The Fit List

The Fit List

Today is Run@Work Day! I’ll be stuck in a car driving all day, but I hope you can find time to run, either before or after work, or during a break in your work day. In recent years, some of the workplaces in town where employees organized a run for Run@Work Day included Human Kinetics, Urbana Middle School and Great Harvest Bakery.
If you can’t run today, here are some races to consider for the weekend:

Weekend of Sept. 22-23:
Young Life Twilight Run
This run is Friday evening at the Tipton Trails in Bloomington. It includes a 10K run and a 5K run/walk. The race is at 6 p.m. You can register from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. at the race.
Here’s link to the race flier.

Charleston Challenge Duathlon
This duathlon is on Saturday in Charleston. It’s a 2-mile run, 19.2-mile bike ride and another 2-mile run. The runs are flat. The bike route is not.
There are also children’s races of various distances for the different age groups: 5 and under, 6 to 9 and 10 to 13.
There is race day registration from 7 to 8:30 a.m. For more information, go to and click on the icon on the home page for this race.

The Betsy Run
The Betsy Smith Memorial 5K Run/Walk is at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur on Saturday. The race benefits the Macon County CASA program and a children’s ministry in Marion, Ind., called ReaLife.
Online registration has closed, but you can register on race day. For more information, go to

Harvest of Talents Charity Bike Ride
This ride is Saturday in Chillicothe. There’s a 35-mile route and a 60-mile route, as well as a new 4-mile city route this year. All the proceeds from the ride go to International Disaster Emergency Service.
Here’s a link for more information.

Pumpkin Works 5K Trail Run
This is a new 5K trail run, a 1-mile fun run/walk and a 50-yard Pumpkin Dash for kids ages 6 and under. The races are on Sunday at the Pumpkin Works farm in Paris. The event benefits the Edgar County Relay for Life.
For more information, go to

McLean County Heart Walk and 5K Run
This walk and 5K run on Saturday in Bloomington is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Here’s a link with more information.

Trails and Tails Walk
This is a walk on Saturday at the Tipton Trails in Bloomington to benefit the Humane Society of Illinois. Here’s a link with more information.

Weekend of Sept. 29-30:
Wild Wild Wilderness
This 7.45-mile trail run at Kickapoo State Recreation Area is one of Kennekuk Road Runner’s main races for the year. The race is Sunday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m., followed by a post-race party.
I used to do this race regularly. I haven’t done it in many years, but it’s a good one, with a challenging trail.
Here’s a link for the race flier, and here’s a link for online registration.

We Care Twin Cities Half Marathon
This new half marathon is Saturday, Sept. 29, in Normal. In addition to the half marathon, there are also 10K and 5K runs and a 1/2-mile kids fun run. The 5K and kids run are on Friday night, Sept. 28, and the 10K is on Saturday, Sept. 29, along with the half marathon.
Race organizers are promoting this as a good race for a first-time half marathoner. They’ll have “Barnabas runners” in the last few miles to accompany anyone who needs some encouragement to finish.
Click here for more information about the race.

Prairie Pedal
This bike ride on Sunday, Sept. 30, in rural Macon County is a fundraiser for the Macon County Conservation Foundation. Choose from 20-, 42- or 60-mile routes.
Here’s a link with more information.

Can Do for Classrooms Walk/Run
This is a 5K run/walk and a 1K kids’ fun run in Tuscola on Saturday, Sept. 29. Can Do for Classrooms is an organization supporting the Tuscola school district.
Click here for more information or to register.

Odd Fellows Duathlon
This duathlon is in Mt. Zion on Saturday, Sept. 29. It involved a 2-mile run, a 13.1-mile bike ride and another 2-mile run. It’s the first year for the event, and there is no race day registration. If you want to participate, get your registration in the mail today.
Here’s a link for more information and here’s a link to the race form.

Tri the Du
This duathlon on Saturday, Sept. 29, is at Kankakee State Park. It’s a 3-mile run, a 14-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run. The race is limited to 300 participants. You can register on race day if the race is not yet full.
For more information, go to

Last Try Triathlon
This race is Sunday, Sept. 30, at Rend Lake near Benton. The short course is a 750-meter swim, a 21-mile bike ride and a 5K run. The long course is a 1.5K swim, a 42-mile bike ride and a 10K run.
You can register on race day.
Here’s a link for more information.

Boilerman Triathlon
This is where I’ll be on Sunday, Sept. 30, after my last tri got canceled due to Hurricane Isaac-related weather. This race in Lafayette, Ind., is hosted by Purdue University’s triathlon club. It’s an Olympic distance, with a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike ride and a 10K run.
You can register through Sept. 28. If you want to get in one more triathlon this season, come join me.
Here’s a link for more information.

Bridge to Bridge 4-Mile Run/Walk
Another new event, this one in Peoria on Sunday, Sept. 30. This four-miler crosses the Illinois River twice, over the Robert Michel Bridge and the Cedar Street Bridge, before finishing in the Peoria Chiefs Stadium.
For more information, go to

Zoo Run Run
Here’s another Peoria race, this one on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Peoria Zoo. It’s a 5K and 1/4-mile kids run.
Here’s a link to the race brochure.

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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