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I’d love to be running the mile in St. Joe tonight — sounds like a lot of fun — but I’m headed to Springfield to hang with Abe. If you’re doing one of the triathlons over there on Saturday, be sure to say hi.
If you’re not, head out to St. Joe tonight and see how fast you can go for a mile. It’s for a good cause — the entry fee goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Here are upcoming races for the next few weekends.

Friday, Aug. 26:
Miracle Mile Under the Lights
Want to run a timed mile on the track? This mile run is tonight at the St. Joseph-Ogden High School track. Registration starts at 7 p.m. The races start at 8 p.m. 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 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 today 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.

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

Run United 5K
This is a 5K and kids fun run on Saturday 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 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 Monday. 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. Online registration is closed, but you can register on race day.

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.

Monticello Alumni and Friends Cross Country Meet
This is a cross country run at Lodge Park in Monticello on Saturday, Aug. 3. The run is free but donations are accepted to support Monticello’s cross country teams. Here’s a link for 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 Sunday. Here’s a link for more information.

Thursday, Aug. 8:
Illinois State Fair Parade Run
This is a 2-mile race on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on the opening night of the Illinois State Fair. Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Weekend of Aug. 10-11:
This race in St. Joseph is Saturday, Aug. 10. There’s a 5K run/walk and a 1K kids fun run. This is the final race in the All Area 5K Championship Circuit.
The race is a fundraiser for the St. Joseph Middle School and St. Joseph-Ogden High School cross country and track programs. For more information, go to

Evergreen Lake 5K
This race is Saturday, Aug. 10, at Comlara County Park near Hudson. In addtion to a 5K run and walk, there’s a 1/4-mile fun run for kids. The race benefits the Miracle League of Central Illinois and McLean County Parks & Recreation.
Here’s a link for more information.

Mid August Meltdown
This triathlon is Sunday, Aug. 11, at Lake Sara Beach in Effingham. There are both spring and Olympic distances. The sprint is a 400-meter swim, 13-mile bike ride and 5K run. The Olympic distance is a .9-mile swim, 24-mile bike ride and 10K run.
Here’s a link to the race website. Online registration closes at 6 p.m. Aug. 8, but you can register on race day.

FLIP 5K Run/Walk
This race is in Findlay on Saturday, Aug. 10. Click here for more information.

Momence Lions Glad Run
This race includes a 5K, a 10K, a 5K Team Challenge and a 5K competitive walk. It’s Saturday, Aug. 10, in Momence, in conjunction with the Momence Gladiolus Festival. The team challenge consists of teams of five to seven people, with the top five runners’ times being counted toward the overall team time.
Go to the Momence Lions Club website at to download a registration form.

Daycation Museum Bicycle Series Ride #2
This is the second of three museum bike rides sponsored by Champaign Cycle this summer. It’s on Saturday, Aug. 10, and it’s a ride to the Museum of the Grand Prairie at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet.
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, and admission to the Museum of the Grand Prairie is free.
The third museum rides will go to the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul on Sept. 14. Here’s a link for more information.

Cruisin’ the Cornfields
This bicycle ride is Saturday, Aug. 10, and it is sponsored by Sullivan Area Arts. There are rides of 16 and 41 miles. The rides go from Wyman Park in Sullivan to the Okaw Valley Orchard. The ride benefits Sullivan Area Arts programs.
Go to for a link to online registration and the ride brochure, or click here for online registration.

Wildlife Wild
This mountain bike race on Sunday, Aug. 11, is one of the races in the Illinois Homegrown Race Series Championship. It’s sponsored by the Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association and it’s at Wildlife Prairie State Park in Hanna City, west of Peoria. Here is information about the race series and here’s a link for registration.

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