The Fit List

The Fit List

Good luck to all the runners at the Chicago Marathon this weekend. If you’re looking for a shorter race, you’re in the right place. And if you liked the Car-X Crazy K, you should consider the Obstacle Mobstacle Dash on Saturday.
It’s a new event of the Champaign Park District on Saturday 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 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.

Weekend of Oct. 8-9:
— Tanger Outlet 5K
This Fit for Families 5K run/walk is Sunday at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Tuscola. The race benefits the Mills Breast Cancer Institute.
You can register online through today. Here’s a link for race information and to register.

— Dig Deeper 5K
This 5K is Saturday 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 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 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 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 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 Saturday.
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

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