The Fit List

The Fit List

Some good races coming up. Saturday is the inaugural (and sold out) Big Ten Network’s Big 10K in Chicago. If you’re running it, I’d like to hear how it went.
Here’s the list of races you can still get into.

Tonight, July 27:
Detweiller at Dark
This is a nighttime cross-country race this evening, under the lights at Detweiller Park in Peoria. If you are going to be in Peoria and want to run, you can sign up this evening. Heats begin 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

Weekend of July 28-29:
Mt. Zion Odd Fellows 5K/10K
This is a 5K and 10K run/walk at Mt. Zion’s Fletcher Park on Saturday. 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. There is 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 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 this evening, but there is no race day registration.
For more information, go to

Weekend of Aug. 4-5:
Central Illinois Open Water Swim
This is a 1.2-mile and 2.4-mile swim at Evergreen Lake at Comlara County Park, near Hudson, on Saturday, Aug. 4. It’s a rectangular course. You swim it once for the 1.2-mile race, twice for the longer race.
The wetsuit division has been canceled, as water temperatures are too warm for wetsuits.
You can register online until noon on Aug. 3. There is no race day registration. For more information or to register, go to
I’m pretty excited about this swim. It will be my first open water swim that’s not part of a triathlon.

Two Rivers Century
This Kankakee County bicycle ride on Sunday, Aug. 5, offers six distances — 22, 47, 62, 80, 100 or 124 miles.
There are rest stops about every 20 miles and post-ride showers available. The rides start and end at the Splash Valley Aquatic Park in Kankakee.
You can register online or on race day beginning at 6 a.m. For more information or to register, go to

Villa Grove Ag Days 5K
This race is on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Villa Grove. There’s a 5K run and a 5K walk.
Here’s a link to the race form.

This is a 5K run, a 1-mile walk and a kids’ run on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Philo. The race is a fundraiser for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, and is held in memory of Raley Lynn Kirby, who died from mitochondrial disease at 7 weeks old.
Online registration is closed, but you can register on race day, beginning at 7 a.m.
The event this year includes a raffle and silent auction. Live music by the Brat Pack and a beer tent beginning at 7 p.m. will benefit Hope4Aubree, which raises money for memory kits for parents who lose a baby.
For more information, go to

Run for Rick “Heart of Gold” Memorial 5K
This is a 5K run and walk on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Tipton Park in Bloomington.
The race is in memory of Rick Smalley, and the proceeds benefit the Rick Smalley Memorial Fund and the American Heart Association. For more information or to register, go to

Tom Short 5K Trail Run
This is a 5K trail run and 1-mile fun run/walk on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Shelbyville. The race proceeds will help build and maintain the General Dacey Trail in Shelbyville.
You can enter as an individual or as part of a 5-person team.
Runners and their families can swim at the Shelbyville Aquatic Center after the race.
Here’s a link to the race flier.

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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