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The Fit List

It looks like another great weekend for running. Good luck if you are doing the Mahomet half marathon or 5K on Saturday. And if you’re in Champaign Saturday evening, keep an eye out for a critical mass of runners in red dresses.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of Aug. 18-19:
Mahomet Half Marathon and 5K
This half marathon and 5K are on Saturday at Mahomet. The start area is near the high school and both races finish on the high school track.
You can register on race day.
Here’s a link for more information and to register.

Tour de Paws
This is a bike ride on Saturday at Nelson Park in Decatur. It benefits the Macon County Animal Shelter. You can choose from a 3-mile family route, or 25, 43 or 61-mile routes. There’s a post-ride party with lunch, raffle drawings and family activities.
Here’s the ride brochure for more information.

Atwood Apple Dumpling 5K
This race is on Saturday in Atwood. It benefits the Atwood-Hammond junior high track program. There is race day registration.
Here’s a link for more information.

Pony Express Days 5K
This 5K is Saturday at Mt. Zion Foundation Park. Click here for more information and here for the race entry form.

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium Twilight Ride
The bike races in this criterium run from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Edwardsville. The event also includes free kids races, live music and a pub crawl to benefit the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Junior Service Club’s Boundless Playground and the Edwardsville Rotary.
For more information or to register, go to

Weekend of Aug. 25-26:
C-U Across the Prairie
The Prairie Cycle Club’s annual ride is Saturday, Aug. 25, and it leaves from Urbana this year, to coincide with the Sweet Corn Festival.
There is a 10-mile leisurely ride, with a group ride leader, that leaves at 9 a.m. There are also 28-mile and 35-mile loops, or you can combine the loops for a 63-mile ride. All the rides leave from the pavilion at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana.
Click here for more information or to register.

Staci’s Country Miles
This 5K is on Saturday, Aug. 25, in Royal. Race day registration begins at 6 a.m.
Here’s a link to the race form.

Kickapoo Fat Tire Festival
These mountain bike races are Sunday, Aug. 26, at Kickapoo State Park. There are several categories of races, and the event is part of the Illinois Homegrown Race Series of area mountain bike races.
Here’s a link with information about the Kickapoo races.

No Baloney Ride
This ride is on Saturday, Aug. 25, from Chillicothe. The ride distances include 25, 50, 75 and 100 mile routes.
Here is a link for the ride brochure, and here is a link for registration.

5K for the Fold
This run in Normal is Saturday, Aug. 25. The race starts at the Corn Crib ballpark in Normal, and it benefits the Baby Fold, which provides adoption, foster care, special education and community services to children and families.
The race includes a 5K, a children’s fun run and a baby crawl. For more information, go to

5K Run to Rescue
This is a 5K race and 1-mile run/walk at Tipton Park in Bloomington on Saturday, Aug. 25. The race benefits She is Safe, an organization working to prevent abuse and exploitation of women and girls.
For more information or to register, go to

Unite 5K
This is a 5K on the Illinois State University campus in Normal on Saturday, Aug. 25. The race is sponsored by the UNITE (Urban Needs in Teacher Education) chapter at ISU, which is an organization to support and prepare urban teachers.
For more information or to register, go to There is a link for the race on the home page.

Big Earl’s Extreme Race
This is a 3-mile race with 12 obstacles, in Watson, just southwest of Effingham on Saturday, Aug. 25.
The race website doesn’t say anything about what kind of obstacles to expect, but from the photos, I’m pretty sure water and mud will be involved. And there’s a scary-looking photo of barbed wire.
For more information or to register, go to

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