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The Fit List

This weekend is the CarX Crazy K, and I’ll be rooting for Team Run for Danny! Here’s your list of other races coming up:

Weekend of Sept. 21-22:
CarX Crazy K
This obstacle run is on Saturday 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.
Online registration is closed, but you can register at the event. For more information, go to carxcrazyk.com.

Savoy Orchard Days 5K
This 5K run/walk is Saturday 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.

5K for Food
This 5K run/walk on Sunday 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 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. 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 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 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 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.

Farmdale Festival
These downhill and cross country mountain bike races are Saturday and Sunday 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 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 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 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.

Shawna Morrison Memorial Honeybee Festival Race
This race on Saturday, Sept. 28, in Paris is in memory of Sgt. Shawna Morris, who died in Iraq. It’s a 5K race and a 1-mile fun run/walk.
Click here 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.

Weekend of Oct. 5-6:
Women’s Fitness Run
This race is on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. There’s a 5K run/walk and a kids’ dash for kids under age 12. The race proceeds benefit the Center for Women in Transition and the Crisis Nursery. Participants are asked to donate a toiletry or food item for those organizations. A list of needed items is on the race website, here.

YWCA Race Against Racism
This is a 5K on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the University of Illinois Arboretum. Proceeds support educational programs on social justice and diversity issues.
Here’s a link for more information and online registration.

Last Chance Tri
One of the last triathlons of the season, on Sunday, Oct. 6, in Mattoon. There’s a 275-yard pool swim, a 12-mile bike and a 3-mile run.
Here’s the race website with links of maps of the course, and here’s the registration site with more information.

Run 4 Justice
This 5K on Saturday, Oct. 5, is at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana, and it’s sponsored by St. John’s Catholic Newman Center. Here’s a link for online registration.

Run the Woods
This is a 5K and an 8k trail run on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Lake Bloomington. The race benefits Easter Seals and the Timber Pointe Outdoor Center. There’s a pancake breakfast following the race.
Here’s a link for online registration.

ISU Town and Gown 5K
This is a 5K and a 1-mile fun run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 5, on the Illinois State University campus as part of its Homecoming celebration. For the race website, go to http://illinoisstatehomecoming.com/5k/.

Wooly Worm 5K
This is a 5K in Camargo on Saturday, Oct. 5. Here’s a link for online registration.

Pumpkin Pie Ride
This ride is Sunday, Oct. 6, from Ottawa. There are routes of 28, 42, 63 and 103 miles. In the past, the ride has included an option along the I&M Canal, but the canal is currently closed and will not be reopened in time for this ride.
Here’s a link for more information.

Bike the Bridges Fall Challenge
This ride is Saturday, Oct. 5, in Parke County, Ind. There are multiple loops you can ride, each more than 30 miles and all with covered bridges.
Here’s a link for online registration, and here’s a link for the ride website.

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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