The Fit List

The Fit List

I’m looking forward to the time change this weekend, so we have a little more light for morning runs.
Good luck to everyone running the Monumental Marathon and Half Marathon in Indianapolis this weekend. Lots of local runners heading east for that race. Special shoutout to my friend, John M., who is running his first marathon. Good luck, John!
Here’s the list for other races this weekend and next:

Weekend of Nov. 3-4:
Rattlesnake Master
This is a 10K and 5K race on Sunday 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 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. 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. 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.

This is a food drive on bikes. The event is organized by The Bike Project, and it’s Sunday. Registration begins at noon and the ride begins at 1 p.m. Riders bike to various grocery stores in Champaign, Urbana and Savoy and buy food to donate to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
Click here for more information.

Run Hard. Breathe Easy.
This is a Colleges Against Cancer 5K on Sunday 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. 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.

Weekend of Nov. 10-11:
Schumacher Shuffle
This is a 5K run/walk and a 1K kids fun run on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Philo. The race is organized by St. Thomas Catholic School and it is in honor of John Schumacher, a longtime coach and athletic director at the school. The proceeds benefit the school.
Click here for the information on the school’s website (there’s a link for online registration), and here’s a link to the race brochure.

Jingle Bell Run
It’s that time of year. The first area Jingle Bell Run is Sunday, Nov. 11, at Heartland Community College in Normal.
There’s a 5K run/walk (you have the option of foregoing the chip timing and running or walking a non-competitive race), a 1-mile walk, a kids fun run and a Santa Sprint for kids 5 and under. There’s also a costume contest.
Here’s a link for more information.

MTZ Gettin’ on Track 5K
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Mt. Zion High School. The race benefits the Mt. Zion track and cross country programs.
Here’s a link for more information, and here’s a link to the race brochure.

Chicago’s Perfect 10
This event on Saturday, Nov. 10, includes a 10-mile run, a 10K and a 1/4-mile kids run. The races start and finish at Navy Pier and go south along the lakefront. You can register online through midnight Wednesday. There is also race day registration.
For more information, go to

Girls on the Run of Central Illinois 5K
This is a non-competitive 5K run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Washington Park in Springfield. It is the culmination of a Girls on the Run program that teaches self-respect and healthy lifestyle choices to girls 8 to 13. The event is open to anyone.
Click here for more information.

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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