The Fit List

The Fit List

You’ve got options this weekend — outdoors or indoors. If you’re OK with running in the cold, get to the Carle Resolution Run. If you’d rather exercise in a warmer environment, check out the Champaign Park District’s walk and fitness fair at Market Place Mall.
Here’s the (short) list of happenings.

Weekend of Jan. 14-15:
— Carle Resolution Run
This is a 5K fun run and walk on Saturday 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. Here is the online information.

— Just a Walk in the Park
The Champaign Park District is kicking off this program from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Market Place Mall. Joining this walking club gets you a list of all the walking trails and paths in Champaign and their distances, access to an online mileage tracking system, motivational emails and a group of potential walking buddies.
Saturday’s event includes walking a 5K in the mall, a Zumba dance-along, a salsa dance demonstration and a health fair with local health and fitness professionals.
The walking club costs $5 for residents and $7.50 for non-residents. Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of Jan. 21-22:
— Chilly Chili Run
This is a 4.37-mile (or 4.5-mile, depending on where you look online) run on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. at Lake Bloomington, with post-race chili and drinks. This race is more about fun than being competitive. Prizes are given for the best-dressed and the least-dressed men and women.
Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of Feb. 4-5:
— Charleston Challenge Mid-Winter Classic
You can run a 5K, 10K or 15K on Saturday, Feb. 4, in Charleston. Their slogan seems especially appropriate this winter — “You never know ... shorts or snow!”
Here’s a link for more information, including a link for online registration.

If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at

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urbana1234 wrote on January 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

2011 was 4+ inches of snow and blizzard conditions last year in Charleston. A good few turned up all the same and done the 5/10/15k. 2010 was sunny and slushy, wet snow. :) A nice race all the same, well organised, good community support.

Jodi Heckel wrote on January 16, 2012 at 9:01 am
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It sounds like a good one. I wish I could do it, but an 8 a.m. obligation here in town that day will prevent me from getting to Charleston in time to race. Have fun if you go!


sueo wrote on January 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm

There is a series of webinars that Human Kinetics will host for marathon (and half marathon) training--great presenters, free information! The first one is this week:

The featured presenter is Pete Pfitzinger.

Just thought I would share free information--thanks!


Jodi Heckel wrote on January 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm
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Thanks for sharing info about the webinar! I've read Pete Pfitzinger's columns in Running Times occasionally and thought they were really informative.