The Fit List

The Fit List

It’s the Fourth of July edition of The Fit List. Holiday-related races start with the Kracker Klassic this weekend and continue through July 5.
Here’s your list of races, plus upcoming registration deadlines. Happy Fourth!

Weekend of June 29-30:
Gifford Community Celebration 5K
This race is on Saturday 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 are 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 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 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 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 this evening 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 Saturday night to Sunday morning in Chicago. It’s a 25-mile ride, starting at 1 a.m. Sunday morning at Buckingham Fountain (festivities start late Saturday night) 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 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. There is race day registration for this tri.

Multisport Extravaganza
This is a Peoria-area event this evening through Sunday, 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 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 this Saturday through Sunday, July 21, that Champaign Cycle is using to celebrate 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 in Bourbonnais. Here’s a link for online registration.

Wednesday, July 3:
Rockin the Runway
This 5K race is Wednesday evening, July 3, at the Rantoul National Aviation Center. There’s a 5K run and a 5K noncompetitive walk. The run is part of the All Area 5K Championship Circuit (see the entry for the Gifford Community Celebration 5K, above).
Runners and walkers get free entry to the Firecracker Classic and one guest pass. The Firecracker Classic includes inflatables and kids games, laser tag and live music, with fireworks later in the evening.
Click here to get to a page where you can download the registration form and the route.
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Thursday, July 4:
Freedom Celebration 5K
This Fourth of July race has been mercifully moved up from 11:05 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. — thank goodness, because last year it was beastly hot. Looks like it could be pretty pleasant this year. There’s a 5K run, a 5K walk and a youth run.
The parade time has been moved up as well, to 11:05 a.m. The proceeds from the race help support Fourth of July activities.
For more information, click here.

Staley Firecracker Road Run
This is a 4-mile or 8-mile race, or a 2-mile walk, on July 4 in Decatur. Click here for more information. There’s a link to the race form on the page.

Park to Park 5-Miler
This race on July 4 is one of the Lake Run Club’s races. It starts near Miller Park in Bloomington and goes to The Corncrib in Normal. You can park at The Corncrib and there is bus transportation to the start line and after the race as well.
Here’s a link for information about the race, and here’s a link for online registration.

Fourth of July Metric Century
If you’d like to spend your Fourth riding rather than running, there’s this ride near Joliet. Choose from distances of 30, 45 or 62 miles. The routes go through Kendall and Grundy counties, southwest of Plainfield.
Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Friday, July 5:
Tuscola Firecracker 5K
This race is on Friday evening, July 5, in Tuscola. It’s a 5K run and walk and a fun walk. The race kicks off Tuscola’s Sparks in the Park Fourth of July celebration, which is on Saturday.
Here’s a link to a page that includes the race registration form.

Weekend of July 6-7:
Rodney T. Miller Lakeside Triathlon
I did this tri several years ago and liked it. It is Sunday, July 7, in Decatur. There are both intermediate and short course distances. The intermediate course is a .75-mile swim, 19-mile bike and 4.5-mile run. The short course is a 400-yard swim, 19-mile bike and a 5K run.
There is also a kids race on Saturday, July 6. The triathlon course for 10- to 14-year-olds is a 250-yard swim, 3.4-mile bike and 1-mile run. There is a duathlon available for kids as well. The course for 5- to 8-year-olds is a half-mile run, a 1.5-mile bike and another half-mile run. The course for 9- to 14-year-olds is a 1-mile run, 3.4-mile bike and another 1-mile run.
The race is named for the late Rodney Miller, a collegiate swimmer, triathlete and Illinois State Trooper. The race proceeds go to a memorial fund to help support Decatur or Macon County children in sport-related programs or activities.
For more information, go to

Dog Days 5K
This 5K — another Lake Run Club event — is on the evening of Saturday, July 6, in Lake Bloomington. Enter by June 30 for a discounted entry fee.
Click here for more information. Or go here and click on the race entry form for this race in the list.

Scheels 5K
This 5K race is Saturday, July 6, in Springfield. There’s a 5K run/walk and a Kiddie Run, and the race benefits the Children’s Miracle Network and the Midtown Rotary Club of Springfield.
Here’s a link for more information and online registration.

Spring Lake Singletrack Classic
This is a mountain bike race on Sunday, July 7, at Spring Lake Park in Macomb that is part of the Illinois Homegrown Race Series Championship. The categories include juniors, novice, sport and expert, as well as a free kids race. There is race day registration.
Click here for online registration (there’s a link to the race flyer on this page), and here is a link for more information about the race series.

Weekend of July 13-14:
Fisher Fair 5K
This race is Saturday, July 13, at the fairgrounds in Fisher. The race organizers give away a lot of stuff in the goodie bags and as door prizes, and your race entry gets you free admission to the demolition derby at the fair on Saturday night. This race is the third one in the All Area 5K Championship Circuit (see the entry for the Gifford Community Celebration 5K, above).
Here’s a link for information on the race.

Evergreen Lake Triathlon
This event on Saturday, July 13, includes international and sprint distance triathlons at Evergreen Lake in Comlara County Park, near Hudson. The international tri is a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike ride and a 10K run. The sprint distance is a 500-meter swim, a 40K bike ride and a 5K run.
Online registration closes at 4 p.m. July 11. If spots are still available, you can register Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and on race morning. Here’s a link for more information.

Women’s Distance Festival
This is a women-only event on Saturday, July 13, in Springfield. There’s a 2-mile run and a kids fun run. The race benefits the Ronald McDonald House.
Here’s the race website for more information.

Ride Across Indiana (RAIN)
This annual, day-long ride across the state is Saturday, July 13. The ride is 160 miles between Terre Haute and Richmond, mostly along Historic U.S. 40, an older, divided four-lan road with light traffic, according to the web page. You can arrange for shuttle transportation either before or after the ride.
Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Tri-State Tour
This bike ride is offered Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, Aug. 4. It is an 85-mile ride, with a century option available. The ride starts in Hammond, Ind., and goes up Lake Michigan, through Chicago and the northern suburbs to Kenosha, Wis. The route is mostly on bike paths and trails, with some secondary roads.
The registration deadline for the July 13 ride is June 29, and the deadline for the Aug. 4 ride is July 28. Here’s a link for more information.

Upcoming registration deadlines:
BTN Big 10K
This is a 10K race and a 5K run/walk in Chicago on Saturday, July 27, followed by a FanFest and tailgate party. Runners will get a shirt in the colors of the Big Ten school of their choice, but you must register by July 1 to get the shirt. Also, this race sold out last year.
The race will be televised on the Big Ten Network. For more information or to register, go to

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 Freedom Celebration 5K in Champaign on July 4, 2012. Photo by Darrell Hoemann/The News-Gazette


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