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Head out to Mahomet this weekend for its annual half-marathon and 5K. Get ready for the Crazy K the next weekend. And there are lots of races to choose from during Labor Day weekend.
Here’s the info:

Weekend of August 20-21:
— Mahomet Half-marathon and 5K
This race is Saturday, 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 Club.
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.
There is race day registration from 5:30 to 6:45 a.m. You can also register tonight 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 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 on Saturday, Aug. 27, 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. 27. 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.

Weekend of Sept. 3-5
— Sweetcorn 5K Classic
This is 5K run, 1-mile fun run/walk and Little Corn Eaters Run is Saturday, Sept. 3, in Hoopeston, as part of its Sweet Corn Festival.
The race is at 8 a.m., with race day registration from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. You can save a little money if you are pre-registered by Aug. 26.
The Little Corn Eaters Run is for kids 6 and under. Adults and strollers are allowed in this race. This race is free and all the kids get a ribbon.
Stick around after the race for some sweet corn.
Here’s the race flier.

— Imagine No Malaria
This race includes a 5K run, a 5K walk, and a kids run on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana.
The race is sponsored by Quest and Savoy United Methodist churches, and the proceeds go to the Imagine No Malaria campaign to eradicate the disease.
You can register online until Sept. 2, and you can register on the day of the race from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.
For more information or to register, go to

— Great Illini Challenge
This triathlon in Neoga at Lake Mattoon is on Saturday, Sept. 3. It includes half-Ironman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run) and Olympic (1.5K swim, 24.8-mile bike, 10K run) distances. The half-Ironman starts at 6:45 a.m., and the Olympic distance tri at 8:15 a.m.
Here’s the link for more information and to register.

— Hare & Tortoise Race
This 5K race and 2-mile fun walk are at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, in Herscher.
Check in on race day between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. After the race, visit the beer tent that’s part of Herscher’s Labor Day festivities.
You’ll save a couple of bucks if you register by Aug. 27.
Here’s a link for the race flier.

— Arthur Cheese Festival Rat Race
Last but not least — my hometown event. It’s on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. New this year is a 10K race, in addition to the 5K race, a 1-mile fun run, a 5K recreational walk and a kiddie fun run.
The 1-mile fun run is at 7:15 a.m., the 5K and 10K races at 7:30 a.m., the 5K walk at 7:45 a.m., and the kiddie run sometime around 9:45 a.m.
Race day registration starts at 6 a.m. You’ll save some money if you register by Aug. 29.
The races are part of Arthur’s Cheese Festival, and runners get a hunk of cheese after the race.
For more information, go to and click on “5K Rat Race” under “Festival Attractions” on the right side of the page.

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