The Fit List

The Fit List

It’s been a while since I’ve done the Buffalo Trace Trail Run, and I’m looking forward to getting out there on Saturday. If anyone is running the new marathon in Peoria this weekend, I’d like to hear what you think of it.
Here’s the list for the next few weekends:

Weekend of May 18-19:
Buffalo Trace Trail Run
This 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. 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.

Run River City
This is a new marathon in Peoria on Sunday, 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 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.

Mulberry School Superhero Sprint
This is a 10K and a 5K race in Normal on Saturday 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 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 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 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 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 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

Weekend of June 1-2:
Countryside 10K
If you need more cowbell, this is your race. This 10K run and 2-mile walk is Saturday, June 1, in Sidney. It’s sponsored by the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation, and the proceeds support scholarships for local students studying agriculture.
The awards are cowbells, and Sidney Dairy Barn has ice cream sandwiches for a post-race treat.
Click here for more information or to register online.

Erin Hettinger-Lindelof 5K Run/Walk
This 5K is Saturday, June 1, in Tuscola. The race is named for the late Erin Hettinger-Lindelof, who had cystic fibrosis, and all the race proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
For more information, go to There’s a link for race information on the left side of the page.

Champion Chase 5K
This is a 5K race and children’s fun run on Sunday, June 2, in Bloomington. It benefits the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, and it is held in conjunction with a Children’s Miracle Network telethon.
For more information, go to

Toe the Line 5K
This 5K run/walk is on Saturday, June 1, in Forsyth. It’s a fundraiser to raise money for an adoption.
Here’s a link for more information.

Midnight Mayhem
This is a midnight trail run, approximately a 5K, at Black Partridge Park in Metamora on Friday, May 31. It’s the first of three Midnight Mayhem runs, all in different parks, with the other two in September and November. Participants are required to wear a headlamp.
Here’s a link for registration.

Glow Stick-It to Cancer
This is an evening race on Friday, May 31, in Sullivan. It’s a fundraiser for Relay For Life.
Here’s a link to the Facebook page for more information. Click on the cover photo and you’ll get a copy of the entry 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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