The Fit List

The Fit List

It’s marathon weekend! Looks like Saturday will be a great day for running.
I’ll be at the expo Friday morning, the 5K Friday evening and on the marathon course on Saturday. Give me a shoutout if you see me.
Good luck to all the runners. Here’s the list of what else is going on in the next few weekends.Blog Photo

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 tonight, with a little later start this year at 7:30 p.m. The 10K, half marathon, marathon and marathon relay are Saturday morning, and the youth run is Saturday afternoon.
Registration is closed for all races except the youth run. You can register for the youth run at the expo today or at Memorial Stadium Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Check the website under “Race Info” for more information about the youth run.
If you aren’t running, get out there and cheer on the runners! We appreciate it.
For more information, go to

Tour de Exchange
This is a bike ride in Charleston on Saturday. 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 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.

Weekend of May 4-5:
Tour de C-U
These bike races are the Tour de Champaign on Saturday, May 4, and the Illinois Cup Urbana Grand Prix on Sunday, May 5. Looks like Saturday races are in the University of Illinois Research Park and Sunday races in downtown Urbana.
Here’s a link for more information.

Lake Run
This race includes a 4.37-mile run, a 12K run and a 3-mile non-competitive walk on Saturday, May 4, at Lake Bloomington near Hudson.
Here’s a link to the race website for more information.

Joe Eveland Memorial Run
This is a 5K and 1-mile run on Saturday, May 4, in Mattoon. Joe Eveland died in a motorcycle accident in May 2012. The proceeds from the race go to a college fund for Mr. Eveland’s children.
Here’s a link for registration.

Spring Into Action 5K
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 4, in Broadlands, sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church. Here’s a link for registration.

Weekend of May 11-12:
Not Your Average Joe
This 5K and 5-mile race, sponsored by Human Kinetics, is Saturday, May 11. It replaces the Twin City Twosome race. The new name of the race is in honor of Joe Seeley — a Human Kinetics employee, runner and part of the organizational team of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon — who died from leukemia in October 2012.
The race has a new format which eliminates the former “twosome” relay competition, but it still benefits the Times Center, Center for Women in Transition and Crisis Nursery.
For more information, go to
Also on May 11 is the Champions 4 Children Walk, in conjunction with the Not Your Average Joe race. This event consists of a walk from the Champaign County Courthouse Plaza to Crystal Lake Park, where participants will complete one of the Not Your Average Joe races.
The Champions 4 Children event is to show support for the Champaign County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Here’s a link to register for the Champions 4 Children Walk.

Kirby Derby
This is a 5K and 10K run, a 5K walk and a free kids’ race on Saturday, May 11, at Forest Preserve Park in Monticello. Here’s a link to the website with more information.

Whitmore Park Spring Classic
This is a half marathon and 5-mile run on Saturday, May 11, at Whitmore Park in Decatur. The first 100 entrants get a pair of running shorts, and finishers get a coffee mug. Nice change from the usual t-shirt and finisher medal. The race is followed by a pancake and sausage breakfast.
Here’s a link to the race form.

Race for the Warriors 5K
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 11, at Danville Stadium. The event raises money to bring wounded veterans from VETSports to Danville to play a charity softball game against Danville police and firefighters.
Here’s a link for registration.

Fat Ass 5K
This is a 5K race and street party on Saturday, May 11, in Springfield. The race route has beer, ice cream, donut and corn dog stations, and live entertainment. The street party includes a pig roast and live band. All the proceeds from the race and party go to various charities.
For more information, go to

Grow and Go 5K
This is a 5K run/walk and a kids’ run on Saturday, May 11, in Bloomington. The race is sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau’s IAA Foundation and is held in conjunction with an open house there. The race is a fundraiser for the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program. And the race awards are tractors!
If you or a family member doesn’t run, you can still buy tickets for the breakfast and open house, which includes kids’ activities.
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

Photo: Runners at the start of the 2012 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Photo by Darrell Hoemann/The News-Gazette.


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