The Fit List

The Fit List

I’ll be back at the River to River Relay in southern Illinois this weekend. It’s one of my favorite races ever. If you are running it, have fun on those hills!
If you’re sticking around central Illinois, here are some races to consider:

Weekend of April 21-22:
Miles for Miracles 5K
This is a 5K run and walk on Saturday 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 — 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.
Here’s the link for the B-N race.

Girls on the Run East Central Illinois 5K
This race, on Saturday 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 in Bloomington raises money toward finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.
Here is a link to the race form.

Weekend of April 28-29:
Christie Clinic Illinois MarathonBlog Photo
Registration for all the races except the youth run has closed, so if you aren’t registered, you’re out of luck. But you can still cheer on the runners, or volunteer to help out on race day, or in the days leading up to the race.
And if you have a kiddo who wants to run the 1K Busey Illinois Youth Run, you can still register online, at the race expo or on race day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
The race website is You’ll find more information about all the races, the routes, the race expo, volunteering, parking, getting around town on race day and more.

Born Learning Trail 5K
This race is on Saturday, April 28, on the Born Learning Trail in White Oak Park in Bloomington.
The Born Learning Trail is a paved trail with nine learning activities for parents and children. Teens United for McLean County and the City of Bloomington installed the trail.
The race, at 9 a.m., is sponsored by Teens United for McLean County and the United Way of McLean County to introduce the trail to the public and promote early childhood education. Following the race, there will be a family event to launch the trail, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Here’s a link for more information and to register. There is race day registration from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

DR Dash 5K
This is a 5K race and 1-mile walk on Saturday, April 28, at Tipton Park in Bloomington, to raise money for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic this summer by youth from Eastview Christian Church.
Here’s a link for more information and to register. There is also race day registration at 8 a.m. The race begins at 8:30 a.m.

Weekend of May 5-6:
Morgan Buerkett Memorial 5K
This 5K run and 1-mile walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, at The High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign. I couldn’t find a website or online registration, but you can email for more information.
Morgan Buerkett was a graduate of St. Thomas More. She was killed in a plane crash in July 2011, along with her parents, Dana and Jon Buerkett. St. Thomas More has established a volleyball scholarship in her memory.

Lake Run
This is a 12K run, a 4.37-mile run and a 3-mile non-competitive walk at Lake Bloomington on Saturday, May 5. I’ve heard good things about this run ... and about the post-race party with free beer!
For more information or to register, click here.

Try the Tri
This is a superprint triathlon on Sunday, May 6, in Springfield. It’s geared toward novices, with a 150-yard pool swim, a 5-mile bike ride and a 1.2-mile run. It’s open to anyone age 9 and above.
Click here for more information, or to see the race brochure or register online. Online registration ends at midnight May 4.

Tour de C-U
The bike racers will be hitting the streets of the University of Illinois Research Park on Saturday, May 5, and downtown Urbana on Sunday, May 6.
The races are sponsored by Scarlet Fire Racing and Wild Card Cycling. Click here for more information and to register.
There is also a Tour of Champaign County Bike Ride in conjunction with the criterion bike races, put on by Prairie Cycle Club. It leaves at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 5, from the corner of First Street and St. Mary’s Road in Champaign. There will be two 32-mile routes (do both for a metric century) and a 10-mile in-town ride.
For more information or to register, go to

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

Photo: Nicholas Morrison, 6, of Aurora, races in the 2011 Busey Illinois Youth Run. Photo by Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette.


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