The Fit List

The Fit List

Looks like we’ll have some great running weather this holiday weekend. Enjoy it!
Here’s the list of races for the next few weekends:

Weekend of May 25-27:
Memorial Day 5K
This is a Kennekuk Road Runners race on Memorial Day at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Danville. The proceeds benefit the Veterans Centered Care Initiative.
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 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. 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 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

Thursday, May 30:
Rhino Race Fun Run
This is a 5-mile trail run or 1/2-mile kids run at the Buffalo Trace trail at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet on Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. The race was organized by some fourth-grade students from Holy Cross School in Champaign to raise awareness of endangered species and raise money for The International Rhino Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.
There is no entry fee but donations are welcome. Wear your favorite animal shirt.
Here’s a link with more information.

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. Enter by May 30 to get the ag swag bag.
Click here for more information or to register online.

Dash for Susan 5K
This 5K run/walk is Saturday, June 1, in Chatham. It’s a fundraiser for the family of Susan Baird, to help with Susan’s medical expenses. The 9-year-old is being treated for embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer affecting the skeletal muscles.
For more information about Susan and the race, go to

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.

Weekend of June 8-9:
Lake Mingo Trail Run
This is a Kennekuk Road Runner race at Kennekuk Cove County Park on Saturday, June 8. It’s 7.1 miles on a hilly trail. If it’s been rainy before the race, there’s a good chance you’ll be going through some water.
Here’s a link for online registration and more information. You can register online through June 4. Prices go up after May 28. You can also register on race day.

Ogden Lions Club Bicycle Benefit Ride
This ride on Saturday, June 8, starts in Ogden. Riders can choose from 12-, 20-, 32- and 62-mile routes. The longer routes have a stop at Kickapoo State Park.
The ride benefits Camp Lions, a summer camp for young people with impaired vision. The Lions Club is collecting used eyeglasses for recycling.
Click here for more information and online registration.

Wheelin’ Around the Lake Spring Metric
This ride on Saturday, June 8, includes a 10-mile family route and 20-, 40- and 60-mile routes on three different 20-mile courses. The routes all begin and end at Comlara County Park in McLean County, near Hudson.
Here’s a link for more information. (Tip: Click on the actual picture of the race brochure rather than the words “Click here for large version,” or the race brochure will load sideways.)

Cutting Edge Half Classic
This is a half Ironman event on Sunday, June 9, at Lake Sara Beach in Effingham. You can do this race as an individual or as part of a two-person or three-person team.
Registration closes on June 6. Here’s a link for more information.

Ride United
This ride from Decatur on Sunday, June 9, offers routes of 10, 30, 45 or 62 miles. The ride benefits the United Way of Decatur and mid-Illinois.
Here’s the website for more information.

Power Up! 5k
This is a 5K run and a 2-mile walk on Saturday, June 8, in Gibson City. It benefits the Gibson City FCA Power Camp.
Here’s a link with the race form.

Honduras Mission 5K
This is a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile kids fun run on Saturday, June 8, in Sullivan. Race proceeds benefit the First United Methodist Church of Sullivan’s Honduras mission.
Here’s a link for more information and to register.

Old Glory Days 5K
This 5K run/walk is Saturday, June 8, in Bement. It’s part of Bement’s Old Glory Days Festival. Go to There’s an attachment with the registration form on the homepage.

Color Blaze 5K
I haven’t done one of these races yet, but I know they’re very popular. This one is on Saturday, June 8, in Springfield. You start the race with a clean white t-shirt and end it a big, colorful mess after you get “blazed” with different paint colors throughout the run.
This isn’t a timed race, but a fun run. The Color Blaze races all benefit a charity. The Springfield run benefits the Memorial Regional Burn Center.
Click here for more information.

Cruise Into Main Street 5K
This is a 5K race and a health expo on Saturday, June 8, in Lincoln. In addition to awards for the top runners, the race is giving away two prizes: a voucher for a cruise and a weeklong stay at Fitness Ridge Chicago, a Biggest Loser Resort.
Here’s a link for more information.

Zombie 5K
This is a non-competitive 5K run/walk on the evening of Saturday, June 8, in Decatur. Runners must try to avoid the zombies along the route. The race is sponsored by the Friends of the Decatur Public Library, and the race benefits that organization.
Here’s a link for more information.

St. Mary School Totally Tubular ‘80s 5K
This is a 5K run, a 5K walk and a 1-mile fun run/walk on Saturday, June 8, in Mattoon. There’s a costume contest as well.
Here’s the race website.

C.H.A.R.M.S 5K
This is a 5K race on Sunday, June 3, in Springfield. The race was organized by freshmen at Lanphier High School as a service learning project, and race proceeds will benefit the Autism Program at Hope Institute and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois.
Here’s a website for more information.

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