The Fit List

The Fit List

The Fit List is all about the bike rides this weekend. I’ve not done any of these rides before, but they all sound like fun. If you ride one of them, let me know how you like it.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of Oct. 1-2:
— Prairie Pedal
This Sunday 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 today. Here’s a link for more information or to register.

— Fritz Miericke Memorial Ride
This Ride to the Depot in White Heath on Sunday 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.

— Meet-in-the-Middle Bicycle Ride
This ride on Saturday 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.

— Run the Woods 5K
This trail run is at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center at Lake Bloomington on Saturday. 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.

— Soar Like Eagles 5K/10K
This race on Saturday 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.

— Camargo Woolly Worm 5K
This 5K on Saturday 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

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 today 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 to register.

— 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 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

— 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.

— Race Against Racism
This 5K run and walk on Saturday, Oct. 8, is at 10:30 a.m. at Meadowbrook Park. There’s also a free 1.5K youth unity run at 11 a.m.
The race is sponsored by the YWCA of the University of Illinois, and the race benefits racial justice and women’s empowerment programs at the YWCA.
Here’s link for online registration. You can also register on race day beginning at 9 a.m.
Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of Oct. 15-16:
— Run for the Red Shoe
This 5K run, 2-mile run/walk and kids’ fun runs are Saturday, Oct. 15, and they benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. The races start and finish at the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield.
The kids’ fun runs include a 100-yard dash for kids 5 and under, and a half-mile challenge for kids ages 6 to 12.
Click here for the race flier. Click here for online registration.

— Sand Creek Trail Run
This 7-mile run is at the Sand Creek Conservation Area near Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 15.
The race benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides scholarships and counseling to the children of special operations personnel who died in operations or training missions, and financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their
You’ll save a few dollars if your entry is postmarked by Oct. 8.
For more information, go to the Decatur Running Club race calendar here, and click on the race name under the Oct. 15 date.

— Cross the Finish Line for a Cause
This is a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Faries Parkway in Decatur. The race raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For more information, go to the Decatur Running Club race calendar here, and click on the race name under the Oct. 15 date.

— ISU Town and Gown 5K Run
This race on Saturday, Oct. 15, is part of Illinois State University’s Homecoming festivities.
For more information, go to The page includes links for online registration and the race flier.

— Oktoberfest 5K
This is a 5K run, 2-mile walk and kids’ fun run on Sunday, Oct. 16, in Bloomington. There’s food, beer and music at the post-race celebration.
Here’s a link to the race flier.

— Hilly Hundred
I’ve always thought this bike ride sounded fun. Maybe I’ll ride it next year. After I’ve done some hill training.
This ride is the weekend of Oct. 15 and 16. It’s two days of riding in southern Indiana, about 50 miles per day with some major hills. Meals and camping are available.
For more information, go to

If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at


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