The Fit List

The Fit List

Pick a triathlon, 5K or bike ride this weekend. Got a list for the next two weekends for you here. Have fun!

Weekend of July 9-10:
— Lakeside Triathlon
This triathlon at Nelson Park in Decatur is on Sunday, 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.
You can still register on Saturday, but there’s no race day registration. For more information or to register, go to

— Dog Days 5K
This race is at 6 p.m. Saturday at Lake Bloomington, and it is one of the Lake Run Club’s circuit races. Here’s a link to the race flier.

— Pedaling for Kicks
This bike ride through McLean and Woodford counties is on Saturday. 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 Race day registration begins at 5:30 a.m.

Weekend of July 16-17:
— Fisher Fair 5K
This race is on Saturday, July 16. 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.
You can register from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race day. The race starts at 8 a.m.
For more information, go to There’s a link to a registration form on that page.
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 research on 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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