The Fit List

The Fit List

Are you running in costume this weekend? I will be, at the Screaming Pumpkin relay tonight and Allerton on Sunday. Send me a photo of you running in costume and I’ll post it.
Here’s the list for this weekend and next:

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. (Find out more race history here.)
The race is Sunday 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 today and you can register at Body n Sole on Saturday 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 tonight 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

Mill Creek “Howl at the Moon” Extreme 10K Night Trail Run
More fun in the dark. This 10K is the evening of Saturday 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. 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 There are links on the right side of the home page for brochures for individuals and teams.

Clinton Education Foundation 5K
This race is Saturday 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 in Bloomington. Here’s a link to the race form.

Halloween Hustle 5K
This race is Saturday at Lincoln Park in Springfield. It benefits Helping Hands of Springfield, a homeless shelter.
Go to for more information or to register.

St. Mary’s Chili Crusade 5K
This race on Sunday afternoon 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.

Trick or Trot
This is a 5K run/walk and a fun run on Saturday in Neoga. There’s also a costume contest and games and face painting for kids.
Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of Nov. 3-4:
Rattlesnake Master
This is a 10K and 5K race on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Meadowbrook Park. The 5K runs around the park, and the 10K circles the park and also goes south into the Yankee Ridge neighborhood.
Here’s a link for more information.

Road Race for Animals
This race on Saturday, Nov. 4, is a 5K put on by Omega Tau Sigma, a professional veterinary fraternity. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Medical Clinic and A Pet’s Place, which is a student-run organization that cares for animals belonging to women staying in domestic violence shelters.
Here’s a website with more information.

Honduras Mission 5K
This is a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile kids’ fun run in Sullivan on Saturday, Nov. 3. The race benefits the First United Methodist Church of Sullivan’s Honduras mission.
Here’s a link for more information or to register.

Canal Connection
This is a 10K, point-to-point race along the I&M Canal Towpath on Sunday, Nov. 4. The race starts at LaSalle and ends at Utica, and there is bus transportation from Utica to the start line.
Here’s a link for more information and to register. Here’s the race brochure.

Run Hard. Breathe Easy.
This is a Colleges Against Cancer 5K on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the University of Illinois Arboretum. The proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
Click here for the race brochure.

Breathe Deep Central Illinois
This a 5K run and a 2-mile walk at Tipton Park in Bloomington on Saturday, Nov. 3. It benefits the LUNGevity Foundation, which funds research for the treatment of lung cancer.
The event includes a kids’ dash, entertainment, kids’ activities and an honor wall to display photos of loved ones fighting lung cancer.
Here’s a link for more information.

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