The Fit List

The Fit List

Have a good weekend running or riding or whatever activity you choose. I’ll be doing a little of both, with some swimming thrown in too. And here’s your list of races.

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 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 at Comlara County Park near Hudson. The web page did not have a finalized route, but it said the run 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 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 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.

Miles of Smiles
This bike ride is on Saturday, July 27, and includes rides of 29, 69 and 103 miles. The rides start in Downs, and they are a fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Go to for more information.

Weekend of Aug. 3-4:
Mini Tri
The Champaign Park District’s event is Saturday, Aug. 3. This is a great family event and entry-level tri that always attracts lots of people, from little kids to old folks. 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. Click here for more information.

Run 4 Raley
This 5K run and 1-mile walk is Saturday, Aug. 3, in Philo. There is also a 1/4-mile kids fun run. The race is named for Raley Lynn Kirby, who died from mitochondrial disease as an infant, and the race raises money for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.
For more information, go to Here’s another link for information and online registration.

Villa Grove Ag Days 5K
This 5K run/walk is on Saturday, Aug. 3. Here’s a link where you can download an entry form.

Tom Short 5K Trail Run
This run is Saturday, Aug. 3, on the General Dacey Trail, which has an oil-and-chip surface, in Shelbyville. In addition to the 5K, there’s a 1-mile fun run/walk. There is a team competition for five-person teams. There is also a free post-race swim party at the Shelbyville Aquatic Center.
Click here for the race website and here for online registration.

Two Rivers Century Ride
This ride on Sunday, Aug. 4, has six distances to choose from — of 22, 47, 62, 80, 100 and 124 miles — and six different loops to ride, depending on how far you want to go. The rides start in Kankakee, and portions of the routes go along the Kankakee and Illinois rivers.
For more information, 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.

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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