The Fit List

The Fit List

Fall is my favorite season for many reasons, but one is that it is such great weather for running and there are so many races! Check out this list — lots of options for the next two weekends. Happy racing!

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 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 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 tonight and the 10K is on Saturday 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 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.

Tri the Du
This duathlon on Saturday 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 http://triktriclub.com.

Last Try Triathlon
This race is Sunday 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, 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 still register online through today and in person this weekend. 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. 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 www.bridgetobridgerun.org.

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

Weekend of Oct. 6-7:
Obstacle Mobstacle Dash
This 2-mile race is Saturday, Oct. 6, at Centennial Park. Mobs of four will negotiate a “fitness challenge course” that includes various obstacles and activities. In addition to fastest finishers, there are prizes for categories such as best dressed and best mob name.
There is also the ObMob Junior for kids ages 3 to 12. It includes a 1/2-mile kids obstacle race, followed by a morning of art projects and bicycle safety.
Registration closes Oct. 4. Click here for the Champaign Park District’s program guide and go to page 5 of the guide.

Wooly Worm 5K
This is a 5K and a family fun run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Camargo. The race benefits the Playtime Cooperative Nursery School. You can register on race day beginning at 6 a.m.
Here’s a link to the race flier. And here’s a link to online registration.

Run 4 Justice
This is a 5K run and walk on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Crystal Lake Park. It’s sponsored by Service and Justice Outreach of the Newman Center on the UI campus.
Here’s a link to the race flier.

Last Chance Tri
This race is the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 7, in Mattoon. It consists of a 275-yard pool swim, a 12-mile bike and a 3-mile run. There is race day registration.
Here’s a link for more information.

Mackinaw Valley Meet in the Middle Ride
This ride on Saturday, Oct. 6, is on the Mackinaw Valley Trail and it has two starting points, in Peoria and in Bloomington-Normal. The ride is approximately 18 miles one way from Peoria and 20 miles one way from Bloomington-Normal. Riders plan to meet for lunch in Mackinaw.
Here’s a link to the ride brochure.

Run to End Alzheimer’s 5K
This race is Saturday, Oct. 6, at Fairview Park in Decatur. Proceeds from the race benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter.
Here’s a link for more information. And here’s a link to the race flier.

Run the Woods
This is a 5K and an 8K race on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Lake Bloomington, followed by a pancake breakfast. The races benefit the Easter Seals and Timber Pointe Outdoor Center.
Here’s a link to the race flier.

Town and Gown 5K
This race is Saturday, Oct. 6, during Illinois State University’s homecoming weekend.
For more information, go to http://illinoisstatehomecoming.com/5k/. The race website has a link for online registration.

UIS Homecoming 5K
This is a 5K run and walk on Saturday, Oct. 6, in conjunction with homecoming at the University of Illinois-Springfield. Here’s a link for more information.

Wildcat Run
This is a 5K run and walk and a kids’ fun run on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Springfield Christian School. Click here for more information and to register.

Pumpkin Pie Ride
If there is pumpkin pie involved, it’s my kind of ride. This ride on Sunday, Oct. 7, is at Ottawa. You can choose from a mountain bike ride of either 21 or 32 miles along the I&M Canal Towpath, or road rides of 28, 42, 63 and 103 miles. The 21-mile ride on the towpath and the 28-mile road ride both go to Utica, which is having its Burgoo Festival.
Most importantly, there is pumpkin pie.
Here’s a link for more information and for registration.

Oct. 20:
Forest Glen Trail Run
This run is another couple of weeks ahead, on Saturday, Oct. 20, but if you want to do it, you need to register right away.
It includes 5-mile and 50K races on the Backpack Trail at Forest Glen, near Westville in Vermilion County. The course is very challenging, according to the race website, with 2,000 feet of elevation gain in the 5-mile loop that is the course for both race distances.
Here’s a link to the race website.

If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at jheckel@news-gazette.com.

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