The Fit List

The Fit List

Here’s an abbreviated version of The Fit List, with just this weekend’s races. (Busy week.) I’ll be at Shoreline in Decatur on Sunday. If you’re not already registered, it’s too late, but consider it for next year. It’s a good race.
Here’s this weekend’s races:

Weekend of Sept. 15-16:
Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour
I love this ride around my hometown area. I’m hoping I can get in at least the shorter distance in the morning. It’s Saturday and it’s organized by the Decatur Bicycle Club. There are distances of approximately 20, 42 and 60 miles.
For more information or to register, go to

Savoy Orchard Days 5K
This 5K on Saturday has an uphill finish. There’s also a youth 1K fun run. They are part of Savoy’s Orchard Days Festival.
Here’s a link for information on the course and for the registration form.

Masonic Charity Trail Run
This is the first year for this trail run at Homer Lake on Saturday. It’s a 4.25-mile run or walk through the woods and along the edges of Homer Lake. The run is sponsored by Ogden Masonic Lodge #754 and it benefits the Developmental Services Center.
This is a fun run — it will be timed, but there won’t be individual results provided. There will be door prizes and goodie bags for runners.
For more information, go to and click on the tab for the trail run at the top of the page.

C.A.R.E. & Genesis Run/Walk for the Animals
This race on Sunday is at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon. It benefits the County Animal Rescue and Education and Genesis Animal Rescue in Coles County. The event includes a 5K run, a 5K walk and a 1-mile doggie run/walk for people and dogs.
Here’s a link for more information and to register.

Evergreen Lake Ultra and Half Ultra
These races on Sunday are run on a loop around Evergreen Lake in Comlara County Park, near Hudson. They are approximately 31 and 15.5 miles long.
You can register online here. And here’s the website for more information. Click on “Course Map” and you’ll see not only the map, but photos of the trail. It looks like a nice one. It’s on my list of races to do in the future.

Fall Festival Race the Cross
This is a 10K, a 5K and a 1-mile fun run on Sunday in Mattoon. Teams with a certain number of races in the 5K or 10K races can receive raffle tickets and/or cash.
There is race day registration. Here’s a link for more information.

Royal Flush 5K and 10K Poker Run
This is a free event on Saturday in Mattoon. You must make a donation, though, to be eligible for the giveaways and post-race party. The run is to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Prizes will be given to the top five poker hands from cards collected on the course.
For more information or to register, go to

I Run Chicago
This is a new 5K and 8K run in Lincoln Park in Chicago on Sunday. It supports the University of Illinois I Fund, which provides scholarships and academic support services to UI athletes.
You can register as an individual or a team of five or more runners.
The event includes a post-race party at the Peggy Notebaert Museum, followed by a party at Joe’s Bar.
Click here for more information or to register. You can register on race day.

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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