The Fit List

The Fit List

This weekend you can choose from a 4-miler or 15K at the Steamboat Classic in Peoria, a biathlon in Newman, or several area 5Ks. Also on the Fit List in upcoming weekends: several races that are part of a new 5K race circuit championship.
Here’s the list:

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 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.
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 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 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.
Say hi if you see me there.
For more information or to register, go to

— 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. There is 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.
Here’s a link to the race flier. Or you can go to the village website at 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. The race benefits the Child Protection Network. Runners start at 9 a.m., walkers at 10 a.m.
Go to and click on “Events” to get more information and a link to the race flier.

Weekend of June 25-26:
— Gifford Community Celebration 5K
This 5K run and walk is on Saturday, June 25, at Werner Roessler Park in Gifford. It’s part of the town’s community celebration.
The race starts at 7 a.m. and you can register at the park beginning at 6:30 a.m. on race day. Here’s a link to the entry form.
This race is also the first in a new All Area 5K Championship Circuit. The circuit includes four upcoming 5K races. Runners who want to participate must register by July 2, pay a $5 race circuit fee when you register for one of the circuit races, and run three of the four 5K races.
The cumulative times for the three races (or the best three out of four, for runners who do all four races) will determine to all-round and age group champions for the circuit.
The four races that are part of the All Area 5K Championship Circuit are: the Gifford Community Celebration 5K, June 25; Rockin the Runway 5K in Rantoul, July 2; Knights of Columbus 5K in Paxton, July 4; and the Fisher Fair 5K, July 16. Here’s a link for more information.

— U Otter Run 5K Trail Race
This race is in Comlara County Park near Hudson on Saturday, June 25. The race starts at 8 a.m., and you can register on race day from 7 to 7:45 a.m.
Here’s a link to the race flier.

Weekend of July 2-4:
— Rockin the Runway 5K
This is the second year for this run on Saturday evening, July 2, at the Rantoul National Aviation Center. There’s a 5K run, a 5K non-competitive walk, and a 100-meter run for the kids. There’s also a four-person team competition.
The kids run is at 6 p.m. and the 5K race starts at 7 p.m. It’s followed by a post-race party called the Firecracker Classic that features food, live music, kids’ games, a car show, a beer tent, auto-cross races, and fireworks at dusk. Runners, walkers and veterans get free admission. Otherwise, it costs $5 per person for those age 14 and over.
There’s a contest for most patriotic runner or walker.
This race is also part of a the new 5K championship race circuit. See the Gifford 5K entry above for details.
For more information or to download a registration form, go to and click on the entry for the race on the homepage. If you register by June 20, you’ll save a few dollars on the entry fee.
There is also race day registration from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rantoul airport.

— Tuscola Firecracker 5K
This 5K run and walk, and a fun walk, is Saturday, July 2, in Tuscola. The race is at 7:30 a.m. at the Tuscola Community Building, with race day registration starting at 6:45 a.m. If you register by June 27, you’ll save some money.
Here’s a link to the race flier.

— Freedom 5K
This is the annual 5K run and walk that precedes the Champaign County Freedom Celebration Fourth of July parade. The 5K run and walk start at 11:05 a.m. on Monday, July 4, on Fourth Street near Assembly Hall. The race is run along the parade route on Florida and Lincoln avenues. There’s also a youth run at 10:30 a.m. that is run around Assembly Hall.
Pre-register by June 27 to save some money on the entry fee. There is also race day registration from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Here’s a link for more information and the race form.

— Knights of Columbus Fourth of July 5K
This race is at 8 a.m. Monday, July 4, at Pells Park in Paxton. It’s a 5K run and walk and a 1-mile run/walk. It’s also the third race in the 5K championship race circuit (see June 25 Gifford race, above).
Here’s the link for the race flier. You can register on race day from 7 to 7:45 a.m.

— Staley Firecracker Road Run/Walk
This is a 4-mile and 8-mile run and a 2-mile walk on Monday, July 4, at Nelson Park in Decatur.
The race is at 8 a.m. and you can register on race day from 7 to 7:45 a.m. You’ll save a few dollars if you register by July 1.
Here’s the entry form.

— Park to Park 5-Miler
This race on Monday, July 4, in Bloomington-Normal starts near Miller Park in Bloomington, goes through downtown, follows the Constitution Trail, and ends at The Corn Crib in Normal. There is bus transportation between the start and finish areas of the race.
The race is at 7:30 a.m., and there is race day registration from 6 to 7 a.m. at Miller Park Pavilion. If you register by June 27, you’ll save some money on the entry fee. Here's a link to the race flier.
Sounds like a good race.
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