team. The race flier says the bike course has changed for this year’s race. It’s an out-and-back on paved roads, “very straight and very fast,” it says.
June 8 is the early registration deadline, and you need to be registered by that date to guarantee you’ll get a race shirt.
All race entrants will be entered in a raffle for prizes that include $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificates and $50 gas cards.
Go to www.newmanrace.net for more information or to register.

— Steamboat Classic
This Peoria race includes what the race organizers bill as the World’s Fastest Four Miles, Illinois’ Toughest 15K and Peoria’s Easiest 4K.
The races are on Saturday, June 18, in downtown Peoria. There’s a 4-mile and a 15K, plus the Junior 4K, which is a non-competitive 4K fun run for pre-high school age runners or runners of any ages with disabilities. It starts at 8 a.m. The 4-mile and 15K runs start at 7 a.m.
The website says all the recognized world records for four miles have been set at Steamboat. While the race attracts many elite runners, the race organizers created a new challenge to draw attention to recreational runners — the “4-in-1” challenge to finish the four-mile run in less than an hour.
The 15K includes two hilly loops in Glen Oak Park, then a downhill finish to the riverfront. I’ve run it several times, and while it’s tough, I still think the toughest 15K distinction goes to the Mountain Goat run at Kickapoo State Park. My colleague Don Dodson disagrees.
Say hi if you see me at Steamboat this year.
For more information or to register, go to www.steamboatclassic.com. If you register by June 10, you’ll save some money on the entry fee.

— Lexington Country Run
This is a 5K run, a 1-mile walk and a kids’ run in Lexington, northeast of Bloomington-Normal. The races are at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. You can save a few dollars if you register by June 12. There is also race day registration beginning at 6 a.m.
Here’s the link for the race flier.

— Forsyth 5K
This is a 5K run and walk and a 1-mile fun run in Forsyth, north of Decatur, on Saturday, June 18. Register by June 13 and save a few dollars.
Here’s a link to the race flier. Or you can go to the village website at www.forsythvillage.us. There’s a link for race info and to the race flier under “Announcements” on the right side of the page.

— Evergreen Memorial 5K
This 5K run and walk is at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington on Saturday, June 18. The race benefits the Child Protection Network. Runners start at 9 a.m., walkers at 10 a.m.
Go to www.evergreen-cemetery.com and click on “Events” to get more information and a link to the race flier.
 
If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at jheckel@news-gazette.com.

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