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This weekend is the first race in the new 5K Championship Circuit, so get up to Gifford if you want to participate in the race circuit. Here’s the list:

Weekend of June 25-26:
— Gifford Community Celebration 5K
This 5K run and walk is on Saturday 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. 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. 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.

— Redhawk Rampage at EIU
This triathlon is on Saturday, July 2, on the Eastern Illinois University campus. It’s a 300-yard swim, a 12.4-mile bike ride, and a 3.1-mile run. The race benefits the Lincoln Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Here’s a link for information and to register.

— 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.

Weekend of July 9-10:
— Lakeside Triathlon
This triathlon at Nelson Park in Decatur is on Sunday, July 10, and it includes several new races this year. There’s the long course triathlon that’s been run for several years, which is a .75-mile swim, a 19-mile bike ride, and a 4.5-mile run. New this year is a super sprint triathlon, which is a 400-yard swim, a 19-mile bike ride, and a 3.1-mile run.
There are also kids’ races, also new this year. The kids’ triathlon, for children ages 10 to 14, is a 100-yard swim, a 4-mile bike ride, and a 1-mile run. There are also two kids’ duathlons for different age levels. Children ages 5 to 8 will do a quarter-mile run, a 1.5-mile bike ride, and another quarter-mile run. Children ages 9 to 14 will do a 1-mile run, a 4-mile bike ride, and another 1-mile run.
The races are in memory of the late Rodney T. Miller of Decatur, who had been a collegiate swimmer and was an Illinois State Trooper. The race benefits the Rodney T. Miller Memorial Fund, which provides money for sports-related programs or activities for children.
I did this triathlon a couple years ago. A guy I ran with during marathon training, who worked with Rodney Miller, got me interested in it. It’s a good race.
For more information or to register, go to

— Dog Days 5K
This race is at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Lake Bloomington, and it is one of the Lake Run Club’s circuit races. Here’s a link to the race flier. If you register by July 5, you’ll save some money on the entry fee.

— Pedaling for Kicks
This bike ride through McLean and Woodford counties is on Saturday, July 9. It’s a benefit for the Fellowship of Christian Farmers, based in Lexington.
There are six different routes to choose from, ranging from a 10-mile family route to 67-mile ride. They all start at the East White Oak Bible Church, north of Bloomington-Normal near Hudson.
For more information or to register, go to

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