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The Fit List

Good luck to all who are racing at the Fisher Fair on Saturday morning or doing the Evergreen Lake Triathlon. Here’s your list of races, plus upcoming registration deadlines.

Weekend of July 13-14:
Fisher Fair 5K
This race is Saturday 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.
Here’s a link for information on the race.

Evergreen Lake Triathlon
This event on Saturday 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 closed yesterday. If spots are still available, you can register today 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 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. 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.

Wednesday, July 24:
The Sizzling Mile
This a a 1-mile race at the Sacred Heart-Griffin track in Springfield on Wednesday, July 24. You can choose a heat in which to run based on your expected finish time. Here’s a link for more information.

Friday, July 26:
Miracle Mile Under the Lights
And another chance to run a timed mile on the track. This one is Friday, July 26, at the St. Joseph-Ogden High School track. Registration is race night only. Heats will be split by gender and age. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For more information, see the Facebook page or email Mike Tankersley at

Weekend of July 27-28:
Route 66 Half Iron/Iron Abe/Stoneman Sprint triathlons
This will be my third year of participating in these events, and I really like them. I’ll be doing the Iron Abe, but I’m looking forward to seeing how the Half Iron racers like that event.
The triathlons are on Saturday, July 27, in Springfield. The Route 66 Half Iron triathlon is a new event this year, with half Ironman distances for each leg: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and a half marathon. The Iron Abe is an Olympic distance tri, with a .9-mile swim, a 24.8-mile bike ride and a 10K run. The Stoneman Sprint is a 500-yard swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run.
All the events have a relay competition as well as individual. It looks like you can register on race day for the Route 66 Half Iron and the Iron Abe, but Friday, July 26 is the last day for registration for the Stoneman Sprint.
For more information, go to and click on the tab with the race you are interested in.

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. The race will be televised on the Big Ten Network. For more information or to register, go to

Odd Fellows 5K/10K
These races are in Mt. Zion on Saturday, July 27. Here’s a link with information.

Run United 5K
This is a 5K and kids fun run on Saturday, July 27, in Springfield. It benefits the United Way of Central Illinois. Here’s a link for more information.

Upcoming registration deadlines:
Mini Tri
The Champaign Park District’s event is Saturday, Aug. 3. It consists of a 400-yard swim, a 6-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run. The Mini Tri is limited to 500 people, and the registration deadline is July 29. Register by July 17 if you want a shirt. Click here for more information.

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.

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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