The Fit List

The Fit List

Not so many races this time of year, so The Fit List will appear sporadically during the winter months. There’s are several New Year’s Eve races to consider, and the Siberian Express in January.
I’ll be breaking out the Santa hat and string of battery-powered lights for an annual Christmas lights run to celebrate a friend’s birthday this weekend. Happy Holidays.

New Year’s Eve:
— Body N’ Sole Sports New Year’s Eve Fun Run
This is Body N’ Sole’s 13th year hosting a New Year’s Eve run. The run is three miles through Savoy. It starts at 4 p.m. at their store, 1317 Dunlap Ave., Savoy.
The fun run benefits the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. If you’re running, donate either $5 or a food item to the Food Bank. The food items they would like are canned meals, canned beans or other vegetables, canned fruits, boxed meals or peanut butter.
After the run, Body N’ Sole provides refreshments and door prizes. It’s limited to the first 175 runners to sign up. RSVP by Dec. 28 at or 217/356-8926.

— Frozen 5K Run
This is a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run in Neoga on New Year’s Eve. The event is sponsored by the Neoga Booster Club and it is held at Neoga Elementary School. The proceeds will go toward the cost of an all-weather track for Neoga schools.
The 1-mile fun run starts at 1:30 p.m. and the 5K starts at 2 p.m.
Here’s a link for the entry form. You can register online or on race day from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

— Get Lit New Year’s Eve Fun Run
This one’s in East Peoria, and it’s actually at midnight, or almost. It’s a 2-mile fun run/walk that starts at 11:50 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, so you’ll start in 2011 and finish in 2012 (unless you are WAY faster than me). The course for the non-competitive run or walk is through the Festival of Lights Winter Wonderland in East Peoria.
The fun run/walk is followed by a pizza party at Avanti’s.
Here’s a link for more information. The website includes a link for the entry form.

— 2 Miles to Miles
This is a 5K race and a 2K walk at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve in Decatur.
The race starts and ends at the Decatur Family YMCA and you can register there until 1:30 p.m. on race day. The race benefits the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.
Here’s a link for more information and the registration form.

— Hardcore 5K
If for some reason you find yourself near Kewanee on New Year’s Eve, check out the 5K run there at 1 p.m. Here’s a link for the race flier. You can register on race day beginning at 11 a.m.

New Year’s Day:
— New Year’s Day 5K Run/Walk
If you’re spending New Year’s Eve in Chicago, you can run in the annual New Year’s Day run in Lincoln Park. It’s not that early — start time is 11 a.m. The course is the lakefront bike path. You’ll feel better for doing it, trust me.
The race includes a timed 5K race, a 5K fun run and a 5K walk.
And if you aren’t through celebrating the New Year, you can have a complimentary drink at the post-race party. (Non-alcoholic if you are under 21. If you’re legal, take your ID if you want a beer.)
Here’s a link to the race website.

Weekend of January 7-8:
— Siberian Express
The last time I did this race, it was FREEZING cold, with several inches of snow on the ground. I had a great time.
The Kennekuk Road Runners NEVER cancel, so this race will go on no matter what the weather on race day. The race is a 7.45-mile trail run on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m. at Kickapoo State Park. There’s a post-race party in Danville.
Here’s the entry form.

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