The Fit List

The Fit List

Good luck to everyone running the half or full marathon at the Monumental Marathon in Indy this weekend.
For everyone else, here’s a list of more local races:

Weekend of Nov. 5-6:
— Rattlesnake Master
This Run for the Prairie includes 5K and 10K runs and a 5K walk, on Sunday at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana. The race benefits the Grand Prairie Friends, a prairie and woodlands conservation organization.
You can register at Body n’ Sole from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday 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. 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. 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. 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 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. There is race day registration beginning at 8 a.m.
Here’s a link for more information or to register.

Weekend of Nov. 12-13:
— Schumacher Shuffle
This is an inaugural race at St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo on Saturday, Nov. 12. There’s a 5K race and 1K kids fun run/walk.
The proceeds go to help buy new track uniforms for the school.
Here’s a link for more information and online registration. There is race day registration from 7 to 7:45 a.m.

— Jingle Bell Run — Bloomington
We’re done running as witches and vampires. And now it’s time to run with Santa hats or reindeer antlers on our heads.
Yes, it’s the first of the season’s Jingle Bell runs that benefit the Arthritis Foundation. This one is at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in Bloomington. You can run or walk the 5K, and there’s a holiday-themed costume contest.
For more information or to register online, go to
Online registration closes at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. You can also register on race day starting at 10 a.m. at Heartland Community College.

— Cranksgiving
This is a bike ride/food drive on Sunday, Nov. 13. It’s one of several such events all over the country, and it was started by bike messengers in New York. Sounds really cool.
The cyclists ride around Champaign, Urbana and Savoy and buy food at various grocery stores. You can earn prizes by completing the ride in the fastest time with the most food. All the food is donated to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
Registration for the ride starts at noon at The Bike Project in Urbana, and the ride begins at 1 p.m. The ride is free, but you’ll need some cash to buy food.
For more information, go to

— Girls on the Run 5K
This race is on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Mattoon. It’s a non-competitive event marking the end of a 10-week Girls on the Run program.
Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that teaches girls in the third through fifth and sixth through eighth grades such skills as how to handle bullies, deal with body image issues and make healthy decisions. The girls who participated run the 5K, along with family and friends, but it’s open to anyone.
Here’s a link for more information or to register online. You can also register on race day beginning at 7:30 a.m.

— Mt. Zion Gettin’ On Track 5K
This race is on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Mt. Zion High School, and it supports the Mt. Zion junior high and high school cross-country and track programs.
Here’s the website for more information and with links to online registration or a copy of the race form.

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