The Fit List

The Fit List

There are a couple of 5K runs this weekend, if you can stand the heat, and more runs, triathlons, a century bike ride and an open water swim coming up in the next few weekends. Check them out:

Weekend of July 23-24:
— Run for the Bagel
This is a 5K and 10K run, a 5K walk and a 1-mile fun run in Mattoon on Saturday. The races start at 7 a.m. (earlier this year than in the past), and race day registration is from 6 to 6:30 a.m.
For more information or to register, go to

— Mt. Zion Odd Fellows 5K
This is a new 5K run and walk at Fletcher Park in Mt. Zion on Saturday. Go to for more information or to register.

Weekend of July 30-31:
— Springfield Tri Fest
The Iron Abe Olympic Triathlon and the Stoneman Sprint Triathlon are on Saturday, July 30, in Springfield.
The Iron Abe is a .9-mile swim, a 24.8-mile bike and a 10K run. The Stoneman is a 500-yard swim, a 12-mile bike and a 5K run. The Iron Abe starts at 7:30 a.m. and the Stoneman starts at 8 a.m. at the Lake Springfield Beach House.
You can register for either race until July 29. For more information or to register, go to
Wish me luck if you see me there — I’ll need all of it I can get.

— Miles of Smiles 100
This is a century bike ride that’s actually 104 miles this year, along with options to ride 25 miles or 62 miles. They are on Saturday, July 30, starting in Hudson. The longer rides start at 7 a.m., and the 25-mile ride at 10 a.m.
This event is free, but donations are accepted and all money goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Awards include Fastest Finisher, Iron Butt (‘cause you can do more than 104 miles if you want to!), and 1st Century Medals to first-time 100-mile riders.
For more information or to register, go to

— 5K for Orphans
This first-time race is sponsored by the Eastview Christian Church in Normal, and proceeds will go to an orphanage in Guatemala.
The race is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Tipton Park in Bloomington. There is a 5K run, a 1-mile walk and a kids fun run. Race day registration begins at 7:45 a.m.
The church is also collecting donations of athletic shoes to distribute to people in need.
Here’s a link for the race form.

— Loda Good Ole Days Celebration 5K
This trail race is at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Lake Iroquois. You can run the race solo or as a twosome relay, with each team member covering 2.5K. There’s also a quarter-mile kids run, and several special awards categories for the 5K, including one for participants who run with their (leashed) dogs.
A swimming pool will be available to runners after the race.
Race day registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Here’s a link for the race form.

Weekend of August 6-7:
— Goodenow Insurance Agency Park Series 5K
This is the third of three 5Ks in Springfield’s Park Series of summer races. This race is at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Lincoln Park.
The proceeds from this race will go to Homes for Our Troops, which provides accessible homes for wounded veterans. Previous races benefited the American Cancer Society for research on pancreatic cancer, and the Relevant Practical Ministry for Men.
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.

— Tom Short 5K Trail Run
This race is at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Shelbyville Aquatic Center in Forest Park, Shelbyville. It’s a 5K run and 1-mile fun run/walk on an oil and chip trail. Runners can enter a team competition, with five-person teams.
Proceeds from the race will be used to construct and maintain the General Dacey Trail in Shelbyville.
Runners and their families will be able to use the pool at the Shelbyville Aquatic Center from 9 to 11 a.m. on race day.
Race day registration is from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Here’s a link to the race form.

— Central Illinois Open Water Swim
This is on my list of events for next year. It’s a sanctioned master’s swimming event at Evergreen Lake at Comlara County Park, near Hudson.
The swims are on Saturday, Aug. 6, and there are two swim distances — 1.2 miles and 2.4 miles. The races start at 10 a.m. Check-in is from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
There is no race day registration. You can register online until noon Aug. 5. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by July 28 or received by Aug. 4.
Here’s a link for more information and online registration.

— Decatur Celebration Family Fun Run/Walk
This is a non-competitive 1-mile fun run or walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. It follows the Decatur Celebration parade route. Check-in is from 8 to 8:45 a.m., and participants get to sit in a special viewing section for the parade following the run/walk.
The run/walk is sponsored by the Obesity Prevention Coalition.
Here’s a link to the flier.

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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