The Fit List

Sounds like it will be a great weekend for running or riding or just being outside. If you’re looking for a race, here’s the list:

Weekend of Oct. 13-14:
Women’s Fitness 5K
This 5K run and walk is Sunday at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. The race benefits the Center for Women in Transition and the Crisis Nursery. In addition to the run and walk, there is a kids’ dash.
Racers are asked to donate an item to the Center for Women in Transition or the Crisis Nursery.
Here’s a link for the race brochure. And here’s a link for online registration.

Miles of Hope 5K
This is a 5K run and a 2-mile family walk at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve on Saturday. Proceeds from the race will support research for finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
For more information or to register, go to http://milesofhopetype1.blogspot.com/.

YWCA Race Against Racism
This race is a 5K run and walk on Saturday at Meadowbrook Park. Here’s a link to the race form, and here’s a link for online registration.

Kinesiology Student Association 5K
This 5K run/walk, sponsored by the University of Illinois Kinesiology Student Association, is Saturday. The theme this year is running with your best buddy, whether it’s a friend, family member or pet.
The proceeds from the race will go to local organizations, including the Champaign County Humane Society and the Crisis Nursery. The race organizers are also collecting old running shoes for underprivileged runners in Africa, and pet food for the Champaign County Humane Society.
Here’s a link to the race brochure.

Midwest Believers 5K
This is a 5K run and walk and a 1-mile fun run/walk on Saturday at Crystal Lake Park. It is sponsored by Midwest Believers Church to benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center.
Click here for more information.

Sand Creek Trail Run
This event includes 4- and 7-mile runs at the Sand Creek Conservation Area near Decatur on Saturday. Runners will be on a hiking and horse trail. Race proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Here’s a link to the race brochure.

Breast Cancer Awareness Ride
This ride on Saturday is sponsored by Champaign Cycle. It’s part of a series of rides at Trek retailers to raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All the registration fees are donated to that organization.
There are 12- and 25-mile rides, starting from Champaign Cycle, with refreshments and a raffle afterward. You can register at Champaign Cycle on Saturday.
For more information, go to www.champaigncycle.com. There is a link on the homepage for more information and for registration.

Cycling 4 Cancer Cures
This ride, also sponsored by Champaign Cycle, is Sunday. It is the Fritz Miericke Depot Ride, in honor of a late employee of Champaign Cycle, and the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer program.
There are 35-. 65- and 100-mile routes. The 35- and 100-mile routes start at Champaign Cycle, and the 65-mile route at the White Heath community Center. There is a pancake breakfast at the community center for riders of all the distances.
For more information, go to www.champaigncycle.com. There is a link on the homepage for more information and for registration.

Abe’s 5K Run and 1-Mile Memorial Walk
This race is Saturday at Abe’s Corn Maze in Springfield. The race benefits the IL COPS organization that aids the families of fallen police officers.
For more information or to register, click here.

Out of Darkness Community Walk
This is a walk at Washington Park in Springfield on Sunday to raise money for suicide prevention services. Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of Oct. 20-21:
Oktoberfest 5K and Punkin Run
This race is Saturday, Oct. 20, in Sullivan. It’s a 5K run/walk and a Punkin Run for kids 10 and under. The proceeds from the race will benefit the Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development.
For more information, go to http://sullivan-chamber.com/oktoberfest. There is a link for the race form along the right side of the home page.

Hilly Hundred
This is a ride I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’m not going to make it there this year, but maybe next year ...
This is a two-day ride on the hills of southern Indiana, on Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21. The rides start in Ellettsville, Ind. In addition to the cycling, activities include live entertainment, a costume contest and a photo contest.
For more information or to register, go to http://www.hillyhundred.org/.

Southern Illinois Fat Tire Fest
This mountain biking festival is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19-21. It is at Camp Ondessonk in Shawnee National Forest, near Ozark. The entry fee includes camping Friday and Saturday nights and all meals on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday and beers.
The event includes various group rides. There is also a 10-mile trail run in the area on Saturday. Participants will also be able to test ride demo bikes from Specialized Bikes.
For more information, go to http://www.bikesurgeon.com/ftf. Registration closes Wed., Oct. 17.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
This walk is Saturday, Oct. 20, at Crystal Lake Park. It is to raise money for breast cancer research. To sign up, go to www.makingstrideschampaign.com.

Heartland Harvest 5K
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Normal. Runners will go from the Heartland Community College campus to the Corn Crib. The race benefits the Heartland Community College Foundation scholarship program.
Here’s a link for more information.

Grove Elementary 5K Gator Run
This is a 5K run and a 1-mile run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Bloomington. The race is organized by the Grove Elementary PTO and proceeds will be used to buy books to support the literacy program.
Here’s a link to the race form.

Red Ribbon Run
This is a 5-mile run on Saturday, Oct. 20, on the Lost Bridge Trail in Springfield. Proceeds go to drug use prevention efforts.
Click here for more information.

Cross the Finish Line for a Cause
This is a 5K run and a 1-mile fun walk on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Decatur. The race benefits the Northeast Community Fund.
Click here to get to the race form.

Heritage Baptist Academy 5K
This is a 5K at Lytle Park in Mattoon on Saturday, Oct. 20. Go here to sign up.

Epiphany Pumpkin Dash
This is a 2-mile run/walk on Sunday, Oct. 21, on the cross country course of Epiphany Catholic School in Normal. There is also a kids fun run.
To get to the race brochure, go to www.epiphanyschools.org. There’s a link to the registration form at the very bottom of the page.

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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