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I’ve always wanted to ride the C-U Across the Prairie, but every year I have some commitment that keeps me from doing it. It’s no different this year. Wish I could ride it, but for those who will be out there, have fun.
It’s not the only ride this weekend. There’s also a couple of tris and several 5Ks.
Here’s the list.

— C-U Across the Prairie
This is the Prairie Cycle Club’s annual ride, on Saturday. The ride begins and ends at the Lake of the Woods Pavilion in Mahomet, and riders can choose from 18-, 38- and 62-mile routes. You’ll get a bagel breakfast, food stops along the way, and a post-ride lunch.
Check-in for the ride and day-of-ride registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 10 a.m. Food stops close at 1:30 p.m., and sag support and lunch
end at 2:30 p.m.
Here’s a link for more information and to register online.

— SJO 5K
This is a 5K run/walk and a 1K kids fun run in St. Joseph on Saturday. The 5K starts at 7:30 a.m. and the kids run at 8:30 a.m.
This race is a fundraiser for the St. Joseph middle school and St. Joseph-Ogden high school cross country programs. It’s also run in conjunction with the St. Joseph Fall Festival.
There is race day registration from 6 to 7 a.m. at the St. Joseph United Methodist Church.
For more information or to register online, go to

— Drummer Creek Dog Days 5K
This 5K run and 2-mile walk is on Saturday in Gibson City. Proceeds from the race will go to Ford County Relay for Life.
The races start at 7:30 a.m. and there is race day registration 6 to 7 a.m.
Here’s the race flier.

— Evergreen Lake 5K
This is a Lake Run Club event on Saturday at Evergreen Lake in Comlara County Park, near Hudson. It benefits the McLean County Parks and
Recreation and the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. There is a 5K race and a kids half-mile fun run, starting at 8 a.m.
For the registration form, click here, then click on the link for the “Evergreen 5K” form.

— Cruisin’ the Cornfields
This is the Sullivan Area Arts bicycle tour through rural Moultrie County on Saturday.
There are 16-, 41- and 66-mile routes. The rides start at Wyman Park in Sullivan and include a rest stop at Okaw Valley Orchard. Registration is from 7 to 9 a.m. Riders doing the 41- and 66-mile routes should start by 8 a.m. Sag support ends at 3 p.m.
The ride benefits the Sullivan Area Arts organization.
Here’s a link for more information or to register.

— Abraham Lincoln Triathlon Series
These events on Saturday include the Stovepipe Sprint Triathlon and the Railsplitter Triathlon, at Lake Petersburg and Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.
The Stovepipe Sprint is a 500-yard swim, a 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run, and it starts at 7:30 a.m.. The Railsplitter is a 1-mile swim, a 36-mile bike ride and a 7-mile run, and it starts at 7 a.m.
Here’s a link for more information.
There is camping available at the New Salem State Historic Site and at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Park, which is on the Railsplitter bike course.

Weekend of August 20-21:
— Mahomet Half-marathon and 5K
This race is Saturday, Aug. 20, with a 7 a.m. start for the half-marathon and a 7:10 a.m. start for the 5K. The race benefits the Mahomet Area Youth
The 5K is in town, and the first two miles of the half-marathon are in town, before it heads out to the country roads. Both races finish on the track at Mahomet-Seymour High School.
You can register online through next Wednesday, and there is race day registration from 5:30 to 6:45 a.m. You can also register on Friday night, Aug. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Mahomet-Seymour High School fieldhouse.
For more information, go to

— Atwood Apple Dumpling 5K
This race in Atwood on Saturday, Aug. 20, is during Atwood's Apple Dumpling Festival, and it benefits the Atwood-Hammond Junior High track program.
The race starts and finishes at the high school. Race day registration is from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m., and the race starts at 8 a.m.

Weekend of August 27-28:
— Car-X Crazy K
This is an all-day event with the goal of raising $80,000 for eight local charities.
This 5K at the Champaign County Fairgrounds and Crystal Lake Park includes various obstacles runners must negotiate, including water, a mud pit, a hay stack, tunnels and a sea of tires.
You can do the 5K as part of a team or as an individual. Stick around for live music, food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
Read more about it here, and visit the race website at

— Staci’s Country Miles
This is a 5K run or walk in Royal at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. It benefits St. John’s Lutheran Church in Royal.
You can register on race day beginning at 6 a.m. at the Royal Community Building.
Here’s a link to the race flier.

— Peace to Meece Memorial 5K run
This race is at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, on the Eastern Illinois University cross-country course.
The race is in memory of Ryan Meece, a former member of the EIU cross-country and track teams, who died of a brain injury in 2009. The proceeds from the race go to the Peace to Meece Foundation, which provides money for his children’s education, scholarships to EIU cross-country and track and field athletes, and donations to various charitable causes. This year, the foundation is collecting toys for homeless and underprivileged children.
For more information or to register for the race, go to

— No Baloney Bicycle Ride
This is a Peoria-area bicycle ride on Saturday, Aug. 27. You can choose from 33-, 56-, 71- or 99-mile routes.
The race starts and ends at Wildlife Prairie State Park, and riders get free admission to the park on race day. The race organizers pride themselves on their food stops.
You can register from 6 to 9 a.m. on race day, although riders in the two longest rides need to register and begin their rides by 8 a.m. Sag support ends at 4 p.m.
For more information or to register, go to

— LeRoy Fall Festival 5K
This 5K run and walk is on Saturday, Aug. 27. It benefits the LeRoy wrestling program. There's also a kids fun run.
Here's the race flier.

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