The Fit List

The Fit List

It looks like we’ll have some awesome running weather this weekend. Lots of races to choose from, starting with a 5K this evening in Effingham.
Here’s the list:

Friday, June 1:
CASA’s 5K Night Run/Walk
This race begins this evening at sunset, approximately 8:15 p.m. It starts and ends at the Effingham Elks Lodge and is followed by an after party with live music. The race benefits the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) organization in Effingham County.
For more information, go to and click on the registration link.

Weekend of June 2-3:
Countryside 10K
Get your cowbell! This is the second year for this 10K run and 2-mile walk. It’s on Saturday in Sidney. It’s sponsored by the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation, and the proceeds go to scholarships for students studying agriculture.
The age group awards are cowbells, and the Sidney Dairy Barn will be there with ice cream after the race. I’m looking forward to this one. I didn’t end up running it last year, when it was beastly hot, but it looks like we’ll have a great day for it this weekend.
Here’s a link for more information.

Champion Chase 5K
This race is Sunday in Bloomington and benefits the Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. The race is held in conjunction with a Children’s Miracle Network telethon.
In addition to the 5K race, there’s also a fun run and kids’ activities.
For more information, go to

Erin’s Annual 5K Run/Walk/Fun Walk Against CF
This race is Saturday at Ervin Park in Tuscola. Here’s a link to the entry form.

Covington 5K Run/Walk
This race is Saturday in Covington, Ind. Proceeds go to maintain and further develop the Covington Circle Trail, and to the Covington Food Pantry.
There’s a free kids fun run after the 5K.
For more information, go to If you do this race, remember that Indiana is an hour ahead of Illinois.

Weekend of June 9-10:Blog Photo
Lake Mingo Trail Run
This is a 7.1-mile trail run on Saturday, June 9, in Kennekuk Cove County Park. It’s a pretty challenging course.
Here’s a link to the race flier. And here’s a link for online registration.

Old Glory Days 5K
This 5K run and walk is Saturday, June 9, in Bement. Here’s a link for the race flier.

Wheelin’ Around the Lake
This series of bike rides on Saturday, June 9, is the McLean County Wheelers’ Annual Spring Metric.
You can choose from a 10-mile family route, or 20-, 40- or 60-mile routes. The rides start and finish at Comlara Park near Hudson. You get lunch with your registration.
Here’s the ride brochure. And here's a link for online registration.

Ogden Lions Club Ride
This bike ride on Saturday, June 9, is a fundraiser for Camp Lions, a summer camp for children ages 7 to 17 with visual or hearing impairments.
There are 12-, 32- and 62-mile routes available.
Here’s a link for the race flier, and here’s a link for online registration.

Make a Difference 5K
This 5K race for Cystic Fibrosis is on Saturday, June 9, at Moraine View State Park in LeRoy. Here is a link for online registration.

Tremont Turkey Festival 5K
This race on Saturday, June 9, is part of the Tremont Turkey Festival — which also includes bed races, a horseshoe tournament, a pole vault competition, a frozen turkey toss and lots of turkey sandwiches.
For more information, go to Click on the tab for “Sports” at the top of the page for 5K info.

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


Photo: Runners at the Lake Mingo Trail Run in 2004. Photo by Holly Hart/The News-Gazette.



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urbana1234 wrote on June 04, 2012 at 6:06 am

congrats on your age group win. :) i got third in my age division.

Jodi Heckel wrote on June 04, 2012 at 9:06 am
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Congrats to you too! I heard your name called, but I think you had already left by then. What's your next race?

urbana1234 wrote on June 04, 2012 at 11:06 am

yeah, I had to get home to shower and get to work, i'll take the day off next year. :) my next race is next Saturday in Terre Haute, a 12 hr ultra. It is like the Howl, do as many 5k loops as you want. Time to test the waters, looking forward to it. I intended to do the Howl as my first but it falls on a weekend I work, and is a week before the Madison Mini so that is out for this year. Happy running.

Jodi Heckel wrote on June 04, 2012 at 11:06 am
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Good luck in Terre Haute! Let me know how it goes. I've never done Howl, or any ultra. I have a friend who's been trying to get me to do a trail ultra for some time, so eventually I'll have to pick one and do it! Have a good run.