The Fit List

If you’re looking for a great trail run this weekend, head to Kickapoo Sunday for Wild Wild Wilderness.
Here’s your list of other races coming up:

Friday, Sept. 27:
Dad’s Day 5K
This 5K is this evening 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. Online registration is closed, and the page doesn’t indicate if there is race day registration. Head out there and find out. If there’s not, cheer on the other runners.

Weekend of Sept. 28-29:
Wild Wild Wilderness
This is one of Kennekuk Road Runners’ main events. It’s on Sunday, 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. Online registration is closed but there is race day registration.

Prairie Pedal
This ride on Sunday 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, 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 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 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 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, and a 5K and a half-mile kids fun run this evening. 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 has ended but there is late registration from 4 to 7 p.m. today for all races, and race day registration Saturday for the 10K. For more information, go to wecaretwincitiesmarathon.org.

Odd Fellows Duathlon
This duathlon is Saturday 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 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 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 tonight through Sunday, 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 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 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.

Run to End Alzheimers
This is a 5K on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Forsyth. The race benefits the Alzheimers Association, Greater Illinois Chapter. Here’s a link for more information.

Achieve the Dream 5K
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Watseka. The race benefits The Arc in Iroquois County, which provides services for people with developmental disabilities. Here’s the race website.

CISAR Leg Lifter 5K
This race on Saturday, Oct. 5, is in Bloomington and is a fundraiser for Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue. There’s a 5K run and a 1-mile walk. Here is the website with more information.

Wildcat Run
This is a 5K run and a kids fun run in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 5. Click here for more information or registration.

Weekend of Oct. 12-13:
“Ran”toul in Color 5K
This is a non-competitive, untimed 5K run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 12, where participants get covered with colored dye. The event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County.
Here’s a link for more information.

Sand Creek Trail Run
This race is at the Sand Creek Conservation Area in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 12. There are race distances of 4 and 7 miles. The race benefits the Special Operations Warriors Foundation.
Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Farmdale Trail Runs
These races are at the Farmdale Reservoir in East Peoria on Saturday, Oct. 12. You can choose from a 10K, a half marathon, a 30-mile race or a 50-mile race. The 30-mile and 50-mile races are done on a 10-mile loop.
There is race day registration. For more information, go to www.farmdaletrailrun.com.

Breast Cancer Awareness Ride
This ride is Saturday, Oct. 12, from Champaign Cycle in Champaign. The ride is a Trek event, with registration fees donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Champaign Cycle is one of a number of Trek dealers around the country hosting an event. There are 12- and 25-mile routes.
Click here for more information.

5K for Living Alternatives
This is a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile fun run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Crystal Lake Park. It benefits the Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center. Here’s a link for more information.

Captain Ryan A. Beaupre Memorial Scholarship 5K
This race is on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington on Saturday, Oct. 12. There’s a 5K and a kids fun run. A portion of the race proceeds goes to the Captain Ryan A. Beaupre Scholarship Fund, named for a Marine Corps captain who died in Iraq.
Here’s a website for more information.

Oktoberfest Run
This is a 5K on Sunday, Oct. 13, in Bloomington. The race is followed by an Oktoberfest party.
To get to the race form, click here and then click on the entry for this race.

Fight Cancer With Your Sneakers 5K
This is a 5K run/walk in Watseka on Saturday, Oct. 12. Proceeds from the race will go to Relay for Life of Iroquois County. Participants are asked to wear purple to honor cancer survivors.
Here’s a link for online registration.

Tunnel Hill Bike Ride
This is a 34-mile bike ride from Harrisburg to Vienna on Saturday, Oct. 12. The route follows the Tunnel Hill State Trail. There’s also a 14-mile route, from Harrisburg to Stonefort.
Pre-registration closes today but registration is also available on the day of the event. Here’s a link 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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