The Fit List

The Fit List

Good luck to the CU Racing Team and anyone else running Steamboat this weekend in Peoria. (And look for a story on the racing team in Tuesday’s paper.)
Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of June 15-16:
Newman Freedom Festival 5K/Biathlon
This is a 5K run or a biathlon, consisting of a 5K run and a 15-mile bike ride, on Saturday in Newman. You can do the biathlon either as an individual or as part of a team.
For more information, go to

Railsplitter Triathlon and Stovepipe Sprint Triathlon
These events are Saturday at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site at Petersburg. The Railsplitter is an Olympic distance triathlon, with a .9-mile swim, a 24.8-mile bike ride and a 10K run. The Stovepipe Sprint is a 500-yard swim, 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run.
There is race day registration, although the races are capped at 300 participants.
For more information, go to and click on the race names in the toolbar at the top of the page.

River to Ridge Twilight Run
This is a 4.5-mile run this evening at 7:30 p.m. in Cerro Gordo. It’s part of the town’s Fat Hill Fest. The race starts at the Sangamon River and goes up a long gradual rise to finish near downtown.
You can’t park at the start. Buses will transport the runners to the start at 7:15 p.m.
Race forms are available at the Cerro Gordo Village Office, or you can call the following people for more information: Frankie Martin at 217-853-4148, Julia Hook 217-620-6948, Emily Dobson 217-201-7911 or Leigh Sharp 217-620-4835.

SPIFF 5K Fun Run/Walk
This fun run is Saturday in Casey. It is a fundraiser for Scott’s Pay-it-Forward Fund, created in honor of Scott Ellis, who died from cancer in 2009 at age 27. The money in the fund helps families with a loved one with a life-threatening illness.
Here’s a link for the race website. For more information about Scott’s Pay-it-Forward Fund, go to

Forsyth Family Fun 5K
This 5K run/walk is Saturday at Forsyth, part of its Family Fest Weekend. In addition to the 5K race, there’s a princess/superhero walk just prior to the race start and a separate start time for runners/walkers who want to do the 5K with their dogs.
For more information, click here and then click on the link for the registration form.

Adam Carter Memorial 5K
This is a 5K fun run/walk and a kids 1-mile run on Saturday in Decatur. The race is named for Adam Carter, who died of cancer at age 12, and it benefits some of his favorite charities, through the Adam Carter Memorial Fund.
Here’s a link for more information and to register.

Neighborhood Connection 5K
This race is this evening at the Springfield First Church of the Nazarene. The race is part of an annual event with food, music, a bake sale and games.
Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of June 22-23:
Pie Run
This is a 3.14-mile run (for pi — get it?) on Saturday, June 22, at 6 p.m. at West Side Park in Champaign.
The run is in conjunction with the Taste of C-U. There will be pie stops along the route and you can choose to finish in the “pie free” finish line (to remain clean) or the “flying pie” finish line (where you’ll get pelted with cream pie). Pie/Pi-themed costumes are encouraged.
This is a fun run, not a timed event. To register, click here.

Marilyn Davidson High Heel Dash
This is the second year for this benefit dash for the Tuscola school district. The dash — named for the late Marilyn Davidson, a former Tuscola school board member — is Saturday, June 22. and it’s just a couple of blocks through downtown Tuscola. Proceeds from the event will go toward buying computers for North Ward Middle School.
No tennis shoes allowed for anyone age 12 and older. There will be prizes for the best high heels for women, the best legs for men, the most creative shoes for kids and the best group representation.
If you want a shirt, you must register today. Here’s a link for more information and for registration.

Run for Kids Sake 5K
This is a 5K run/walk and a kids dash on Saturday, June 22, in Springfield. It is sponsored by the FBI Springfield Citizens Academy Alumni Association and it aims to raise awareness of child safety issues. The Kids Dash is 100 yards and the kids get to run with FBI agents.
You can find more information on the race’s Facebook page at

Country Run 5K
This is a 5K race, 1-mile walk and kids run in Lexington on Saturday, June 22. The walk and kids run are free.
Here’s a link for more information.

U Otter Run 5K Trail Race
This 5K is at Comlara County Park near Hudson on Saturday, June 22. You can register online through June 20 and you can register on race day.
Click here for more information. There’s a link for online registration.

Run to Rescue 5K
This race includes a 5K run and a 1-mile run/walk on Saturday, June 22, at Tipton Park in Bloomington. The race raises money for She is Safe, an organization to protect women and girls in high-risk places around the world from being abused or exploited.
For more information, go to

Jubilee Challenge
This is the fourth race in the Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association and Illinois State Homegrown Race Series. It’s Sunday, June 23, at Jubilee State Park in Brimfield, northwest of Peoria.
Here is information about the race series and here’s a link for registration.

