The Fit List

The Fit List

It’s almost mid-November and the forecast is for around 70 degrees on Saturday. Not too bad! Better get in a run in shorts while you still can.
Here’s the list of upcoming races:

Weekend of Nov. 10-11:
Schumacher Shuffle
This is a 5K run/walk and a 1K kids fun run on Saturday 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 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 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 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. There is 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 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.

Girls on the Run Fall 5K
Another Girls on the Run event, this one in Mattoon on Saturday. Same as with the event in Springfield, this is a non-competitive 5K run/walk to benefit the Girls on the Run East Central Illinois program. You can register on Saturday for the run/walk.
Here’s a link to the website for more information.

Weekend of Nov. 17-18:
Run for the Library
This 5K run is on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet. It benefits Mahomet Public Library programs and a Mahomet Rotary Club project to put a shelter at the Buffalo Trace trails at Lake of the Woods (which are very nice running trails, by the way).
For more information or for a link to register, go to

Abe’s Trail Trek
This is an inaugural race on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the New Salem State Historic Site at Petersburg. It includes a 5K fun run/walk and 10K and 15K trail runs that the organizers say are some of the toughest in the area. I would definitely be doing the 15K if circumstances were different that weekend. Next year. The post-race soup, chili, hot drinks and bonfire sound very appealing!
The proceeds from the race will help maintain the historic site.
For more information, go to

Mattoon Santa Chase
This is a half marathon and a 5K run on Saturday, Nov. 17, in Mattoon. It is organized by the Mattoon Youth Wrestling Club.
Here’s a link for more information. Click on the Santa Chase link under the Main Menu on the left side of the page.

Turkey Trot
This trot includes a 5K run, a 10K run and a 5K recreational walk in Fairview Park in Decatur on Saturday, Nov. 17.
I’m not sure if this is the same race I ran in high school, but if so it was the first time I’d encountered hills, other than an interstate overpass, on a run. Not one of my more impressive performances. I did win a turkey though.
Here’s a link for more information, and here’s the race brochure.

Jingle Bell Run
Springfield’s Jingle Bell Run for the Arthritis Foundation is Saturday, Nov. 17, at Lincoln Land Community College. There’s the option of a competitive and non-competitive 5K.
Go to this website for more details.

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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