The Fit List

The Fit List

I’m looking forward to cheering on the ultrarunners at Howl at the Moon this weekend. Good luck in your races this weekend, whether you’re running for eight hours or running a 5K.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of Aug. 10-11:
This race in St. Joseph is Saturday. 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 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 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 has closed, but you can register on race day.

FLIP 5K Run/Walk
This race is in Findlay on Saturday. 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 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, 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, 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 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. Online registration closes Saturday morning, but you can also register the day of the event.

Weekend of Aug. 17-18:
Mahomet Half Marathon and 5K
These races are Saturday, Aug. 17, in Mahomet and they benefit the Mahomet Area Youth Club.
You can register online here through Aug. 14. You can also register on race day. For more information, go to

Danvers Days 5K
This 5K race is Sunday, Aug. 18, in Danvers, in conjunction with the Danvers Days festival. Click here and you’ll find a link to the race registration form.

Mt. Zion Pony Express 5K
This 5K race is Saturday, Aug. 17, in Mt. Zion. It’s part of the Pony Express Days festival. Click here to get to a page with the race registration form.

Race to Remember
This is a 5K race and a 1-mile fun run on Saturday, Aug. 17. The race is on the trails at Fox Ridge State Park in Charleston. Race proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Here’s a link for race info.

Abe’s Amble
This 10K is Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. You can register online only this year, through Aug. 15. Here’s the link.

Apple Dumpling 5K
This 5K run/walk is Saturday, Aug. 17, in Atwood. It is part of the Apple Dumpling festival, and race proceeds benefit the Atwood Everyday Needy Fund. Here’s a link to the race’s Facebook page. Click on the image at the top to get the registration form.

Run for the Fallen
This event on Saturday, Aug. 17, part of a series of national events to honor fallen soldiers. This event is at the Charleston High School Track, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants run or walk a mile for a soldier from Illinois who was killed in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
There is no fee to participate, but donations are being accepted for the Wounded Warrior Project.
For the registration form with more information, go to the Charleston Parks & Recreation website here. You’ll find a link to the form at the bottom of the page. For more information on the Run for the Fallen project, go to

Tour de Paws
This bike ride is Saturday, Aug. 17, in Decatur. There are rides of 25, 43 and 61 miles, as well as a family fun ride. The rides benefit the Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation and the Scovill Zoo. There’s a party afterward with family activities and canine demonstrations.
Here’s a link to a website with more information.

Kiwanis Fun Day Bike Ride
These rides are Saturday, Aug. 17, at Rend Lake in southern Illinois. There are 12-, 30-, 60- and 100-mile rides, and also a team competition for most team members and most team miles ridden. For more information, go to

Bike Psycho Century
These rides are on Sunday, Aug. 18, at Coal City. There are distances of 30, 50, 70, 100 and 124 miles along the Illinois River. For more information, click here for online registration and here for the ride website. Online registration closes at 11 p.m. Aug. 11, but you can register on the ride day.

Weekend of Aug. 24-25:
C-U Across the Prairie
This is Prairie Cycle Club’s annual ride, and it’s on Saturday, Aug. 24. I’ll FINALLY be able to do it this year for the first time! I’m looking forward to it. There is a 10-mile leisurely family ride, and routes of 29, 34 and 63 miles. The rides all depart from the pavilion at Crystal Lake in Urbana, and they coincide with the Urbana Sweet Corn Festival. Enter by Aug. 15 for a discounted registration fee. Here’s a link for more information.

Staci’s Country Miles
This is a 5K race and 1K kids run on Saturday, Aug. 24, in Royal. Race proceeds will be donated to the Royal Fun Day. Here’s a link to the Facebook page for the race, and here’s a link for online registration.

Kickapoo Fat Tire Festival
There are mountain biking events on Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, at Kickapoo State Park. There are various classes for the Sunday races, plus a free kids race. You can preregister online or register on race day. For more information, go to

No Baloney Ride
This ride starts in Morton and includes routes of 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles. For more information, go to

Habitat for Humanity of DeWitt County 5K Home Run
This 5K is Saturday, Aug. 24, in Clinton. It supports the Habitat for Humanity of DeWitt County. Click here for online registration.

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