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The Fit List

Some good bike rides coming up, including the C-U Across the Prairie ride on Saturday morning. Lots of running too. Here’s the list:

Weekend of Aug. 25-26:
C-U Across the Prairie
The Prairie Cycle Club’s annual ride is Saturday 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 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 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 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. 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. 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. 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.
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

Weekend of Sept. 1-3:
Arthur Cheese Festival Rat Race
I never miss my hometown race. The races are on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. There’s a 10K race, a 5K race, a 5K recreational walk, a 1-mile fun run and a kiddie fun run. Come run, then score some free cheese.
Here’s a link for more information. There’s no online registration, but you can mail in a form or register on race day starting at 6 a.m.

Imagine No Malaria 5K
This race is Saturday, Sept. 1, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. There’s a 5K run, a 5K walk and a kids fun run. The race is sponsored by the Quest and Savoy United Methodist churches and it raises money to fight malaria.
For more information or to register, go to

Sweetcorn 5K Classic
This is a 5K race, a 1-mile fun run/walk and the Little Corn Eaters Run on Saturday, Sept. 1, in Hoopeston. It’s part of the National Sweetcorn Festival celebration.
Here’s a link to the race form.

Viking 5K Classic
This race in Monday, Sept. 3, at the Danville High School Athletic Complex. The race benefits Danville High School athletics.
Click here for more information or to get a race brochure. You can register on race day beginning at 6:45 a.m.

Great Illini Challenge
I’ll be doing this tri for the first time. If you’ve done it before, please fill me in on the course. (I’m hoping you’ll tell me the bike course is not too hilly!)
The triathlons are Saturday, Sept. 1, at Lake Mattoon at Neoga.
There are Olympic distance (that’s what I’m doing) and a half Ironman distance events. The Olympic is a 1.5K swim, 24.8-mile bike and 10K run. The half Iron is a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and half marathon.
There’s no age group awards, just awards to the first 100 crossing the finish line.
Here’s a link to the race website.

Tour de Delavan Bike Race
This is a 23-mile bike race in Delavan, on Saturday, Sept. 1. It’s part of the Delavan Fall Festival, and at $8 for pre-registered riders and $10 for those entering on the day of the event, it might be the least expensive bike race you can enter. There are categories for beginner/intermediate riders and advanced riders.
Here’s a link for the registration form.

Delavan Fall Festival 10K
Delavan is apparently the place to be this Labor Day weekend, because they also have a 10K associated with their fall festival. The 10K race is Monday, Sept. 3.
Here’s a link for more information.

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