There are lots of good events the next two weekends, and it looks like it will be fairly warm this weekend. So pick a race and go have fun.
Here’s the list:
Weekend of Oct. 20-21:
— Oktoberfest 5K and Punkin Run
This race is Saturday 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 and Sunday. The rides start in Ellettsville, Ind. In addition to the cycling, activities include live entertainment, a costume contest and a photo contest.
You can no longer register online, but there will be on-site registration.
For more information, go to http://www.hillyhundred.org/.
— Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
This walk is Saturday 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 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 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 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 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. Go here to sign up.
— Epiphany Pumpkin Dash
This is a 2-mile run/walk on Sunday 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.
Weekend of Oct. 26-28:
— Allerton Trail Run
This is one of the main races organized by Second Wind Running Club, and it’s a great one. It’s the 25th anniversary of the race this year.
The race is Sunday, Oct. 28, at Allerton Park. It’s a 5.7-mile trail run and 2-mile fun walk, followed by a brunch in the meadow with all kinds of yummy treats.
Because it is so close to Halloween, race organizers encourage runners to wear costumes, and there is a costume contest.
Here’s a link for more information about the race, and here’s one with info about registration, course maps and directions, among other things. There’s a link on that second page for online registration too.
You can register online through Oct. 26 and you can register at Body n Sole on Oct. 27 during packet pickup. There is no race day registration.
— Screaming Pumpkin
This will be my third year of running the marathon relay at this race. It’s a blast.
The race is Friday night, Oct. 26, at Glen Oak Park and Springdale Cemetery in Peoria. There is a marathon, marathon relay, 6.55-mile race and 2-mile walk.
This is a prediction race for the marathon and marathon relay. There’s no race clock and watches or cell phones aren’t allowed. The aim is to finish as close as possible to midnight without going past midnight. Participants can start any time after 6 p.m.
If you finish before midnight, you get a wand and a tiara. If you finish after midnight, you get a pumpkin.
The 6.55-mile run and the walk start at 6 p.m.
The course through the cemetery is very hilly and dark and spooky — perfect for the weekend before Halloween! This year, there won’t be any costumed actors scaring people along the course. They must have freaked somebody out last year.
The course has been lit with glow sticks in the past. This year it will be luminaries, but runners are encouraged to wear headlamps too.
Nearly everyone does this race in costume. This year, my team will be pirates — The Rum Runners. Aaargh, matey!
For more information, go to www.screamingpumpkinrace.com.
— Mill Creek “Howl at the Moon” Extreme 10K Night Trail Run
More fun in the dark. This 10K is the evening of Saturday, Oct. 27, on the ATV trails at Mill Creek Park, near Marshall (south of Paris, southeast of Charleston). A flashlight or headlamp is required, and you must bring your own. There’s a 1-mile spook walk — “for the timid.” There will also be awards for the best Halloween costume.
Here’s a link to the race flier.
— From Dusk to Dark 5K/3K Scream
This race in Normal starts at sunset on Saturday, Oct. 27. The course is lit with glow sticks and includes a portion of the Constitution Trail. There is a team competition and a Kids Scavenger/Challenge Sprint for kids 10 and under. The event is followed by a Halloween party.
The race is organized by the Mulberry School in Normal and benefits the school. For the race flier, go to www.mulberryschool.org. There are links on the right side of the home page for brochures for individuals and teams.
— Clinton Education Foundation 5K
This race is Sat., Oct. 27, at the Clinton Junior High School. There’s a 5K run/walk and a kids fun run. Race organizers encourage participants to wear costumes.
Here’s the race flier.
— Oktoberfest Run
This race is a 5K on Sunday, Oct. 28, in Bloomington. Here’s a link to the race form.
— Halloween Hustle 5K
This race is Saturday, Oct. 27, at Lincoln Park in Springfield. It benefits Helping Hands of Springfield, a homeless shelter.
Go to www.helpinghandsofspringfield.org for more information or to register.
— St. Mary’s Chili Crusade 5K
This race on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 28, is at St. Mary’s School in Bloomington. Race packets include a free admission to St. Mary’s Chili Cookoff on Saturday at the McLean County Fairgrounds.
Here’s a link for the race entry form.
If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at email@example.com.