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Got your costume for your weekend race? Don’t miss Allerton — one of the best races of the year. Great trail, costumes, food.
If you are doing Screaming Pumpkin in Peoria tonight, look for my team, “Boowatch.” We’ll be the ones dressed as lifeguards.
Here’s the list:

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.
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.
You can register Saturday 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 tonight 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.
You can still register today at Glen Oak Park from 3 to 6 p.m.
For more information, go to

— Halloween Hustle
This 5K on Saturday 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. this evening 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 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 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 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 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.

Weekend of Nov. 5-6:
— Rattlesnake Master
This Run for the Prairie includes 5K and 10K runs and a 5K walk, on Sunday, Nov. 6, at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana. The race benefits the Grand Prairie Friends, a prairie and woodlands conservation organization.
If you register with an entry post-marked by Nov. 2, you’ll save some money. You can also register at Body n’ Sole from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 and race day from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at the Race Street pavilion at Meadowbrook Park.
For more information, go to The page includes a link to the race registration form.

— Canal Connection
I’ve heard good things about this race. Every year I want to do it, and I always have a conflict. This year is no different. Maybe I’ll make it there in 2012.
It’s a 10K run at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. Runners gather in Utica, where they are bused to the start line at LaSalle-Peru High School. They run the Illinois-Michigan Canal Towpath back to Utica.
If you’re looking for a 10K PR, consider this race. The first three-quarters of a mile are downhill.
For more information, go to That page includes links to online registration and the race flier.

— LUNGevity 5K
This race is at Tipton Park in Bloomington on Saturday, Nov. 5. It includes a 5K run and a 2-mile walk, and it raises money for lung cancer research.
Strollers, wheelchairs and pets are welcome on the walk course.
The event also includes a silent auction, raffle and kids’ activities.
Here’s a link for more information or to register.

— Freeze Out Hunger 2-mile Trail Fun Run
This run is on the Eastern Illinois University campus at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. All proceeds go to the Charleston Food Pantry.
Race day registration begins at 1 p.m. Here’s the link to the race brochure.

— Zeta Tau Alpha 5K
This 5K run and walk is Sunday, Nov. 6, at Tipton Park in Bloomington, and it is to raise money for breast cancer research and education. There’s also a 1-mile run.
Online registration closes at midnight Saturday, Nov. 5. There is race day registration beginning at 8 a.m.
Here’s a link for more information or to register.

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Photos: From Allerton Park Trail Run, 2010.

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urbana1234 wrote on October 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm

had a lot of fun in Allerton, one of my favourite races in the calendar.

Jodi Heckel wrote on October 31, 2011 at 9:10 am
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It was very fun, as usual ... although very blustery in the meadow after the race! Were you in costume?

urbana1234 wrote on October 31, 2011 at 9:10 am

no, have not been brave enough for that yet. had a blast all the same.

Jodi Heckel wrote on November 01, 2011 at 9:11 am
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Next year, costume! Just make sure it's something you can run in.