The Fit List

The Fit List

Good luck to those of you heading to Charleston this weekend for the Mid-Winter Classic. Here’s a list of races for the month:

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

DRC Hour Run Challenge
This is a free Decatur Running Club event on Saturday at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center. The running club has rented the track at the sports center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it is open to anyone who wants to see how many laps he or she can run or walk in an hour. (Decatur Running Club membership is not required.)
Participants must bring a lap counter.
You can register in person from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Runners/walkers may purchase a buffet brunch as well.
Click here for more information.

Winterfest 5K Run and Fitness Walk
This race is Sunday 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, and they start and end in Soldier Field. 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

Weekend of Feb. 9-10:
Go Red for Women Red Dress Dash
This is a half mile run in downtown Bloomington on Saturday, Feb. 9. It’s free and its aim is to draw attention to heart disease during American Heart Month. Runners are encouraged to wear a red dress or costume.
I know some runners who have the appropriate attire.
Here’s a link for more information.

2 Miles to MILES
This is a 5K run and a 2K run on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the YMCA in Decatur. This race was rescheduled from New Year’s Eve. Race proceeds benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.
Here’s a link to the race brochure (which still has the Dec. 31 date on it).

Weekend of Feb. 16-17:
Fight for Air Climb
This is a climb up the 32 floors of the Springfield Hilton on Saturday, Feb. 16. The event is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association in Illinois, and there is a $100 minimum fundraising requirement for individual climbers.
You can also climb the tower as part of a team. There are five categores for teams: corporate, firefighter full gear, firefighter competitive, police, and family and friends.
In addition to the 32-floor climb, there is an “ulimate climb” in which participants climb to the top of the Hilton as many times as they can in an hour. This climb is closed, as it has already reached its limit of 50 participants.
Here’s a link for more information about the climb.
And if you go, you may see one of the best tower runners in the world, who just happens to live in Springfield.

Bobcat Running 5K
This is a 5K run/walk and a kids dash on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Rossville Grade School. Proceeds from the race go to the Rossville Junior High track and cross country programs.
For more information or to register, click here.

Weekend of Feb. 23-24:
Illini Chill Bike Ride
I’ve always thought this would be a good ride to do (if it’s not bitterly cold or icy). This year is my year (as long as it’s not bitterly cold or icy).
The ride, on Saturday, Feb. 23, is an approximately 22-mile bike ride from St. Joseph to Homer Lake and back, with an option of doing an extra 20-mile loop. It starts from St. Joseph Middle School. Riders can get a lumberjack breakfast before riding. There’s a hot chocolate stop at Homer Lake and a spaghetti lunch following the ride.
Here’s a link for more information, with a link to the registration form. Register today if you want the t-shirt.

Bushwacker Cyclocross
This cyclocross event is Sunday, Feb. 24, in Peoria. The categories are: beginner, women’s, men’s advanced and open. The first race is at 10 a.m. You can register on race day beginning at 9 a.m.
Here’s a link 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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