The Fit List

Ladies, don’t forget about the Women’s Fitness Run this weekend. It’s a great, longstanding race that benefits local charities.
Here’s your list of other races coming up:

Weekend of Oct. 5-6:
Women’s Fitness Run
This race is on Saturday 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 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 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.

ISU Town and Gown 5K
This is a 5K and a 1-mile fun run/walk on Saturday 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. Here’s a link for online registration.

Pumpkin Pie Ride
This ride is Sunday 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 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 registration information (online registration is closed but you can register at the event), and here’s a link for the ride website.

Run to End Alzheimers
This is a 5K on Saturday 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 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 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. 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.

Walk and Run for Wishes
This is a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile walk at Zahnd Park on Saturday, Oct. 12. The race benefits Make-A-Wish Illinois. Costumes are encouraged, and there are prizes for the best costumes.
Here’s a link for more information.

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 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 is closed but registration is also available on the day of the event. Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of Oct. 19-20:
OTS Road Race for Animals
Run with your dog in this race on Sunday, Oct. 20. It’s sponsored by Omega Tau Sigma, an organization of veterinary students at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The race proceeds benefit A Pet’s Place and the Wildlife Medical Clinic.
Here’s the organization’s website.

Forest Glen Trail Run
These trail runs are on Saturday, Oct. 19. There’s a 50K run on a tough, single track, hilly trail, as well as 10.6-mile and 4.5-mile courses, in the Forest Glen Preserve near Westville in Vermilion County. The race proceeds benefit the Vermilion County Conservation District Foundation.
Click here for the race website.

Zombie Run
This Champaign Park District event is a 2+-mile run at Dodds Park on Saturday, Oct. 19. Runners will be dodging zombies, checking in at safe points and trying to survive the zombie infection. There are various times for groups of runners and walkers, and you must be at least 15 to participate.
Here’s the park district’s page for the event.

Springfield Marathon
This new race on Sunday, Oct. 20, in Springfield includes a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay and 10K. The races start and finish on the University of Illinois-Springfield campus. For more information, go to www.springfieldmarathon.net.

CCCHC 5K
This 5K is Saturday, Oct. 19, at the University of Illinois Arboretum. The race is a fundraiser for the Champaign County Christian Health Center. Here’s a link for online registration.

Heartland Harvest 5K
This 5K run/walk is Saturday, Oct. 19, in Normal, and it benefits the Heartland Community College Foundation’s scholarship program. Here’s the website for more information.

Hilly Hundred
Hilly Hundred weekend is Friday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 20, at Ellettsville, Ind. This ride is sponsored by the Central Indiana Bicycling Association, and it includes two days of riding (Saturday and Sunday, approximately 50 miles each day). There’s live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
Online registration is open through Oct. 14. You can also register on the day of the event, but space is limited. For more information, go to www.hillyhundred.org.

Kick’n Asphalt
This event is the evening of Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Graceland Fairlawn Cemetery in Decatur, and it includes a 5K run and a 1-mile glow run/walk. The race benefits the Easter Seals of Central Illinois and Heritage Behavioral Health Center.
For more information or to regsiter, go to www.kicknasphaltdecatur.com.

Running Water 5K
This is a 5K in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 19. The race supports Active Water, an organization that helps provide clean water and sanitation projects to communities around the world.
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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