The Fit List

The Fit List

Run with Abe this weekend in Springfield, or compete in Champaign’s version of the Amazing Race next weekend. Here’s The Fit List:

Weekend of April 7-8:
Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
This race on Saturday 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 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.

Forget-Me-Not Race for Remembrance
This is a 5K race at Lytle Park in Mattoon on Saturday, April 14. The race is organized by students at the Lakeview College of Nursing to promote awareness of pregnancy and infant loss. The race proceeds will benefit newly bereaved parents by helping purchase memorial items to be donated to Empty Arms, a Champaign support group that will provide the items to local hospitals.
Runners can choose to run in memory of an infant, and the infant’s name will be noted along the
Click here for online registration. Runners can also register on race day from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The race starts at 10 a.m.

Weekend of April 21-22:
Sullivan Triathlon
This event is at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, and it consists of a 400-meter swim at the Sullivan Civic Center, an 11.7-mile bike ride and a 5K run.
For more information or to register, go to
The event is limited to 300 participants, and registration will close on April 15. (The website says registration closes on April 17 in one place and April 15 in another, so do yourself a favor and register by April 15 if you’re going to do this race.) As of Thursday (April 5) morning, there were 225 people registered.
There is also a youth triathlon organized by the Sullivan Blue Dolphins swim team at 9 a.m., consisting of a 100-yard swim, 2.3-mile bike ride and 1-mile run. There is a link for information about the youth triathlon on the Sullivan Triathlon web page.

Miles for Miracles 5K
This is a 5K run and walk on Saturday, April 21, in Newman. The race benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Here’s a link to the registration form. There is race day registration from 7 to 8 a.m.

Race the Roof 5K
This 5K run and walk at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana is Sunday, April 22 — Mom’s Day weekend at the University of Illinois. Walk or run with Mom for a good cause. The race benefits the UI Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Here’s a link for more information and to register.

Pounding the Pavement 5K/10K
If you’ll be in Bloomington-Normal this weekend, you can run or walk to benefit the Illinois State University chapter of Habitat for Humanity. This is their race, on Sunday, April 22.
Here’s the link for the B-N race.

Girls on the Run East Central Illinois 5K
This race, on Saturday, April 21, in Charleston, is the culmination of a 10-week Girls on the Run program. The program is for 3rd through 8th grade girls and teaches about self-respect, creating healthy habits and making good choices through running games and other activities.
Here is a link with race information and online registration.

Tulip 5K Run/Walk for a Cure
This race on Sunday, April 22, in Bloomington raises money toward finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.
Here is a link to the race form.

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