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You can run with your dog, run a tough, hilly trail or bike the Indiana hills this weekend. Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of Oct. 19-20:
OTS Road Race for Animals
Run with your dog in this race on Sunday. 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. 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.
Online registration is closed but you can register on race day, with a check only. Click here for the race website.

This 5K is Saturday 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 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 today to Sunday 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 tonight and Saturday night.
Online registration is closed. You can register on the day of the event, but space is limited. For more information, go to

Kick’n Asphalt
This event is the evening of Saturday 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

Running Water 5K
This is a 5K in Decatur on Saturday. 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.

Oktoberfest 5K
This race is in Sullivan on Saturday. There’s a 5K race and a Punkin Run for kids 10 and under. It’s held in conjunction with an Oktoberfest celebration and chili cookoff in Sullivan, starting this evening. Here’s a website for more information. There’s a link to the race form on the left side of the page.

Friday, Oct. 25:
Screaming Pumpkin
This will be my fourth year for this race, and it’s a blast. It’s in Peoria on Friday evening, Oct. 25. There’s a marathon, a marathon relay, a 6.55-mile run and a 2-mile walk. The races start and end in Glen Oak Park and are run through Springdale Cemetery after dark.
The marathon and marathon relay are prediction races — runners can start at any time after 6 p.m. and the idea is to finish as close as possible to midnight without going past. No watches are allowed. Finish before midnight and you get a tiara and a wand. Finish after midnight and you get a pumpkin.
Nearly everyone runs in costume. My team will be bats this year. There’s a food tent and a band for those waiting on their teammates to run.
For more information or to register, go to There is no race day registration.

Weekend of Oct. 26-27:
Allerton Trail Run
This is Second Wind Running Club’s main event of the year. The trail run at Robert Allerton Park near Monticello is Sunday, Oct. 27. It’s a 5.7-mile trail run and a 2-mile fun walk in the park. The run course follows the river, goes past some of the park’s statues and ends in the meadow with a post-race brunch. The club makes a donation back to Allerton Park from the race proceeds.
Costumes are encouraged, and there are awards for the best costumes. You must register by Oct. 20 for a shirt, and registration after that is online only through Oct. 25 and at packet pickup at Body n’ Sole Sports on Oct. 26. There is no race day registration.
Here’s a link for more information.

The Bulldog Race
This race is a 5K and a kids fun run on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Mahomet. The race is to raise money to buy new uniforms for the Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School track and cross country programs.
For more information or to register, go to Click here for online registration.

GCMS Monster Dash
This is a 5K run and a 1-mile walk in Gibson City on Saturday, Oct. 26. Costumes are encouraged and there will be a costume contest.
Here’s a link for more information.

Shawnee Marathon
This is the inaugural Shawnee Marathon and Half Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 26, in southern Illinois. The races start and finish at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg. Marathoners run to Equality and back, along roads that go through Shawnee National Forest. There are also marathon and half marathon relays. The races will help raise money for a new indoor pool for the Harrisburg Park District.
Online registration closes Oct. 24. For more information, go to

Run, Walk or Scream
This event on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Normal includes 5K and 3K races at dusk, on a course lit by glow sticks, as well as a kids sprint and kids games and a trunk-or-treat. It’s sponsored by Mulberry School and there is free childcare at the event.
For more information, go to and scroll down to the event information. Click here for online registration.

Running of the Bulldogs 5K
This 5K run/walk in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 26, is part of Benedictine University’s homecoming. Here’s a website for more information and registration.

Kiwanis Winter Warmup 5K
This is a 5K run, 2-mile walk and kids runs at dusk on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Perry Farm in Bourbonnais. There’s also a kids fair. The race is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Kankakee, and the proceeds help support projects such as kids’ coats and glove distribution, immunizations and college scholarships. Donations of winter coats, hats and gloves for children are being accepted at the race.
Here’s a website with more information.

Tour de Shawnee
This ride is Saturday, Oct. 26, in Alexander and Union counties in southern Illinois. There are routes of 15, 30, 45, 65 and 100 miles. You can register online and on race day.
For more information, go to

Weekend of Nov. 2-3:
Monumental Marathon
There’s a crowd from C-U heading to Indy for this race. I did this marathon in its inaugural year and I’m looking forward to doing it again. There is a marathon, half marathon, a 5K and a kids fun run in Indianapolis on Saturday, Nov. 2. You can register online through midnight, Oct. 29. You can also register at the race expo on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
For more information, go to

Rattlesnake Master
This race is Sunday, Nov. 3, at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana. There’s 10K and 5K runs and a 5K walk.
Here’s the website for more information.

Canal Connection
This is a 10K on Sunday, Nov. 3, in Utica. It’s a point-to-point race that goes along the I&M Canal Towpath. Runners are bused to the start in LaSalle and they run back to Utica.
Here’s the race website for more information.

Breathe Deep Central Illinois
This race is Saturday, Nov. 2, in Bloomington. There’s a 5K run and a 2-mile walk. It raises money for research and treatment of lung cancer and support for lung cancer patients. In addition to the race, there will be entertainment, food, kids’ activities and a silent auction and raffle at the event.
Click here for more information.

Tilted Tartan Turkey Trot
This is a 5K race and a 1-mile run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Springfield. It starts at Centennial Park and ends at the Tilted Kilt Pub. There will be shuttle buses to take runners from the Tilted Kilt back to the park. The race is sponsored by the St. Andrew Society of Central Illinois, and the race proceeds will help fund a trip to Scotland and Ireland for the Pipes & Drums and Celtic Dancers.
Here is the website for more information.

Fallen Heroes 5K
This run/walk is in Bourbonnais on Saturday, Nov. 2. It benefits the Justin Honeycutt Memorial Scholarship Fund, named for a Bourbonnais police officer killed in a car crash. The scholarships go to Kankakee County students who are studying criminal justice.
For more information, go to

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