The Fit List

The Fit List

So many good local races to choose from this weekend — Kirby Derby, Twin City Twosome, Whitmore Park and the Morgan Buerkett Memorial 5K. I’ll be at Kirby Derby — say hi if you see me.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of May 12-13:
Morgan Buerkett Memorial 5K
This 5K run and 1-mile walk is on Saturday at The High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign. The race starts at 9 a.m., and there is onsite registration from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
Morgan Buerkett was a 2010 graduate of St. Thomas More, and a volleyball player and member of the track team there. 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.
The race is being sponsored by the National Honor Society at St. Thomas More. The registration fee is $25 and all the proceeds go to the Morgan Lee Buerkett Scholarship.
Here’s a link for information and to print the registration and waiver forms. Questions? Email Nick Gallivan at or Rachel Semple at

Kirby Derby
This race on Saturday includes 5K and 10K runs, a 5K recreational walk and a free kids run for kids 10 and under. The races start and end in Forest Preserve Park in Monticello.
The runs and walk start at 8 a.m. and the kids race is at 10 a.m. Race day registration is from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m.
I did this race last year for the first time. Nice shirts and finisher medals, but no age group awards. This year, the age group awards are back (yah!).
Here’s a link for more information.Blog Photo

Twin Cities Twosome
This race on Saturday is at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. It’s the 21st eyar of the race, sponsored by Human Kinetics, and the proceeds go to the T.I.M.E.S. Center, the Center for Women in Transition and the Crisis Nursery.
You can run or walk this race, and do it solo or as a twosome. Teams doing the twosome run (each person runs a 5K) or the twosome walk (each person walks a 2.5K) can choose categories such as combined ages, youth, parent-child, husband-wife and corporate.
For more information, go to

5K Grow and Go
This race on Saturday in Bloomington includes a 5K run, a 1-mile walk and a 1/4-mile Cock a Doodle Dash for kids 10 and under. The race is a fundraiser for the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program. There are kids’ activities and breakfast after the race.
The 5K and walk start at 9 a.m., kids’ race at 8:45 a.m. Race day registration is from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Here’s a link for more information.

Race for the Warriors 5K
This is a 5K run and walk on Saturday at Winter Park in Danville. The race is on a cross-country course.
The race is a fundraiser sponsored by Danville’s PB & PA Unit 11 (police) and Firefighters Local 429 to bring a Wounded Warriors group to Danville for a charity softball game in August, to benefit the local AMBUCS chapter.
Here’s a link for more information.

Whitmore Park Spring Classic
This is a half marathon and 5-mile run at Whitmore Park in Decatur on Saturday, May 12. The races are followed by a pancake and sausage breakfast.
Here is a link for the half marathon and one for the 5-miler. And here’s a link for the race brochure.

Fat Ass 5K
This is a 5K race and street party in Springfield on Saturday. You can chow down along the race route on beer, ice cream, donuts and corn dogs (ugh!). The street party includes a pig roast and live music.
The 5K starts at 10 a.m. and the street party is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, go to

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

Photo: Runners and walkers during the 2011 Twin Cities Twosome, on the course through Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. Photo by John Dixon/The News-Gazette.



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