This weekend is the 26th Women’s Fitness Run — the oldest event in the area and one that benefits the Center for Women in Transition and the Crisis Nursery.
This women-only race is Sunday 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.
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.
You can register at packet pickup at Body n’ Sole from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday or on race day from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
For more information, click here.
There are many more races and rides in the next few weekends. Here’s the list.
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 Park, and it’s at 10 a.m. Sunday. The trail includes steep hills and a creek crossing.
You can 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.
— Charleston Duathlon
This race is Saturday 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.
You can 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 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.
You can register on race day.
For more information, click here.
— Shawna Morrison Memorial/Honeybee Festival 5K
This race on Saturday, part of the Paris Honeybee Festival, is in memory of Sgt. Shawna Morrison, a runner who died while serving in Iraq. In addition to the 5K run, there’s a 1-mile fun run/walk.
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.
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, and the proceeds benefit the school.
Here’s a link for the race flier.
— Tour de Coal
This bike ride on Saturday 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
— Camargo Woolly Worm 5K
This 5K on Saturday, Oct. 1, benefits the Playtime Cooperative Nursery School. There is also a 1-mile family fun run/walk.
The 5K is at 7:30 and the family fun run/walk will start at approximately 9 a.m. Race day registration begins at 6 a.m. at the Camargo Community Building.
For directions to the race or to download an entry form, go to www.camargowoollyworm.com.
Weekend of Oct. 8-9:
— Obstacle Mobstacle Dash
If you liked the Car-X Crazy K, you’ll like this race.
This is a new event from the Champaign Park District on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Centennial Park. This is a two-mile race course with obstacles to climb, balance on and weave around. You do the race as a “mob” of four. If you don’t have your own mob, you can put yourself on a Free Agent List, to be added to a team as spaces are available.
There are awards for the top finishers, best dressed, best mob name and most generations competing.
The event also includes a 1/2-mile Kids K race for kids ages 3 to 12, a bicycle safety clinic and a kids art booth.
You can preregister through Sept. 30 or register on race day from 7 to 8 a.m. The Kids K starts at 8:30 a.m. and the Obstacle Mobstacle Dash starts at 9 a.m. The bicycle safety clinic and art booth are open from 9 to 11 a.m.
Click here for the race flier.
— Tanger Outlet 5K
This Fit for Families 5K run/walk is Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Tuscola. The race benefits the Mills Breast Cancer Institute.
You can register online through Oct. 7. Here’s a link for race information and link for registration.
— Dig Deeper 5K
This 5K is Saturday, Oct. 8, on the paved Mountain Goat trail at Kickapoo State Park. The race aims to raise money to dig wells in Haiti to provide fresh water to villages and ease the cholera epidemic.
The race starts at 9 a.m. and race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
For more information or to download a registration form, go to http://www.digdeeper4haiti.org/ and click on the link for the Dig Deeper 5K.
— 5K for the Fold
This is a 5K run, a children’s fun run and a baby crawl on Saturday, Oct. 8, to benefit the Baby Fold, which provides adoption, foster care, residential care, special education and other family services.
The race starts at The Corn Crib in Normal.
For more information or to register, go to http://5forthefold.com.
— CISAR 5K run/1-mile walk
This race on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Tipton Park in Bloomington benefits the Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue. Strollers and pets are welcome in the walk.
Race day registration is from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Here’s a link for the registration form.
— Breast Cancer Awareness Ride
This ride on Saturday, Oct. 8, aims to honor those who have had breast cancer, raise awareness about breast cancer and support research for a cure. The entry fees go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The ride starts and finishes at Champaign Cycle and there is a rest stop at the local American Cancer Society office. Riders can choose from 10- or 25-mile routes. There will be raffle prizes and refreshments following the ride.
For more information or to register, click here.
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