The Fit List

The Fit List

Choose from a hilly bike ride, a trail run, an Oktoberfest 5K or an ISU Homecoming race for your weekend fun.
Here’s the roundup of races this weekend:

— Run for the Red Shoe
This 5K run, 2-mile run/walk and kids’ fun runs are Saturday 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.
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
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 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 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 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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