Here’s the rundown on New Year’s Eve races, and a few for upcoming weekends.
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 to registered runners (limited to the first 175 who signed up).
— 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 Jan. 7-8:
— Siberian Express
The Kennekuk Road Runners NEVER cancel, so this race will go on whether it’s 20 below, three feet of snow, or pouring rain and 60 degrees. 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.
Weekend of Jan. 14-15:
— Carle Resolution Run
This is a 5K fun run and walk on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Carle Forum in Urbana. The run is through Crystal Lake Park.
It starts at 9 a.m. and there is race day registration beginning at 8 a.m. You can also register online here.
— Triple D Winter Races
This sounds interesting. It’s a series of winter endurance races in Dubuque County, Iowa. You can either run or ski an ultramarathon (50 kilometers), a marathon or a half-marathon, or you can bike 100 kilometers.
It’s on Sunday, Jan. 15. The skiers and runners race on groomed trails, and the bikers on snowmobile trails. The race is self-supported, meaning you have to carry your own water, food or extra clothing with you (although marathoners and ultramarathoners have one aid station, at mile 22).
You might want to take the next day off work if you plan on racing this one. And you’ll need to register by Jan. 9. Go to http://tripledrace.blogspot.com for more information.
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Photo: Runners at the 2010 Siberian Express. Photo by Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette.