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This weekend you can run to remember the heroes of 9/11, or to support women with breast cancer or people with autism. You can also bike Springfield or run the brick streets of Arcola.
So many races this time of year! Choose one and have fun.

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 at 8 a.m. You can 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 Sunday in Effingham. The races start at Effingham High School at 7:30 a.m.
There is registration at packet pickup on Saturday 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. 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.
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 Saturday 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.
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. Saturday 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. Sunday 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.

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’re not entered yet, you’ve only got a couple more days. 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.

Weekend of Sept. 24-25:
— Wild Wild Wilderness
This 7.45-mile trail run is one of Kennekuk Road Runners main events for the year. It’s run at Kickapoo State Recreation Area, and it’s at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The trail includes steep hills and a creek crossing.
You can save some money if you register by Sept. 16. You can also register on race day from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
For more information, go to and click on “Events.” Then click on “Wild Wild Wilderness” in the list to the left of the page, or scroll down to the race information.

— Women’s Fitness Run
This women-only race is Sunday, Sept. 25, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. There’s a 5K run, a 5K fitness walk and a kids’ dash for kids under age 12.
The race always has unique awards. All the proceeds go to the Center for Women in Transition and the Crisis Nursery. Race officials are also collecting donations of diapers, towels, pillows and blankets, diaper ointment, lotion, or Stage 1 Gerber baby foods, snacks and canned kids meals.
If you register by Sept. 19, you’ll save a couple of dollars on the entry fee. You can also register at packet pickup at Body n’ Sole from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, or on race day from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
For more information, click here.

— Charleston Duathlon
This race is Saturday, Sept. 24, in Charleston. It’s a 2-mile run, 19.2-mile bike ride and 2-mile run, for anyone age 14 and over. The website says the ride includes six large hills.
There are also kids’ races with different distances for different age groups.
The early registration deadline is Saturday, and the online registration deadline is Sept. 22. You can also register on race day from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
For more information or to register, go to

— 5K Road Race for Animals
This race is sponsored by Omega Tau Sigma veterinary fraternity at the University of Illinois. It’s Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Veterinary Medicine building on South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana.
The proceeds from the race benefit Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that provides trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities, and A Pet’s Place, a student-run organization at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine that provides care to the pets of abused women.
If you register by Sept. 17, you’ll save some money. You can also register on race day.
For more information, click here.

— Shawna Morrison Memorial/Honeybee Festival 5K
This race, part of the Paris Honeybee Festival, is in memory of Sgt. Shawna Morrison, a runner who died while serving in Iraq. The race is Saturday, Sept. 24. In addition to the 5K run, there’s a 1-mile fun run/walk.
Entry fees go up after Sept. 19. There is a website — — but not all of the information was displaying when I checked it. There is also a Honeybee Festival Facebook page, and Body n’ Sole in Savoy has race entry forms.

— The Betsy Run
This is a 5K run and walk that starts and finishes at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The race is in memory of Betsy Smith, who died in 2006. The race benefits ReaLife, an inner-city outreach ministry to help elementary students in Marion, Ind. Betsy Smith was active in the ministry while a student at Taylor University. This year’s race also benefits CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates.
For more information or to register, go to

— Rocket Run 5K
This is a 5K run and 1-mile fun run and walk sponsored by Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Bloomington. The races are Saturday, Sept. 24, and the proceeds benefit the school.
Here’s a link for the race flier.

— Tour de Coal
This bike ride is in Benld, in Macoupin County, in conjunction with that town’s fall festival.
There are 15-mile, 30-mile and metric century routes to choose from. There are rest stops with snacks on all the routes, and SAG support until 3 p.m.
Click here for more information.

— Ride Like an Egyptian
This ride in Dekalb on Saturday, Sept. 24, benefits the restoration of the Art Deco-style Egyptian Theatre, built in 1929.
Riders can choose from 25-, 50-, 75- and 100-mile routes. Registration on race day begins at 7 a.m. and riders need to start their rides by 10 a.m. The post-ride meal is served from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the routes close at 4 p.m.
Click here for more information.

— Zoo Run Run
This 5K race is Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Peoria Zoo. There’s also a quarter-mile youth run.
For more information, go to and click on “Events” in the toolbar at the top of the page. Scroll down to the Zoo Run Run. There’s a link for the race flier.

— Harvest of Talents Charity Bicycle Ride
This ride on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Chillicothe is sponsored by the Chillicothe Christian Church. All proceeds go to International Disaster Emergency Service to feed the hungry.
The ride includes routes of 35, 60 and 100 kilometers. Check-in and day-of-ride registration is from 7 to 8 a.m.
Click here for more information. The page includes a link to a registration form.

— Memorial SportsCare Women’s Biathlon
This is a non-competitive event in Springfield on Sunday, Sept. 25, to promote women’s health. It includes 12 miles of biking and 3.1 miles of running.
Registration closes Sept. 19 or when the event reaches 400 participants.
Click here for more information or to register.

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