The Fit List

The Fit List

Lots of 5Ks to choose from this weekend, and a bike tour in the Shawnee Forest area in southern Illinois, if you’re up for a bit of travel. The Fit List also has a preview of races on the weekend before Halloween. Get your costumes ready!

Weekend of Oct. 22-23:
— Kinesiology Student Association 5K
The fifth annual 5K race of the University of Illinois Kinesiology Student Association is Sunday at 8:30 a.m., and the theme this year is “Race with a Buddy.” That could mean friend, spouse, parent, child or pet. Awards will be given in several buddy divisions, as well as age groups.
Proceeds from the race will go to community organizations, including the Champaign County Humane Society and Crisis Nursery.
The Kinesiology Student Association is collecting running shoes to send to underprivileged runners in Africa, and pet food donations for the Humane Society.
Race day registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. on the Quad side of the Illini Union. Here’s a link for the race form.

— The One and Only 5K
This is a new race in Farmer City on Saturday. The 5K run and walk start at 9 a.m., and the race benefits the scholarship program of the Farmer City Chamber of Commerce.
You can register on race day between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m.
Contact Josh Hawn at or 217-637-4296 with questions.

— Capt. Ryan A. Beaupre Memorial 5K
This race on Saturday is on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus. It starts at 9 a.m. at the track at Wilder Field, and it takes place during Illinois Wesleyan’s Homecoming weekend.
A portion of the race proceeds benefits the Capt. Ryan A. Beaupre Memorial Scholarship Fund. Capt. Beaupre was a Marine Corps helicopter pilot who died nine years ago during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
There’s a kids fun run at 8:45 a.m. Race day registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Here’s a link for more information.

— Red Ribbon 5-Mile Run
This is a point-to-point run on Lost Bridge Trail in Springfield on Saturday. It’s sponsored by Prevention First and proceeds go to programs that aim to prevent teen drug use.
The race finishes at Rochester Community Park, and shuttle buses will take runners from the finish area to the starting line, with the last bus leaving at 8:40 a.m. The race is at 9 a.m., and there’s registration on race day from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.
Here’s a link for more information. There are tabs at the bottom of the page linking to the race brochure, a course map, FAQs, etc.

— St. Mary’s 5K Chili Crusade
This race is at 1 p.m. Saturday in Bloomington, and it’s run mostly on the Constitution Trail. The race benefits St. Mary’s School, and runners get free admission to the school’s Chili Cook Off.
Here’s a link for more information.

— Tour de Shawnee
If you’re willing to travel a bit this weekend, head south for the Tour de Shawnee on Saturday.
The Tour includes rides of 15, 30, 45, 62 and 100 miles through the Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area in Alexander County in southern Illinois and Shawnee National Forest. The rides start at the Horseshoe Lake Community Center in Olive Branch.
You can register tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the community center or Saturday morning starting at 7 a.m.
For more information, go to

Weekend of Oct. 28-30:
— Allerton Park Trail Run
This is THE big event of the year for Second Wind Running Club. It’s a 5 1/2-mile trail run through Allerton Park near Monticello on Sunday, Oct. 30.
The course is lovely, and it’s followed by a yummy brunch in the meadow. And since it’s the day before Halloween, many runners will be in costume, and there will be awards for the best costumes.
Register today if you want to be guaranteed a shirt. You can register the day before the race from noon to 5 p.m. at Body n’ Sole, but there is no race day registration.
A portion of the proceeds from the race is donated to Friends of Allerton.
Here’s a link for more information and registration.

— Screaming Pumpkin Marathon/Marathon Relay
I did this race last year as part of a relay team and it was a blast!
It’s on Friday night, Oct. 28, in Peoria. Runners can choose either the full marathon or marathon relay, and there’s also a 6.55-mile run and a 2-mile walk.
The course is through Springdale Cemetery, which is hilly and DARK! The course is marked with glow sticks on the ground, but headlamps are recommended.
The marathon and relay are prediction events, so the winners aren’t the fastest runners but those who can finish as close to midnight as possible without going past midnight. Watches, GPS devices and cell phones are prohibited — no checking the time!
The course opens at 6 p.m. to marathoners and relay runners. You decide when to start based on your predicted time. Those finishing before midnight are rewarded with tiaras and wands. Those finishing after midnight get pumpkins.
The 6.55-mile run and 2-mile walk also begin at 6 p.m.
There is also a prize for the best costume. There were some pretty creative ones last year, including one guy running the full marathon dressed as a running shoe made out of a huge box. I don’t know how he made it through 26.2 miles carrying that thing.
If you want to enter, do it by Sunday night at midnight. Online registration closes after that, although you can register next week — in person only — at Running Central in Peoria Heights, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., or on race day at Glen Oak Park from 3 to 6 p.m.
For more information, go to

— Halloween Hustle
This 5K on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 a.m. is sponsored by the Rantoul Township High School’s Eagle Mentoring Program for the high school’s freshmen.
There is registration from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the high school or on race morning from 7 to 7:45 a.m.
There will be awards for best costumes, and there’s also a kids 1K race.
Contact Candy Franzen or Travis Flesner with questions at 892-2151 or by emailing or

— Run 4 Justice
This 5K run and walk will be on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Crystal Lake Park. It’s sponsored by St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and will benefit the center’s Service and Justice Outreach.
There is race day registration from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and the race is at 9 a.m.
Here’s link to the race flier.

— 5K Zombie Chase
The undead are coming! Can you outrun them?
Find out with this race, which is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, on the University of Illinois campus. It’s sponsored by the UI student chapter of The Wildlife Society.
Zombies on the course will be trying to “infect” you. It would be a good idea to read the rules of this race closely — it’s not your ordinary 5K.
Here’s a link for more information and for registration.

— Dusk to Dark 5K Scream
This is an evening 5K run and 3K walk on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Normal. It starts at sunset and the course will be lit with glow sticks. Costumes are encouraged.
There is also a kids’ scavenger challenge for children age 10 and under.
You can register on race day from 3 to 4:30 p.m. There will be free childcare during the race and live music. The race benefits Mulberry School, a private school in Normal.
Here’s a link for more information, and here’s the race flier.

— 5K Gator Run
This 5K run and 1-mile fun run/walk is on Saturday, Oct. 29, on the Tipton Trails in Normal. It benefits Grove Elementary School in Normal.
There are prizes for the best Halloween costumes.
You can register on race day beginning at 7:30 a.m. Here’s a link to the race brochure.

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