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Good luck to all the St. Jude runners this weekend who are heading to Peoria. Here’s the other runs going on:

Weekend of July 21-22:
Run for the Bagel
This is the 25th year for the race on Saturday in Mattoon. There’s a 10K, a 5K and a 1-mile fun run.
I’ve talked about doing this one for several years and never managed to get there, so this year is my year. It’s an early start — 7 a.m. There is race day registration from 6 to 6:30 a.m.
For more information, go to There’s a link to the race brochure.

Signs of Sunshine 5K
This is a 5K run and walk and kids’ fun run at Maxwell Park in Normal on Saturday. The race course is grass.
Signs of Sunshine is a non-profit organization that provides support to people suffering from a serious illness or injury.
You can register on race day beginning at 7 a.m. For more information, go to

Run United
This is a 5K run and walk and kids’ fun run at Washington Park in Springfield on Saturday. There will be kids’ activities following the fun run. The race benefits the United Way of Central Illinois.
For more information or to register, go to

Fisherman’s Trail 7.5K Trail Race
This trail race is Saturday at Evergreen Lake at Comlara County Park, near Hudson. The race is run on technical single track and hiking trails, with a wave start.
The race benefits the El Paso and Bloomington-Normal St. Jude runners, who are doing the relay to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this weekend.
Click here for more information.

Kankakee Area YMCA 5K
This race is a 5K run, fun walk and children’s run on Saturday in Kankakee. Here’s a link to the race form.

Weekend of July 28-29:
Detweiller at Dark
This is a nighttime cross-country race under the lights at Detweiller Park in Peoria. The race is Friday night, July 27, with heats beginning at 8:15 p.m. There is a 2.1-mile race for junior high students (age 13 and under), and a 3-mile race for high school and collegiate runners (ages 14-22) and for post-collegiate runners (ages 23 and up).
Proceeds from the race benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
For more information, go to

Mt. Zion Odd Fellows 5K/10K
This is a 5K and 10K run/walk at Mt. Zion’s Fletcher Park on Saturday, July 28. The 10K is new this year, and there’s a pancake breakfast after the race.
Click here for more information. There’s a link for the race brochure, and there is also race day registration, beginning at 7 a.m.

Springfield Trifest
This event includes the Iron Abe Olympic Triathlon and the Stoneman Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, July 28, at Lake Springfield.
Iron Abe is a .9-mile swim, a 24.8-mile bike and a 10K run. The Stoneman is a 500-yard swim, 12-mile bike and 5K run. I did the Iron Abe last year and liked it. This year I’m doing the Stoneman.
You can register for the races through packet pickup on Friday evening, July 27, but there is no race day registration.
For more information, go to

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