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The Fit List

I’m looking forward to Shoreline in Decatur this weekend (sorry, registration is closed for it) and running in some cooler weather. Here’s what else is going on:

Weekend of Sept. 14-15:
Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour
I love this ride through the countryside around Arthur, where I grew up. The ride is Saturday and you can choose from routes of roughly 20, 42 or 60 miles.
Here’s the ride website. Online registration is closed but you can register on race day.

Evergreen Lake Ultras
This event includes three races on Sunday 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 more information. Online registration is closed, but you can register on race day. No shirt and no guarantee of a finisher award though.

Masonic Charity Trail Run
This is a 4.25-mile noncompetitive fun run on Saturday 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 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 at Clark-Lindsey Village in Urbana. The theme of the race is “superheroes” and awards will be given for the best superhero costumes. Following the race, volunteers will be bagging 2,000 pounds of rice into 1-pound bags for the Wesley Evening Food Pantry.
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 (although there’s another coming up on Sept. 19. See the entry below.). This one is in Lincoln on Saturday. Here’s the registration site.

Bloomington-Normal Race for the Cure
This 5K race is Saturday 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 in Bloomington. Here’s a link for more information. Online registration is closed but you can register on race day.

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 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 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, 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.

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.

Tri the Illini
This tri looks like it will be fun. It’s Sunday, Sept. 22, and it is organized by the triathlon club at the University of Illinois. The swim is 300 meters in the pool at the UI Activities & Recreation Center; the bike is 14.5 miles; and the run is a 5K.
Registration is open through noon on Sept. 20, or until the 700 participant cap is reached. For more information, go to www.fightingillinitriathlon.com.

5K for Food
This 5K run/walk on Sunday, Sept. 22, is the Eagle Scout Project of Zach Mesplay. The 5K is at Lodge Park in Monticello, and the entry fee for the race is a donation of a canned or non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the Ecumenical Food Pantry. Items needed by the food pantry include soup, Jello, pudding, boxed potato mixes, cake and brownie mixes, hamburger helper, canned sloppy joe mix, ketchup, canned pastas, tuna, peanut butter, as well as paper towels and dish and laundry soap.
For more information or to register, go to https://5kforfoodeagleproject.eventbrite.com.

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.

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.

Pumpkin Works 5K Trail Run
This race in Paris is on Sunday, Sept. 22, and includes a 5K trail run, a 1-mile fun run/walk and a 50-yard Pumpkin Dash for kids ages 6 and under. The race benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
For more information, go to www.pumpkinworks.com/5k.html.

Friday, Sept. 27:
Dad’s Day 5K
This 5K on the evening of Friday, Sept. 27, is at the University of Illinois Arboretum, and it is designated as the RRCA Illinois Cross Country Championship. There are both individual and team competitions, and there is also a 2.5K walk.
Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Weekend of Sept. 28-29:
Wild Wild Wilderness
This is one of Kennekuk Road Runners’ main events. It’s on Sunday, Sept. 29, and it’s a 7.45-mile trail run in Kickapoo State Recreation Area, followed by a post-race party.
Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Prairie Pedal
This ride on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Decatur includes 20, 40 and 62-mile routes. It’s a fundraiser for the Macon County Conservation Foundation.
Here’s the web page with more information.

Taste of Downtown Danville 5K
This 5K run/walk is in Danville on Saturday, Sept. 28, and it’s in coordination with the Taste of Downtown Danville. The run is sponsored by the Leadership Tomorrow class and will raise money for the Lindley Sign Post Forest beautification project.
For more information, go to www.tasteofdanville5k.com.

Sundae 5K
This is a 5K on Sunday, Sept. 29, in Urbana. It’s to benefit the Urbana High School athletic department and the money will be used to update equipment in the weight room. In addition to the 5K, there’s a Junior Sundae 1K for kids 10 and younger. Post-race food includes sorbet and frozen yogurt.
Click here for more information.

Kaleidoscope: Dart for the Arts
This is a 5K color run on Saturday, Sept. 28, in Sullivan, where runners will be covered with color from colored powder during the run. It’s a fundraiser for The Little Theater on the Square. There’s an afterparty with live music.
Here’s a link to the event’s Facebook page and here’s a link to the event website.

Scholarship Run for Fun
This 5K is Saturday, Sept. 28, at Lake Land College in Mattoon. It’s a fundraiser for the Lake Land College Foundation and will support the Lake Land College Alumni Scholarship. All registered participants will be entered to win a tuition waiver for three credit hours.
Here’s a link for more information.

We Care Twin Cities races
This event in Bloomington-Normal includes a half marathon and 10K on Saturday, Sept. 28, and a 5K and a half-mile kids fun run on Friday, Sept. 27. The races benefit the Ecology Action Center, a non-profit environmental agency in McLean County. As part of an effort to be “green,” the race will eliminate paper cups at aid stations and runners will get a silicone HydraPouch that can be filled at the water stops.
Online registration ends at noon on Sept. 27. For more information, go to wecaretwincitiesmarathon.org.

Odd Fellows Duathlon
This duathlon is Saturday, Sept. 28, in Mt. Zion. It consists of a 2-mile run, a 13.5-mile bike ride and another 2-mile run.
Here’s a link for more information.

Tri the Du
This duathlon is Saturday, Sept. 28, at Kankakee River State Park. It’s a 3-mile run, a 14-mile bike, then another 3-mile run. This year there’s also a 1-mile fun run/walk.
Click here for more information and online registration.

Brown County Breakdown
This event sounds like a blast. If I was a mountain biker, I’d definitely be there! It’s a weekend of camping, mountain biking, bluegrass music and beer drinking. It runs from Friday night, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 29, and it’s at Brown County State Park in Nashville, Ind.
Here’s the website for more information.
I may learn to mountain bike just so I can do this next year.

Memorial Transplant 5K
This race is Saturday, Sept. 28, in Springfield. It raises money for the Transplant Patient Assistance Fund at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Here’s a web page with more information.

James Project 5K
This race is Saturday, Sept. 28, in Springfield. It benefits the James Project, a Christian ministry. All participants receive a free ticket to Abe’s Corn Maze.
For more information, go to www.jamesproject5k.com.

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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