The Fit List

The Fit List

I’m riding on Saturday morning in the C-U Across the Prairie ride. See you on the roads if you’ll be out there too. Here’s your list of races for the next few weekends:

Weekend of Aug. 24-25:
C-U Across the Prairie
This is Prairie Cycle Club’s annual ride, and it’s on Saturday. 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. Here’s a link for more information.

Staci’s Country Miles
This is a 5K race and 1K kids run on Saturday 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 and Sunday 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 Saturday 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 in Clinton. It supports the Habitat for Humanity of DeWitt County. Click here for online registration.

Weekend of Aug. 31-Sept. 2:
Rat Race
My hometown race. This race in Arthur on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, includes 5K and 10K runs, a 5K recreational walk, a 1-mile fun run and a kids fun run. Run this race and get your free cheese!
Here’s a link to the website with more information, and here’s a link for online registration.

Great Illini Triathlon
This triathlon is Saturday, Aug. 31, at Lake Mattoon Beach at Neoga. It includes a half-Ironman distance tri and an Olympic distance tri. Those of you (like me) who entered one of the events last year when the tris were canceled due to weather are automatically entered in the same distance event this year, according to the website.
The half-Ironman is a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a half marathon. The Olympic distance tri is a 1.5K swim, a 24.8-mile bike ride and a 10K run.
I’m looking forward to this ... and crossing my fingers for good weather. Here’s a link for more information.

Imagine No Malaria 5K
This 5K is Saturday, Aug. 31, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. It benefits a joint effort by Quest United Methodist Church and Savoy United Methodist Church to raise money for the Imagine No Malaria campaign to eradicate the disease.
For more information on the race, go to

Illinois State Time Trial Championships
This is the first year the state time trial cycling championship has been held in Central Illinois. It will be Saturday, Aug. 31, on a course starting and ending at Unity West Elementary School in Tolono.
Here’s a link for online registration, which closes Aug. 28. USA Cycling license holders must pre-register. Only non-licensed riders can register on the day of the event.
For more information, go to and click on the “Races” tab at the top of the page. That will take you to a page with a link to the race flyer.
And look for more information on the time trials in my Starting Line column on Aug. 27.

Zoo Run Run
This is a 5K run on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Peoria Zoo in Glen Oak Park, Peoria. In addition to the 5K, there’s a 1/4-mile youth run. Click here to get to a page with a link to the race brochure.

Overdose Awareness Day 5K
This is a 5K race on Saturday, Aug. 31, in Mt. Zion. It is in memory of Tyler Young, who died from an overdose. Here’s a link with more information.

Weekend of Sept. 7-8:
Arcola Broom Corn Festival 5K and 10K
These races in Arcola are Saturday, Sept. 7. There’s also a 5K recreational walk. There’s chip timing for this race this year.
For more information, click here for the website. There’s a link to the race form.

Capitol City Century
This ride is in Springfield on Sunday, Sept. 8. It includes distance options of 12, 25, 40, 62 and 100 miles. There’s also a free, 8-mile Historic Ride on Saturday, Sept. 7, featuring many historical sites in Springfield.
Here’s the website for more information and registration.

AshleyCan 5K, 10K and Half Marathon
These races in Bourbonnais benefit the AshleyCan Pediatric Cancer Foundation. The 5K and 10K races are Saturday, Sept. 7, and the half marathon is Sunday, Sept. 8.
For more information or to register, go to

9/11 Heroes Run
This is a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run/walk on Sunday, Sept. 8, in Bloomington. It honors those serving in the military and emergency services as first responders and supports veterans and their families.
Here’s a link to the race website, and here’s a link to online registration.

Top of the Hill 5K
This race is in Mount Pulaski on Saturday, Sept. 7. There’s also a kids dash.
Here’s a link for online registration, which ends Sept. 3. You can also register on race day.

GiGi’s Playhouse 6K
This is a 6k run and walk in Kankakee on Saturday, Sept. 7. It’s a fundraiser for GiGi’s Playhouse, which provides therapuetic and educational programs to individuals with Down syndrome.
Here’s a website with more information.

IVS Half Marathon/Relay
This race is Sunday, Sept. 8, in Glen Oak Park in Peoria. You can run the half marathon as an individual or as part of a two-person relay team.
Click here for the online registration page with more information.

Run 4 R.A.
This is a 5K benefit run in Mattoon on Sunday, Sept. 8. Here’s a link for more information.

Upcoming registration deadlines:
Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour
I love this ride through the countryside around Arthur, where I grew up. The ride is Saturday, Sept. 14, and you can choose from routes of roughly 20, 42 or 60 miles. Prices increase after Saturday, so either get a form in the mail or register online.
Here’s the ride website, and here’s the online registration page.

Midnight Mayhem
This is a midnight trail run, approximately a 5K, at Jubilee State Park in Brimfield on Friday, Sept. 20. It’s the third in a series of three Midnight Mayhem runs, all in different parks. Participants are required to wear a headlamp.
Here’s a link for registration. Registration closes Friday, Sept. 6.

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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