The Fit List

The Fit List

The Fit List is back, after a long hiatus. Now that it’s spring, there are lots of runs in the upcoming weekends.
Here’s this week’s list:

Weekend of March 31-April 1:
— Illini Mentor Program 5K and Fun Run
This event on campus supports the Illini Mentor Program, a student organization at the University of Illinois that provides mentoring to children at the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club and Prairie Elementary School in Urbana.
The race is 10 a.m. Saturday on the UI Quad, and the route goes south through campus and around the McFarland Belltower. You can register on race day starting at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m.
Here’s a link for more information or to register online.

— April Fools 5K
This race, at noon Sunday, will be at the UI Arboretum and cover part of the UI cross country course.
The race proceeds go to a non-profit organization run by UI MBA students to promote education for underprivileged children.
Here’s a link for more information and online registration. You can also register on race day, beginning at 10 a.m.

— Cross Country Run/Walk
This run, at 9 a.m. Saturday at Kickapoo State Park, is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
There are various age groups and distances for children from 5th grade through 12th grade. Adults can do either a 3-mile run/walk or a 7.5-mile run/walk. Seven runners can enter as a team and save some money on the entry fee.
Here’s a link for the race.

— CCHS Saints Alive 5K Run/2 Mile Walk
This race is at 1 p.m. Sunday at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington. You can register from 11:30 to 12:30 on race day. There’s also a kids’ fun run at 12:15 p.m.
Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of April 7-8:
— Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
This race on Saturday, April 7, in Springfield runs past Lincoln’s home, his law office, the Old State Capitol, and his tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
The finisher medal is a giant penny, and you can have your photo taken with a Lincoln impersonator. If you run this race, watch for another Abe who will be running the race — Jeff Kohmstedt of Champaign.
For more information or to register, go to

— Lake Sara Dam Run
This race is an 8-mile run and a 5K run and walk on Saturday, April 7, in Effingham. Proceeds go to the Special Olympics.
You can register on race day from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and the races start at 10 a.m.
For more information or to register online, go to

Weekend of April 14-15:
— Race the Greenspace
This is the Champaign Park District’s version of the Amazing Race. It’s Saturday, April 14, and it is an adventure-style race covering 8 to 10 miles and several park district parks and facilities.
Teams of two to four people will solve riddles involving photos or trivia, and the answers will lead them to checkpoints where they’ll complete mental or physical challenges. The teams must figure out the best order in which to complete all the checkpoints. They can run, walk, bicycle, rollerblade, skateboard or use public transportation to get between checkpoints.
The race starts at 8 a.m. at Dodds Park. You can register through April 10, and there will be no race day registration.
Children under age 8 are not allowed, and those ages 8 to 14 must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the event.
Click here for more information.

— Walk, Run or Roll
The Greater Community AIDS Project will hold its Walk, Run or Roll event on April 14 at Burwash Park in Savoy.
The walking, running or biking event is a non-competitive event to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and raise money for people in East Central Illinois living with HIV or AIDS. All proceeds go to HIV/AIDS emergency assistance and prevention education programs.
Participants can choose from a 1-mile walk, a 5K run, and a 10-mile or 25-mile bike ride. The walking course is accessible for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs. The events are not timed and there are no awards, but prizes will be given for most money raised and most participants recruited.
For more information or to register, go to and go to the link for information about the race at the bottom of the page.

— Kick Butts Day 5K Walk/Run
This 5K run and walk is at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at Morton Park in Charleston. The event is to raise awareness about tobacco and support tobacco control policies and education. It is sponsored by the Eastern Illinois University Health Education Resource Center. The race will be followed by a community picnic.
Here’s a link for more information and to register.

— Taking Steps to End Child Abuse
This is a 5K run and a 1-mile walk on Saturday, April 15, at Tipton Park in Bloomington. It supports Children’s Home + Aid.
You can register on race day beginning at 1 p.m. The 5K starts at 2:30 p.m. and the 1-mile Family Walk is at 3:15 p.m.
Here’s a link to register for the race.

— AHA Darrell Beck 5K
This race, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is on Saturday, April 14, at Nelson Park in Decatur. You can register on race day from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m.
Here’s a link for online registration.

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