The Fit List

The Fit List

There are plenty of races this holiday weekend. If you’re running one on Saturday, it could feel pretty toasty. But by Monday’s Rat Race in Arthur, it should be nice and cool.
Here’s what’s coming up this weekend, and the following two weekends.

Weekend of Sept. 3-5:
— Sweetcorn 5K Classic
This is 5K run, 1-mile fun run/walk and Little Corn Eaters Run is Saturday 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.
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 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 through today, 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. 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 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 this Saturday.
Here’s a link for the race flier.

— Arthur Cheese Festival Rat Race
This is 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.
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.

Weekend of Sept. 10-11:
— Arcola Broom Corn Festival 10K and 5K
These 10K and 5K races and a 5K recreational walk are part of Arcola’s Broom Corn Festival. The races are on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8 a.m.
Save a few dollars by registering by Sept 5. You can register online through Sept. 8 by clicking here. You can also register on race day until 7:30 a.m.
To get a copy of the race flier, go to and click on the link about halfway down the page.

— Heartland Half Marathon
This race includes a half marathon and a 5K run/walk in Effingham on Saturday, Sunday, Sept. 11. The races start at Effingham High School at 7:30 a.m.
There is registration at packet pickup on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on race day from 6 to 7 a.m.
For more information or to register, go to and click on the link for the Heartland Half Marathon.

— Run-Walk for Autism
This is a 5K run, a 1K walk and a kids run fun in Tipton Park in Bloomington on Saturday, Sept. 10. The event is sponsored by the Autism Society of McLean County and is a fundraiser for the organization.
The run is at 9 a.m. and the walk is at noon.
You can register online through Sept. 8. For more information or to register, click here.

— Komen Race for the Cure
This is an inaugural Race for the Cure event in Bloomington. It’s on Saturday, Sept. 10, on State Farm’s Corporate South Campus.
The competitive 5K run starts at 9 a.m., followed by a 5K family run/walk and a 1K family walk. You can register as an individual or as part of a team.
For more information or to register, click here.

— Capitol City Century
The Springfield Bicycle Club is holding its Capitol City Century on Sunday, Sept. 11.
This is a recreational ride, and you can choose from distances of 10, 25, 40, 62 and 100 miles. Sunday’s rides start and end at the Beach House at Lake Springfield. Riders can start anytime between 7 and 11 a.m. Sag support ends at 4 p.m.
There is also a free 10-mile Historic Ride at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, that includes many of Springfield’s historic sites. It starts at the Capitol Complex Visitor Center.
For more information or to register, click here.

— 9/11 Heroes Run
This race at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at Winter Park in Danville is part of a nationwide effort to honor the people serving in the armed forces and as first responders, and remember those who died on 9/11 and since then.
The registration fee for the 5K Heroes Runs supports the Travis Manion Foundation, which provides scholarships, fellowships to wounded and disabled veterans, and support for families who’ve lost loved ones in military service. Travis Manion was killed while serving in Iraq. Also, a portion of the money from the local races goes to a local charity and to participating police and fire departments.
Find out more about the Heroes Runs by going to Here’s a link for online registration for the Danville run. If you register by Sunday, you’ll save some money on the entry fee.

Weekend of Sept. 17-18:
— Shoreline Classic
Love this race. It’s a 15K around Lake Decatur, and a 5K run/walk. There are always some pretty fast runners here, and good food afterward.
The races are on Sunday, Sept. 18, in Nelson Park in Decatur. The 15K starts at 7:30 a.m., the 5K starts at 8 a.m., and there is a Tot Trot at 9:15 a.m. The race donates money to area high schools.
If you mail in an entry form, it must be received by Sept. 10. You can register online through Sept. 11. There is no race day registration this year.
For more information or to register, go to

— Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour
This is a really nice ride through the countryside near my hometown, put on by the Decatur Bicycle Club. It’s on Saturday, Sept. 17. It starts in downtown Arthur and the ride routes are on country roads through Amish country.
You can choose from 20-, 42-, 60- and 100-mile routes, according to the website, although the registration form doesn’t offer the 100-mile option. Registration is from 6:30 to 10 a.m., and riders doing the 60- or 100-mile routes need to start by 9:30 a.m. Sag support ends at 3 p.m.
There are rest stops with food, and for an additional charge you can eat a traditional Mennonite meal after your ride. There is also free camping available on Friday and Saturday nights.
For more information or to register online, go to and click on the race name at the top of the page.

— Orchard Days 5K
This race is at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in Savoy. The race starts and finishes in Colbert Park and it’s part of Savoy Orchard Days. In addition to the 5K run and walk, there is a youth run.
For a registration form, go to and click on the link for “5K Race Form” in the upper left corner of the page. There is also race day registration from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m.

— Fall Festival Race the Cross
This is a 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk and 1-mile youth fun run on Sunday, Sept. 18, in Mattoon. The youth run starts at noon and the other races at 12:15.
It’s sponsored by the Mattoon Knights of Columbus, and the post-race party includes food, kids’ games, a beer tent and bingo. If you’re entered in the 10K or 5K runs, you’ll get a free burger and drink after the race.
Click here for more information or to register. You can also register on race day from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

— Evergreen Lake Ultra and Half-Ultra
This is a 50K and 25K trail run at Comlara Park in Hudson on Sunday, Sept. 18. The 50K starts at 6:15 a.m. and the 25K starts at 7:15 a.m.
The course is mostly flat with some rolling hills, and is single track, open prairie and horse trails. I may make this my first ultra run next year.
The race is organized by a trail running group called the Shady Hollow Trail Runners. For more information or to register, go to There is a link for online registration on the home page. Online registration is open until midnight Sept. 11.
For information about the race, click on “Events” in the tool bar at the top of the page. It will take you to a page with a link for the Evergreen Lake races.

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