The Fit List

The Fit List

I’m headed to Peoria to run through a cemetery this evening, part of the Screaming Pumpkin races. It’s too late to register for that race, but here’s the list of upcoming races. You don’t want to miss Allerton on Sunday.

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. 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. Registration is online only through today and at packet pickup at Body n’ Sole Sports on Saturday. 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 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, go to Online registration is closed, but you can register on race day.

GCMS Monster Dash
This is a 5K run and a 1-mile walk in Gibson City on Saturday. 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 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.
For more information, go to Online registration is closed, but according to the race flier, race day registration is available.

Run, Walk or Scream
This event on Saturday 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. Race day registration is available from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Kiwanis Winter Warmup 5K
This is a 5K run, 2-mile walk and kids runs at dusk on Saturday 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 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

Weekend of Nov. 9-10:
CUSR Cupcake 5K
This race on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Dodds Park supports scholarships for participants in Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation programs. You can run, walk or roll the course (it’s accessible), and you get a cupcake at the end.
For more information, go to and click on the “Programs & Events” tab at the top, then “Special Events.” There’s a PDF with information, as well as a registration link.

McNotAgain Trail Runs
This is a 10-mile and 30-mile run at McNaughton Park in Pekin on Saturday, Nov. 9. The website says most of the route is hilly single track trail, and there are three creek crossings on the 10-mile loop. The race benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online registration is closed, but there is race day registration.
For more information, click here for the race website and here for the registration site.

Bloomington-Normal Jingle Bell 5K
The first of the season’s Jingle Bell runs to benefit the Arthritis Foundation is Sunday, Nov. 10, in Normal. In addition to the 5K run/walk, there’s a Santa Sprint for kids, a 1-mile walk and a costume contest. Here’s a website with more information.

Charleston Challenge
This is a 40-mile relay on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Coles County. The race can be run by individuals or teams of up to four runners.
For more information, click here. The web page says registration closed Oct. 20, but if you click the registration link, it says registration closes Nov. 8.

Warrior Turkey Trot Post Prom 5K
This is a 5K at Watseka High School on Saturday, Nov. 9. The race proceeds go to the high school’s post prom fund. Here’s a link for registration.

— Girls on the Run 5K
This non-competitive run is on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. It’s part of a program for elementary and middle school girls to promote a healthy lifestyle. Go to for more information.

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