The Fit List

The Fit List

Win a broom in Arcola’s race or ride in past historic sites in Springfield. Here’s your list of activities for the next couple of weekends:

Weekend of Sept. 7-8:
Arcola Broom Corn Festival 5K and 10K
These races in Arcola are Saturday. 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. It includes distance options of 12, 25, 40, 62 and 100 miles. There’s also a free, 8-mile Historic Ride on Saturday, featuring many historical sites in Springfield.
Here’s the website for more information and registration.

Mud Sweat and Gears
This is an off-road cycling race on Sunday at Comlara County Park near Hudson. It’s another in the Illinois Homegrown Race Series Championship. Here is information about the race series and here’s a link for registration.

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

9/11 Heroes Run
This is a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run/walk on Sunday 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. There’s also a kids dash.
Here’s a link for more information. Online registration is closed but you can register on race day.

GiGi’s Playhouse 6K
This is a 6k run and walk in Kankakee on Saturday. 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 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. Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of Sept. 14-15:
Shoreline Classic
This race, and the following ride, make this weekend one of my favorite weekends in the fall. Shoreline is Sunday, Sept. 15, and includes 15K and 5K races and a tot trot. This year there is no race day registration for the 15K and 5K, and online registration closes Sept. 8, so get signed up.
For more information or to register, go to www.shorelineclassic.com.

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.
Here’s the ride website, and here’s the online registration page.

Evergreen Lake Ultras
This event includes three races on Sunday, Sept. 15, at Comlara County Park near Hudson. There’s the 44-mile Evergreen Lake Ultra and a Half (starting at 4:30 a.m.!!); the 32-mile Evergreen Lake Ultra; and the 16-mile Evergreen Lake Half Ultra.
Here’s a link to the event website and here’s a link for online registration. If you want to do one of these races, register quickly. It closes at midnight Saturday.

Masonic Charity Trail Run
This is a 4.25-mile noncompetitive fun run on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Homer Lake. The race benefits the Crisis Nursery. Online registration is closed but there is race day registration.
Click here for the race website.

Fall Festival Race the Cross
This race includes a 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run on Sunday, Sept. 15, in Mattoon. There are team awards, in addition to individual awards, for the 10K and 5K. The races are part of the Knights of Columbus Fall Festival.
Here’s a link for more information.

Clark-Lindsey 5K Run/Walk for Lifelong Wellness
This is a fun run/walk on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Clark-Lindsey Village in Urbana. The theme of the race is “superheroes” and awards will be given for the best superhero costumes.
Here’s a link to the event’s Facebook page with more information.

2 Mile Tune-Up
You don’t see many (any?) 2-mile races. This one is in Lincoln on Saturday, Sept. 14. Here’s the registration site.

Bloomington-Normal Race for the Cure
This 5K race is Saturday, Sept. 14, in Bloomington. It’s part of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series to raise money for breast cancer education, screening and treatment. Here’s a link with more information on the event.

AIDS Walk/Run for Life
This 5K is on Sunday, Sept. 15, in Bloomington. Here’s a link for more information and online registration.

Good Shepherd Manor Fall Festival 5K Trail Run
This is a 5K run, a 1-mile fun run/walk and kids superhero races on Sunday, Sept. 15, at Good Shepherd Manor in Momence. The organization provides care to men with developmental disabilities.
Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Pumpkin Classic
This race on Saturday, Sept. 14, is part of the Morton Pumpkin Festival. There’s a 10K race and a 2-mile walk/run. Here’s a link to the race website.

Daycation Museum Bicycle Series Ride #3
This is the third and final ride of three museum bike rides sponsored by Champaign Cycle this summer. It’s on Saturday, Sept. 14, and it’s a ride to the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul. 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 must pay the admission fee to the air museum.
Here’s a link for more information.

Thursday, Sept. 19:
Lewis Memorial Acres Full Moon Trail Run
This is a 2-mile trail run in Lewis Memorial Acres Park in Springfield at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. This is a fun run, and it’s free, but runners must register and the run is limited to 75 participants. Runners must carry a flashlight or headlamp. Donations to Lewis Memorial Acres are accepted.
Here’s a link to the event’s Facebook page, and here’s a link to online registration.
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Weekend of Sept. 21-22:
CarX Crazy K
This obstacle run is on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Champaign County Fairgrounds. It’s a 5K with various obstacles, including hurdles, hay bales, a sand pit, tires, a cargo net, mud and water. The course is on the fairgrounds and in Crystal Lake Park. You can do this race as an individual or as part of a team. In addition to the 5K, there’s a kids’ fun run. And there is food and live music all day at the fairgrounds.
The proceeds from this event go to a number of local non-profit organizations. For more information, go to carxcrazyk.com.

Savoy Orchard Days 5K
This 5K run/walk is Saturday, Sept. 21, at Colbert Park in Savoy. There is also a youth fun run.
For a copy of the race brochure, go to www.savoyrecreationcenter.com. At the bottom of the tabs along the left is one for the 5K run.

Run for Hunger 5K
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Loda. It’s on the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School cross country course. There’s also a 1/4-mile youth fun run. The race benefits the Hands of Christ Food Pantry of the Loda United Methodist Church.
Here’s a link for more information.

Viking 5K Classic
This 5K is in Danville on Saturday, Sept. 21. The race benefits Danville High School athletics.
For more information or to register, go to www.viking5kclassic.com.

The Betsy Smith Memorial 5K
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Decatur. The race supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Macon County and RealLife, an inner-city outreach ministry in Marion, Ind. For more information or to register, go to www.thebetsyrun.com.

McLean County Heart Walk/5K Run
This is a 5K run and a non-competitive walk on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Bloomington. It’s part of the American Heart Association’s campaign to get people to adopt healthier lifestyles, and it’s a fundraiser for the organization.
Here’s a link for more information.

Glow Run 5K
This 5K on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Bloomington supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s a nighttime run on the Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington.
Here’s a link for more information and online registration.

SportsCare Women’s Biathlon
This race is a non-competitive biathlon on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Springfield. It’s a 21-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Registration closes Sept. 16 (or before, if the 500-participant limit is reached).
Here’s the web page with more information.

Farmdale Festival
These downhill and cross country mountain bike races are Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22, at Farmdale Recreation Area in Washington. They are also part of the Illinois Homegrown Race Series Championship. Here is information about the race series and here’s a link for registration.

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 today.

Bike & Walk for Healthy Lungs
This is a bike ride and walk on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Springfield. It’s non-competitive and is in conjunction with an International Radon Symposium in Springfield. The ride and/or walk is on the Sangamon Valley Trail and it’s a fundraiser for the American Lung Association and the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists.
Here’s a page for more information.

Das Bier Run
This 5K is Sunday, Sept. 22, in Peoria. It’s part of an Oktoberfest celebration, and your registration for the race gets you into the party.
Click here for more information.

If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at jheckel@news-gazette.com.

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