I love that there are so many fall races and rides to choose from. I’ll be in Decatur on Sunday for the Shoreline Classic. Registration has closed for that race, but there are plenty more to choose from. Check out the list:
Weekend of Sept. 17-18:
— 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, and it starts in downtown Arthur. 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 www.decaturbicycleclub.org and click on the race name at the top of the page.
— Orchard Days 5K
This race is at 8 a.m. Saturday 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 www.savoyrecreationcenter.com and click on the link for “5K Race Form” in the upper left corner of the page. There is 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 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. You can 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. 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, go to www.shtrs.org. 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 today. You can also register on race day from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
For more information, go to www.kennekuk.com 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 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 www.charlestonchallengeduathlon.com.
— 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 Saturday, 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 — www.honeybeefestival.org — but not all of the information was displaying. 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 www.thebetsyrun.com.
— 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 www.peoriazoo.org 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.
Weekend of Oct. 1-2:
— Run the Woods 5K
This trail run is at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center at Lake Bloomington on Saturday, Oct. 1. There is also a 1-mile family walk.
The race benefits Easter Seals, and it includes a post-race pancake breakfast.
Click here for the race flier.
— Prairie Pedal
This Sunday, Oct. 2, ride is a fundraiser for the Macon County Conservation Foundation.
Cyclists can choose from routes of 20, 40 or 62 miles. The rides all begin and end at the Rock Springs Conservation Area on the southwestern edge of Decatur.
You can register from 7 to 10 a.m. on the day of the ride, but those riding 40 or 62 miles should start by 9 a.m. All riders need to finish by 1 p.m., as sag support ends then.
The rides include rest stops and a post-ride party beginning at 10:30 a.m.
You can register online until mid-day Sept. 30. Here’s a link for more information or to register.
— Fritz Miericke Memorial Ride
This Ride to the Depot in White Heath on Sunday, Oct. 2, offers a 16-mile family ride, as well as rides of 35, 40 and 75 miles, and a century-plus of 110 miles. The routes go through either Lake of the Woods or Allerton Park or both.
There is also a Race to the Woods, a 100-mile race for men and a 75-mile race for women.
Registration includes a breakfast at the White Heath Community Club, rest stops along the routes, and lunch. The ride benefits the TIMES Center Bike Fund and the White Heath Community Club.
You can save a couple dollars if you register by Sept. 22. You can also register the day of the ride from 7 to 10 a.m.
For more information or to get a registration form, click here.
— Soar Like Eagles 5K/10K
This race on Saturday, Oct. 1, benefits the expansion of St. John’s Lutheran School in Mattoon.
There is a 5K and a 10K race, and a 1-mile run fun.
Here’s a link for the registration form and maps of the race routes.
— Meet-in-the-Middle Bicycle Ride
This ride on Saturday, Oct. 1, is on the Mackinaw Valley Trail between Bloomington-Normal and Peoria, and is part of the official opening of the trail.
Riders can start at either Bloomington or East Peoria, and they’ll meet at the Family Restaurant in Mackinaw at lunchtime. The one-way distances are 20 miles from Bloomington and 18 miles from East Peoria.
Click here for the race flier, and here for information about the trail and more specifics about the ride.
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