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The Fit List

I can’t wait to see lots of local runners in Indy for the Monumental Marathon Saturday. There’s also Rattlesnake Master and Canal Connection this weekend. Here’s your list of upcoming races.

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. Online registration is closed, but you can register at the race expo today. I believe the marathon is sold out though.
For more information, go to

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

Canal Connection
This is a 10K on Sunday 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 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 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. 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. Here’s the website with more information.

Weekend of Nov. 16-17:
Abe’s Trail Trek
The race organizer says this trail run is one of the toughest in the area. I can’t wait to run it. The race is on Saturday, Nov. 16, and there is a 5K, 10K and 15K. They are at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site near Petersburg. Race proceeds will help maintain the historic site.
For more information or online registration, go to

Gobbler’s Revenge
This race is on Sunday, Nov. 17, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. It’s a 5K run and walk sponsored by Faith United Methodist Church to support its Appalachian Service Project. Apparently you must outrun turkeys who are pretty peeved about Thanksgiving.
Here’s a website for more information and registration.

Springfield Jingle Bell 5K
‘Tis the season for Jingle Bell runs. This one is in Springfield on Saturday, Nov. 16. These runs are fundraisers for the Arthritis Foundation.
Here’s a link for race info.

Gettin’ on Track 5K
This race is Saturday, Nov. 16, in Mt. Zion. It raises money for the junior high and high school running programs in Mt. Zion.
For more information, go to

Turkey Trot — Decatur
I ran a turkey trot in Decatur shortly after I began doing 10K races in high school. I remember cold, hills (really, there are some hills in this park) and winning a turkey. This race is in Fairview Park on Saturday, Nov. 16, and there are 5K and 10K runs and a 5K recreational walk.
You can get to the race flier by going to and clicking on the logo for the Turkey Trot in the middle of the page.

Turkey Trot — Bourbonnais
If you want to head north rather than west, there’s a turkey trot on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Perry Farm Park near Bourbonnais. This trot includes 5K and 10K runs and 2-mile walk. Awards will be given to the fastest runners in the 5K and 10K races, and in addition, they are also prediction runs. You predict your finish time and whoever comes closest to his or her prediction wins. No watches allowed on the course.
Here’s a link for more information.

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