The Fit List

The Fit List

Running in high heels? Ouch! Not me. I’ll be running in regular running shoes along the lakeshore in Chicago Saturday morning. But if you want to give running in heels a try, head to Tuscola.
Here’s the list of races:

Weekend of June 9-10:
Marilyn Davidson High Heel Dash
No gym shoes allowed in this dash. Get your heels on and run on Saturday in downtown Tuscola. Don’t worry, the dash is only a couple of blocks. It is in memory of Marilyn Davidson, a former Tuscola school board member, and the race proceeds will help buy computers for Tuscola High School.
The prizes are: men, best legs, and women, best heels. Kids under age 12 can wear gym shoes and there is a kid prize for most creative shoes.
To register, go to You can also register Saturday morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. The dash starts at 8:30 a.m.
Be careful — don’t turn an ankle!

Lake Mingo Trail Run
This is a 7.1-mile trail run on Saturday in Kennekuk Cove County Park. It’s a pretty challenging course.
Here’s a link to the race flier.

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

Wheelin’ Around the Lake
This series of bike rides on Saturday 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 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.

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

Tremont Turkey Festival 5K
This race on Saturday 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.

Weekend of June 16-17:
Steamboat Classic
These races are on Saturday, June 16. There is a tough, hilly 15K; a four-mile race advertised as the world’s fastest; and a non-competitive 4K fun run and walk for runners who have not yet entered high school and for those with disabilities.
There is no race day registration. For more information or to register, go to

This 5K run and walk in Casey (southeast of Mattoon) on Saturday, June 16, benefits Scott’s Pay It Forward Fund. The fund was established in memory of Scott Ellis, who died at age 27 after battling cancer both as a child and an adult. The money from the fund goes to local treatment facilities and programs that help families dealing with cancer.
For more information, go to And here’s a link to the race brochure.

Park2Park Relay
This is a relay on Saturday, June 16, in Indiana is put on by the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County, Indiana. It’s a 60-mile relay for six-person teams that goes through small towns and on park trails. Each runner runs three legs of the relay, between 3 and 5 miles each, for a total of 9 to 12 miles.
There’s also a mini-relay that is 12 miles long and is in McCloud Nature Park. It’s for teams of two or three people or individual runners.
You can also run the Park2Park Relay as an ultramarathon.
For more information or to register, go to The registration deadline is June 14.

Forsyth Family Fest 5K
This is a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile fun run on Saturday, June 16, in Forsyth, near Decatur. Here’s a link to the race brochure.

Newman Freedom Race
This is a 5K run/walk and a biathlon on Saturday, June 16, in Newman. You can do the biathlon as an individual or part of a team. It consists of a 5K run and a 15-mile bike ride.
The race proceeds to go help with medical expenses for a local child who underwent bone surgery to correct a condition caused by dwarfism.
You can register through June 14. For more information, go to

Cutting Edge Half Classic
This is a half Ironman distance triathlon in Effingham on Sunday, June 17. That’s a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run.
You can register through June 14.
Click here for more information.

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

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