The Fit List

The Fit List

Where are you going to run this weekend? You’ve got your choice of a bunch of races, as well as a bike ride in Clinton and a triathlon in Charleston. Here’s the Fit List, Fourth of July edition:

Weekend of July 2-4:
— Rockin the Runway 5K
This is the second year for this run on Saturday evening 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 part of a new 5K championship race circuit that began with the Gifford 5K on June 25. Here’s a link for information about the race circuit.
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 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.
Here’s a link to the race flier.

— Redhawk Rampage at EIU
This triathlon is on Saturday 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.

— Tour deWitt
This bike tour is part of the Celebrate Clinton event this weekend. The rides are on Sunday, and there are three distances to choose from: a 25-mile loop, a 35-mile loop, and a 67-mile loop. The rides are through DeWitt County, including Weldon Springs and Clinton Lake areas.
The only place online I could find information about the ride or a registration form was the Tour deWitt Facebook page.

— 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 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.
There is 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 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.
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 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. Here’s the entry form.

— Park to Park 5-Miler
This race on Monday 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. Here’s a link to the race flier.

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, which are new this year as well. 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

Weekend of July 16-17:
— Fisher Fair 5K
I ran this 5K last year and really liked it. The race director, David Peters, even mailed me my age group award when I had to leave before the awards ceremony.
The race is on Saturday, July 16, this year. There’s both a 5K run and a fun walk. And your bib number will get you entry into the demolition derby at the fair Saturday night.
Register by July 6 and you’ll save a little money on the entry fee. You can also register from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race day. The race starts at 8 a.m.
Here's a link for more information or to get the registration form.
The race is also part of the new 5K championship race circuit.

— Evergreen Lake triathlons
These international and sprint distance triathlons are on Saturday, July 16, at Comlara County Park near Hudson.
The international distance race, which starts at 7 a.m., is a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike ride, and a 10K run. The sprint distance race, which starts at 7:30 a.m., is a 500-meter swim, a 40K bike ride, and a 5K run. You can also race this as a member of a two-person or three-person relay team.
Here’s a link for more information.

— Maroa-Forsyth Trojan Track Backer
This race in Maroa includes 5K and 10K runs, a 5K walk and a half-mile kids run. It’s at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, and proceeds go to the Maroa-Forsyth track program.
Here’s a link to the race form.

— Goodenow Insurance Agency Park Series 5K
This is the second of three 5Ks in Springfield this summer called the Park Series. This race is at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Southwind Park.
The proceeds from this race will go to the American Cancer Society for pancreatic cancer. An earlier race raised money for the Relevant Practical Ministry for Men, and an August race benefits Homes for Our Troops.
For more information, go to the website for the Goodenow Insurance Agency, which sponsors the race series, at There is a link to the registration form and online registration on the site.

If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at

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