The Fit List

The Fit List

I’m officially tapering now, in preparation for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. If you’re also in taper mode but still want to race, there are all kinds of 5Ks in the area this weekend. Here’s the list:

Weekend of April 13-14:
Illinois Veterans Memorial 5K Run/Walk
The inaugural Illini Veterans Memorial 5K Run/Walk is Saturday 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 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.
Here’s a link to the race form.

American Heart Association 5K
This race is on Saturday at Nelson Park in Decatur. Online registration is closed, but there is race day registration.
Here’s a link for more information.

Pounding the Pavement 5K/10K
These races are on Sunday 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 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 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 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. 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 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.

Weekend of April 26-28:
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
Really, if you live in C-U, could you be running anywhere but in one of these events this weekend?
Marathon weekend starts off with the 5K on Friday night, April 26, with a little later start this year at 7:30 p.m. The 10K, half marathon, marathon and marathon relay are Saturday morning, April 27, and the youth run is Saturday afternoon.
Registration closes on April 15 for all races except the youth run, so if you are thinking about running, register now!
If you aren’t running, please consider volunteering. The runners REALLY appreciate the folks who help the race go off safely and efficiently.
For more information, go to

Sullivan Civic Center Triathlon
This triathlon is Sunday, April 28, at the Sullivan Civic Center. It includes a 400-meter swim in an indoor pool, an 11.7-mile bike ride and a 5K run. This year the event will include a team competition. The race is limited to 300 participants. You can register online through April 20, but there is no race day registration.
Here’s a link for more information.

Tour de Exchange
This is a bike ride in Charleston on Saturday, April 27. There are 10-mile and 25-mile routes.
Click here for the website, which has links to the race brochure and the route map.

Junaia Carter M.D. 5K
This race is on Saturday, April 27, in Springfield. The race is sponsored by the SIU School of Medicine, and it benefits M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, which provides support services to homeless and low-income families.
Here’s a link to the race form.

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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