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The Fit List

I wish I didn’t have to choose between Kirby Derby and the Not Your Average Joe Race this weekend. I’ll be at Joe’s race. I’m sure both will have good crowds, so pick one and go run.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of May 11-12:
Not Your Average Joe
This 5K and 5-mile race, sponsored by Human Kinetics, is Saturday. 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 always a good race. There’s a 5K and 10K run, a 5K walk and a free kids’ race on Saturday at Forest Preserve Park in Monticello. This year race organizers plan to have entertainment along the course this year and people dressed in costume to run with the kids.
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 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 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 information. Online registration is closed but you can register on race day.

Fat Ass 5K
This is a 5K race and street party on Saturday 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 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.

Weekend of May 18-19:
Buffalo Trace Trail Run
TThhis is a 5-mile run and 2-mile non-competitive walk on grassy trails at the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet on Saturday, May 18. The trail is used for University of Illinois and high school cross country training and meets. It’s a lovely trail.
Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Run River City
This is a new marathon in Peoria on Sunday, May 19, as well as several other distances: a 5K, a 25K, a marathon relay and a kids mini marathon (kids run 25 miles during the weeks before race day, then run the last 1.2 miles of the marathon course).
For more information, go to

Race for all Paces
There’s a race for nearly every distance you might want to run, anyway. This event in Mattoon on Saturday, May 18, includes a half marathon, 10K, 10K relay, 5K run/walk, 1-mile fun run/walk and two distances for kids: a Toddler Trot (for ages 3 to 5) and a Diaper Dash (for kids 3 and under).
Here’s the web page for more information.

May Madness Sprint Triathlon
This tri is on Sunday, May 19, at Lake Sara Beach in Effingham. It’s a .25-mile swim, a 13-mile bike and a 5K run. Online registration closes on May 16.
Here’s a link for more information and to register.

Mulberry School Superhero Sprint
This is a 10K and a 5K race in Normal on Saturday, May 18, to benefit Mulberry School. Child care is available during the race for children ages 3 and up.
For more information or to register, go to There is information about the race on the homepage. Or click here for the race form.

Marfan Mad Dash
This race is a 5K run and a 1-mile walk on Sunday, May 19, at Tipton Park in Bloomington. The race benefits the National Marfan Foundation.
For more information or to register, go to

Wellness Center 5K
This race is a 5K on Saturday, May 18, at the DMH Wellness Center in Forsyth. Here’s a link to the race form.

Kankakee 20K Time Trial
This is an individual bike time trial on Sunday, May 19, in Kankakee. It’s part of American Bicycle Racing’s Mid America Time Trial Series. Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Lincoln Memorial Garden 8K Trail Run
This 8K run is on Saturday, May 18, in Springfield. The race is on dirt, mulch, limestone and paved roads at Lincoln Memorial Garden, Ostermeier Prairie Center and along Forest Ridge. There’s also a kids fun run.
Here’s a link for more information and to register.

Black Partridge Classic
This is part of the Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association and Illinois State Homegrown Race Series. It’s on Sunday, May 19, in Black Partridge Park in Metamora.
Here’s the race flyer and here’s a link for registration.

Weekend of May 25-27:
Memorial Day 5K
This is a Kennekuk Road Runners race on Memorial Day, May 27, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Danville. The proceeds benefit the Veterans Centered Care Initiative. It’s also the cheapest 5K you’ll find. Registration is just $5 until May 20, $15 after that.
Here’s a link for online registration.

Race to the Vineyard
This event includes 10K and 5K races and a 1-mile fun walk on Saturday, May 25, at the Long Creek Vineyard in Decatur. The race is a fundraiser for Junior Welfare Association programs, and your entry gets you a souvenir wine glass, a beer ticket and entry to a post-race party.
Click here for more information or to register.

Bike the Drive
Bicycle up and down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago — with no cars! This is Sunday, May 26. The route starts at Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive. The northern turnaround point is at Bryn Mar Avenue and the southern turnaround point is at 57th Street (at the Museum of Science and Industry). The round trip is 30 miles.
The road opens to bikes at 5:30 a.m. and organizers suggest starting no later than 7:30 a.m. No new riders will be allowed to enter the drive after 9:30 a.m., and Lake Shore Drive is open to bicycles only until 10:15 a.m. There’s a post-ride festival with food and music until noon.
The event benefits the Active Transportation Alliance.
For more information, go to

Soldier Field 10 Mile
This race is Saturday, May 25, so you can make a weekend of it in Chicago — run this race on Saturday, Bike the Drive on Sunday.
This race finishes on the 50-yard line of Soldier Field, and its part of the 2013 USATF Illinois Road Championship Series. There’s a tailgate party following the race.
For more information, go to

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