The Fit List

The Fit List

So many runs this weekend, and a ride in Decatur. If you run a race you really like, I’d like to hear about it.
Here’s the list for this weekend, as well as the next weekend and upcoming Fourth of July races.

Weekend of June 23-24:
Walldog Jog
This a 5K run and walk in Arcola on Saturday. It coincides with the Arcola Walldogs Project, where artists are creating 14 outdoor murals.
The run is at 8 a.m. and race day registration is from 7 to 7:30 a.m. at Kelley Moore Park. For more information, go to

Gifford Community Celebration 5K
This 5K run and walk on Saturday is the first of four races that are part of the All Area 5K Championship Circuit.
This race is at 7 a.m., and race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Here’s a link to the race form.

Ride United
This ride on Sunday starts at Fairview Park in Decatur. Riders can choose from 10-, 30-, 45- and 62-mile routes. The routes open at 7 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. The event benefits the United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois. Kids 15 and under ride free.
The rides are followed by lunch, beer and raffle prizes from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Non-riders can buy a meal ticket at the event.
Click here for more information or to register.

Bethany Celebration 5K Run
This 5K race and 1-mile fun run is Saturday in Bethany. You can register on race day from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m.
Here’s a link to the registration form.

Lexington Country Run
This is a 5K race on Saturday in Lexington. It’s part of the Lake Run Club circuit. There’s also a 1-mile walk and a kids’ run.
Here is a link to the race form.

Marfan Mad Dash 5K
This race on Saturday in Bloomington is a 5K run/walk to raise awareness of Marfan syndrome. The race benefits the National Marfan Foundation.
Here is a link for more information.

U Otter Run 5K
This is a 5K trail race on Saturday sponsored by the McLean County Parks and Recreation Department. It is at Comlara County Park.
Click here for more information.

Memorial Regional Burn Center 5K Run/Walk
This race is Saturday at Washington Park in Springfield. Proceeds from the race benefit the Memorial Medical Center Regional Burn Center.
Click here for more information.

Courageous Father & Family 5K Run
This race is Saturday at Stuart Park in Springfield. It benefits the Relevant Practical Ministry for Men.
Here’s a link for the race form.

Going the Extra Mile for Education 5K
This is a 5K run and walk on Sunday in Saybrook. It benefits the Ridgeview Education Foundation. Here’s the link for the race form.

Weekend of June 30-July 1:
Rockin the Runway
This is an evening 5K race on Saturday, June 30, at the old Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul. The race starts at 7 p.m. There’s also 5K noncompetitive walk, and there are awards for the most patriotic runners and walkers.
The race is the second of four races that are part of the All Area 5K Championship Circuit.
The Firecracker Classic event going on that evening will include kids’ games, laser tag, a car show, a beer tent, live music and fireworks.
Click here for the race brochure.

Kracker Klassic
This is a 5K run and walk, and the Kiddie Klassic 1/4-mile and 1-mile fun runs, on Saturday, June 30. There’s no registration fee for the Kiddie Klassic runs, but race officials are accepting donations to the Tolono Emergency Fund and Sadorus Food Pantry.
Here’s a link to the race form.

Downs 5K Freedom Run
This is a 5K run and 1-mile walk on Saturday, June 30, in Downs. The race proceeds go to the town’s Fourth of July celebration.
Here’s a link to the race form.

5K for Orphans
This race at Tipton Park in Bloomington is Saturday, June 30. There’s the 5K run, a 1-mile walk and a kids’ fun run. The race proceeds go to help children in an orphanage in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
Race officials are also collecting new or gently used athletic shoes for Soles4Souls.
For more information on the race or the charities it benefits, click here.

Lytle Park Triathlon
This sprint-distance triathlon is at Lytle Park Pool in Mattoon on Sunday, June 1. It consists of a 300-meter swim, a 12.5-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run. You can do the triathlon as an individual or as part of a relay team. The event also includes a free 5K run starting at 7:30 a.m., a half hour before the triathlon start.
Here’s a link for more information and for registration.

July 4:
Freedom 5K
This is the 5K run and walk before Champaign-Urbana’s Fourth of July parade. It covers part of the parade route. The 5K starts at 11:05 a.m., and there’s a youth run at 10:30 a.m. The parade starts at 1:05 p.m.
Click here for more information. There’s a link at the bottom of the page to go to the race form.

Knights of Columbus 5K
This 5K run and walk is on July 4 in Paxton, in conjunction with its Good Old Fashioned Days 4th of July celebration. The race starts at 8 a.m., and it is the third of the four All Area 5K Championship Circuit races. There are also 100-meter and 800-meter kids runs.
For more information, click here.

Park 2 Park 5 Miler
This race is at 7:30 a.m. on July 4 near Miller Park in Bloomington. The racers run through Bloomington and Normal to The Corn Crib baseball stadium in Normal.
There is bus transportation before the race from The Corn Crib to Miller Park, and back to Miller Park from The Corn Crib after the race and awards ceremony.
Here’s a link to the race form. And here’s a link for online registration.

Staley Firecracker 4 and 8 mile Road Run
This event on July 4 in Decatur includes 4- and 8-mile runs and a 2-mile walk. Here’s a link to the race form.

4 for the 4th
This is a 4-mile run and a 2-mile walk in Charleston on July 4. The race benefits the Coles County Habitat for Humanity.
Here’s a link for the race form.

NOTE: If you want to participate in the Champaign Park District’s Mini Tri on Aug. 4, you need to register soon. The event is limited to 350 people and it usually sells out. As of Friday afternoon, there were 65 spots left. The registration deadline in July 6, but expect it to be full before then.
Here’s a link for more information about the triathlon.

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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