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The Fit List

Lots of good triathlons in July. I’m looking forward to one at the end of the month. There’s a couple nice ones in this week’s list too.
Here’s your list of races, plus upcoming registration deadlines.

Friday, July 5:
Tuscola Firecracker 5K
This race is this evening 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 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. 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 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 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 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.

Weekend of July 20-21:
Run for the Bagel
This race includes 10K and 5K runs, a 5K walk, and a 1-mile run (timed or not timed — you choose). They are on Saturday, July 20, in Mattoon.
I ran this for the first time last year and really liked it. Getting a 10K PR didn’t hurt.
Here’s a link for more information.

Fisherman’s Trail
This trail run is Saturday, July 20, at Comlara County Park near Hudson. The route had not been finalized when I looked at the web page, but it will be between 5 and 5.5 miles, all on trail. The race brochure says the trail is fairly technical — rocks, roots, water, etc.
The race benefits the El Paso and Bloomington-Normal St. Jude runs for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Click here for more information.

Daycation Museum Bicycle Series Ride #1
Champaign Cycle is bringing back its museum bike rides this summer. There are three rides to area museums, and this is the first. It’s on Saturday, July 20, and riders will visit the National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History in Sadorus.
Riders will get a map with suggested stopping points and options for making the rides longer. The ride is a self-guided tour, with riders going at their own paces. There’s no charge for the ride, but riders will have to pay the museum admission fees.
The other museum rides will go to the Museum of the Grand Prairie at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet on Aug. 10 and to the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul on Sept. 14. 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

Tri-State Tour
This bike ride is offered 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 is July 28. Here’s a link for more information.

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