The Fit List

The Fit List

This is the weekend for the new Allerton Trails Half Marathon and 10K. If you’re running one of those races, I’ll see you at the finish line, where I’m volunteering. And if you’re looking for a race in the upcoming weekends, here are a few suggestions:

Weekend of April 6-7:
Allerton Trails Half Marathon and 10K Race
This inaugural race at Robert Allerton Park near Monticello is Saturday. The half marathon will include trails on both sides of the Sangamon River and cross the newly-restored bridge over the river. Race proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The half marathon course has been altered somewhat, to avoid low-lying areas next to the river that are flooded. It will now include some pavement in addition to the trails.
This race is also part of the new “Triple Crown” race series that will also include the Kirby Derby on May 11 and the Allerton Trail Run in late October.
There is limited race day registration. For more information, go to or the race’s Facebook page at

Run Wild For Wildlife
This run at Homer Lake on Sunday supports the Wildlife Medical Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. There are two race distances, a 6K and a 10-mile course, and both are mostly on trails.
Raptors from the medical clinic will be the course marshals at the race, and the medals for age group winners will feature footprints from the clinic’s avian patients.
Here’s a link for more information.

Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
Run through Lincoln history and get a giant penny finisher medal in this race on Saturday in Springfield.
The race starts at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and goes past Lincoln’s home, the site of his law office, the Old State Capitol and through Oak Ridge Cemetery, where he is buried.
There is registration tonight at packet pickup at Prairie Heart Institute and on race day.
For more information, go to

Illini Mentor Program 5K
This race is Saturday and includes a run and a fun walk. It starts on the University of Illinois Quad. The Illini Mentor Program is a mentoring program for children at the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club and at Prairie Elementary School in Urbana.
Here’s a link for more information.

HIV/AIDS Walk and Run
This 5K walk and run is Sunday at the University of Illinois Arboretum. It is a fundraiser for the Greater Community AIDS Project of East Central Illinois.
Here’s a link for more information.

Lake Sara Dam Run
This is an 8-mile run and a 5K run/walk on Saturday at Lake Sara in Effingham. The races benefit the Special Olympics Illinois.
For more information or to register, go to

Westside 5K Run/Walk
This race is Sunday in Bloomington. Here’s a link to the website.

Weekend of April 13-14:
Illinois Veterans Memorial 5K Run/Walk
The inaugural Illini Veterans Memorial 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, April 13 at the University of Illinois Arboretum. This race will support the planned Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the UI. The center is to provide comprehensive services for veterans with disabilities at the UI.
For more information about the race or to register, go to

4-H Kids Helping Kids 5K
This 5K run/walk is on Saturday, April 13, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. It is sponsored by the Champaign County 4-H Federation and the proceeds will help pay for camp fees, travel opportunities and sports equipment for young people in Champaign County who otherwise couldn’t afford them.
The registration fee for the race increases on April 5. Here’s a link to the race form.

American Heart Association 5K
This race is on Saturday, April 13, at Nelson Park in Decatur. The deadline for online registration is April 9, but there is also race day registration.
Here’s a link for more information and online registration.

Pounding the Pavement 5K/10K
These races are on Sunday, April 14, on the Illinois State University campus in Normal. The event is sponsored by the ISU chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Here’s a link for more information.

5K Run for Runaways
This race is on Sunday, April 14, at Tipton Park in Bloomington. It is sponsored by Illinois State University’s Red Tassel Mortar Board National Honor Society, and it benefits Project Oz, an organization that provides services to homeless and runaway youth. There’s a list of items needed by Project Oz on the race website. Donating an item will get you a free 50/50 raffle ticket.
Click here for more information.

Tulip 5K for a Cure
This race is on Sunday, April 14, at the White Oak Trail in Bloomington. Proceeds from the race will be donated toward finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. Click here for a copy of the race form.

I Run Chicago
This race is Sunday, April 14, at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park in Chicago. It’s a fundraiser for the UI’s I Fund, which provides scholarships and academic support services to UI athletes. The race includes 5K and 8K distances.
Here’s a link for more information.

Run with a Mission
This is a 5K run/walk in Springfield on Saturday, April 13. There’s also a kids’ fun run. The race proceeds will go to help build a dormitory at Lake Springfield Christian Assembly.
Here’s a link to the race form.

Weekend of April 20-21:
Abe’s Mini Triathlon and Pioneer Sprint
Get your tri season off to an early start with one of these two tris are on Saturday, April 20, in Petersburg. The swims for both are in a heated indoor pool at PORTA High School. Abe’s Mini — aimed at novice triathletes — is a 100-yard swim, 5-mile bike and 1-mile run. The Pioneer Sprint is a 300-yard swim, a 13-mile bike and a 5K run.
For more information, go to and click on the tabs for these races. And here’s a link to the race form.

Hercules Challenge
This is a 5K race and 1-mile fun run on Saturday, April 20, in Mt. Zion. The race benefits the Mt. Zion Elementary Schools. There’s a pancake and sausage breakfast after the race.
Click here for the race form.

CCHS Saints Alive 5K
This race is Sunday, April 21, in Bloomington, at Central Catholic High School. Here’s a link to the registration form.

Taking Steps to End Child Abuse 5K
This is a 5K run and 1-mile walk on Sunday, April 21, at Tipton Park in Bloomington. The race supports the Family Visitation Center of The Children’s Foundation of Children’s Home + Aid.
Here’s a link for more information and to register.

This 5K run/walk is on Saturday, April 20, in Springfield. It’s sponsored by Central Counties Health Centers, which provides medical and dental care to underserved and uninsured residents.
Click here to go to the race website for more information.

Girls on the Run 5K
This non-competitive 5K run is Saturday, April 20, in Charleston. It’s the culmination of a 10-week Girls on the Run East Central Illinois program, which aims to encourage healthy lifestyles and help girls make positive decisions and avoid risky behaviors.
Here’s the link for registration.

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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