The Fit List

Make your plans for a Turkey Trot before the holiday stuffing begins! Or ride Cranksgiving this weekend and give back by helping provide food for those less fortunate. Check out the races in The Fit List.

Weekend of Nov. 12-13:
— Schumacher Shuffle
This is an inaugural race at St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo on Saturday. 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
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 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 www.jinglebellbloomington.com.
You can register on race day starting at 10 a.m. at Heartland Community College.

— Cranksgiving
This is a bike ride/food drive on Sunday. 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 http://chambanacranksgiving.blogspot.com.

— Girls on the Run 5K
This race is on Saturday 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.
Go to www.girlsontheruneci.org for more information. You can register on race day beginning at 7:30 a.m.

— Mt. Zion Gettin’ On Track 5K
This race is on Saturday 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.

Weekend of Nov. 19-20:
— Run for the Mahomet Library
This 5K run and walk is Saturday, Nov. 19, at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve. It’s jointly sponsored by the Friends of the Mahomet Public Library and the Mahomet Rotary Club.
The race starts at 9 a.m., and there’s race day registration from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. For more information, go to http://mahometpubliclibrary.org/runforthelibrary.

— Turkey Trots
One of my favorite holiday traditions is the Turkey Trot. I feel a little better about having a second piece of pumpkin pie if I’ve run Thanksgiving morning.
The Urbana Park District’s Turkey Trot is a free event at Crystal Lake Park, beginning at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 24. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. There’s free hot chocolate, and they raffle off a lot of good stuff afterward. Here’s a link for more information.
And you don’t have to run. For many of the participants, this is just a stroll through the park.
Decatur’s Turkey Trot is Saturday, Nov. 19, and includes a 5K and a 10K run, and a 5K recreational walk. The race starts at Fairview Park, and race day registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m.
For more information, go to http://www.decatur-parks.org and click on the logo for the Turkey Trot on the homepage.
In Bloomington, the Turkey Trot is a 3-mile run, a 1.5-mile fun walk and a 1/2-mile kids fun run. It’s at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at Miller Park. It’s a free event, and registration begins at 8 a.m. Participants are eligible for drawings for frozen turkeys. Here’s the website for more information.
The Peoria Turkey Trot is Sunday, Nov. 20, in Detweiller Park. It’s a 4-mile run beginning at 1 p.m. Here’s the information on the Peoria Park District website.

— Mattoon Santa Chase
This race includes a half-marathon and a 5K run on Saturday, Nov. 19. The half-marathon starts at 12:55 p.m., and the 5K at 1 p.m., immediately before the Mattoon Holiday Parade.
Registration on race day is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
The race benefits the Mattoon Youth Wrestling Club. Go to its website at www.mattoonywc.com to get to the race flier.

— Jingle Bell Run — Springfield
Springfield’s Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis is Saturday, Nov. 19, at Lincoln Land Community College. The 5K run/walk begins at 10 a.m., and registration begins at 8 a.m.
For more information or to register, go to www.jinglebellspringfield.com.

If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at jheckel@news-gazette.com.

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