Shamrock Race to the Cross
This is a 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run in Effingham on Saturday, June 22. It benefits the booster club at Sacred Heart School.
Here’s a link for online registration, which has more information.

Bethany Celebration 5K Run
This is a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run in Bethany on Saturday, June 22. Here’s a link for online registration.

Thursday, June 27:
CASA Light Up My Darkness
This is a 5K run/walk at sunset on Thursday, June 27, in Effingham. It’s a fundraiser for Effingham County’s CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) organization, which advocates for children in abuse and neglect cases.
There is food and live music following the race, and it is in conjunction with a barbecue championship event.
Go to to find the race brochure. And here’s a link to online registration.

Weekend of June 29-30:
Gifford Community Celebration 5K
This race is on Saturday, June 29, in Gifford, and it is the first of four races in the All Area 5K Championship Circuit. The Gifford race includes a 5K run/walk and a 1K kids fun run.
Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for a link to the race form and a link to 5K championship circuit information.
Participants in at least three of the four circuit races will be eligible for the championship awards, and champions will be determined by runners’ three fastest cumulative times. An award will be given to overall male and female runners, as well as age group awards. Those who want to participate in the race circuit must register by July 3 and pay a $5 fee (in addition to the entry fees for the individual races).
The other races in the All Area 5K Championship Circuit at Rantoul’s Rockin’ the Runway 5K on July 3; the Fisher Fair 5K on July 13; and the St. Joseph Community Festival 5K on Aug. 10.

Kracker Klassic 5K
This run/walk is Saturday, June 29, in Tolono, part of Tolono Fun Day. In addition to the 5K, there’s the Kiddie Klassic — choose from either a 1-mile fun run or a 1/4-mile run.
You can find more information at or you can get to the race brochure through Dropbox here.

The Shady Hollow Chase
This is a handicapped trail race on Saturday, June 29, at Comlara County Park near Hudson. The race is 5 miles and it will be handicapped with a start time assigned according to age, gender and the runners’ most recent 5K times.
Half the proceeds from the race will be donated to a charity of the winning runner’s choice. The other half will be donated to the Comlara County Park trail maintenance fund through McLean County Parks and Recreation.
Click here for more information and to register.

Pedaling for Kicks
This ride on Saturday, June 29, offers six distances, all starting from East White Oak Bible Church, northwest of Normal. There are 10- and 20-mile family routes, and rides of 25, 37, 44 and 63 miles.
For more information, go to

Main Street Mile
This 1-mile run is on the evening of Friday, June 28, in Peoria. Runners will race in heats based on time.
For more information, go to

The L.A.T.E. Ride
I did this ride once, a long time ago. I’m not so good with lack of sleep, but otherwise it was great. Pedaling along the lakeshore and watching the sunrise can’t be beat.
This ride is on Saturday night to Sunday morning, June 29-30, in Chicago. It’s a 25-mile ride, starting at 1 a.m. Sunday morning at Buckingham Fountain and going through a bunch of different neighborhoods and back to the lakeshore at sunrise.
There are awards for best costume, best decorated helmet, best decorated bike and best lit bike. The ride is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Parks.
For more information, go to

Lytle Park Triathlon
This is a sprint triathlon on Saturday, June 29, in Mattoon. The distances are: a 300-meter swim in the Lytle Park Pool; a 12.5-mile bike ride; and a 3-mile run.
Here’s a link for more information and registration. There is also race day registration for this tri.

Multisport Extravaganza
This is a Peoria-area event on Friday, June 28, through Sunday, June 30, with camping, hiking, mountain biking, paddling, orienteering, cycling, trail running and other activities to try out at Wildlife Prairie State Park at Hanna City, just west of Peoria. This sounds like my kind of weekend.
Here’s a link for more information.

Signs of Sunshine 5K
This is a 5K walk or run and a kids fun run on Saturday, June 29, in Normal. It is sponsored by Signs of Sunshine, a nonprofit organization supporting people suffering a serious illness or injury.
For more information, go to

Le Grand Tour de Champaign
This is a ride series from Saturday, June 29, through Sunday, July 21, sponsored by Champaign Cycle and celebrating the Tour de France. There are 14 recreational rides from Prairie Cycle Club, the Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club and Wild Card Racing.
If you complete five rides, you are entered in a prize drawing, and various levels of participation earn you discounts at Champaign Cycle.
Here’s a link for more information.

Bourbonnais Friendship Festival 5K
This is a 5K run and a 1.5-mile fitness walk on Saturday, June 29, in Bourbonnais. Here’s a link for online registration.

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