The Fit List

The Fit List

It may be cold out, but there are still races going on. Here’s a look at the next month:

Blog PhotoWeekend of Jan. 5-6:
Siberian Express
I’ve got my spikes and my Smartwool socks and I’m ready to run on snowy trails. This race is Saturday at Kickapoo State Park near Oakwood. The race is a 7.45-mile trail run, and it’s one of Kennekuk Road Runners four big races. Do all four and you get a Grand Slam award.
You can register on race day, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Here’s a link to the race flier.

Weekend of Jan. 12-13:
Carle Resolution Run
Did you resolve to run or walk or just MOVE more in 2013? Here’s a chance to keep going on that resolution. Carle’s Resolution Run is Saturday, Jan. 13. It’s a 5K fun run and walk. Register by Jan. 7 to ensure you get a t-shirt.
Here’s a link for registration.

Weekend of Jan. 19-20:
Chilly Chili
This race is Saturday, Jan. 19, at Lake Bloomington. It’s a 4.5-mile race, followed by beer and chili. The prizes include those for best-dressed man and woman and least-dressed man and woman. And it’s one of the least expensive entry fees you’ll find — $8 if you pre-register or $10 on race day.
There’s a mail-in registration form on the Lake Run Club website. Click here and look for the entry form under the January 2013 list of races.

Triple D Winter Race
This event just sounds cool (pun intended). It’s Sunday, Jan. 20, in Dubuque, Iowa, and this winter endurance race includes 50K, marathon and half marathon distances for runners and cross country skiiers and a 100K ultra-marathon bike ride. The races are on a groomed trail on the Rails to Trails System. There’s also a bike poker tour.
I must do this race next year.
You must register by Jan. 15. For more information, go to

Weekend of Jan. 26-27:
Aon Step Up For Kids
If you really must get your exercise indoors, here’s an option. This event is an 80-floor climb to the top of the Aon Center (formerly the Standard Oil Building) in Chicago on Sunday, Jan. 27. The climb raises money to help support sick children and their families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Here’s a link for more information.

Frosty 5K
This is a 5K run and walk on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Peoria. The race benefits FamilyCore, an organization that provides child welfare, family education and counseling services.
Here’s a link to the website with more information, including a link to registration.

Weekend of Feb. 2-3:
Charleston Challenge Mid-Winter Classic
This event has 5K, 10K and 15K races on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Charleston. Here’s a link to the race website.

Winterfest 5K Run and Fitness Walk
This race is Sunday, Feb. 3, in Kankakee. A portion of the race proceeds will go to the Salvation Army, and runners/walkers are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food pantry.
Here’s a link to the race form.

Chi-Town Big Game 5/10K
These runs are on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, and they start and end in Soldier Field. Might as well run there. No one is playing football there anymore this season (so says the Packers fan!).
Runners are encouraged to wear the jersey of their favorite team for the run. The race benefits Homes 4 Heroes, which donates services to help make homes accessible for wounded veterans.
For more information, go to

If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at

Photo: Bundled up runners at the 2010 Siberian Express. Photo by Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette.


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