It’s one of my favorite running weekends of the year — the River to River Relay in southern Illinois. Hills and more hills. Vans and more vans. Runners in tutus, Muppet costumes and fake butts (really). It’s awesome.
If you won’t be there, here are some other races to consider:
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 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.
Online registration for these races is closed, but you can register on race day if they aren’t filled.
For more information, go to www.triharderpromotions.com 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 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 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 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.
— CCHC 5K
This 5K run/walk is on Saturday 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 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 closed on April 15 for all races except the youth run, but the race organizers opened up registration for additional spots in the 5K, half marathon, marathon and marathon relay events. Registration will remain open until the spots are filled or through Sunday at midnight. Check the website under “Registration” for more information.
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 www.illinoismarathon.com.
— 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 Saturday, 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 email@example.com.