The Fit List

The Fit List

We’ve got some awesome running weather right now, so pick a race and get out there. Here’s what’s coming up in the next few weekends.

Weekend of Nov. 9-10:
Run with a Buddy
This race is organized by the University of Illinois Kinesiology Student Association. It’s a 5K run/walk on Sunday on campus, and it aims to promote running or walking with a buddy, whether it’s your spouse, best friend, family member or pet. There are awards for both individual runners and buddy runners, including parent/child and runner/pet. Pets must have a leash.
Race proceeds will benefit community organizations including the Champaign County Humane Society and the Crisis Nursery. Runners are asked to donate pet food for the Humane Society. Here’s a link for more information.

CUSR Cupcake 5K
This race on Sunday 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.
Here's a link to the race flier. Online registration is closed but you can register on race day.

McNotAgain Trail Runs
This is a 10-mile and 30-mile run at McNaughton Park in Pekin on Saturday. 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. 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 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 in Coles County. The race can be run by individuals or teams of up to four runners.
For more information, click here. Click here for online registration, which closes today.

Warrior Turkey Trot Post Prom 5K
This is a 5K at Watseka High School on Saturday. 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 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.

Weekend of Nov. 23-24:
Run for the Library
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet. It’s organized by Friends of the Mahomet Public Library and the Rotary Club of Mahomet, and it benefits both groups. The money is used for various community programs.
For more information or to register, go to

Schumacher Shuffle
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Philo. The race benefits the St. Thomas Catholic School. There’s also a 1K kids race.
Click here for more information or to register.

Tumbling Turkey 5K and The Flippin Fast Mile
These races are in Danville on Saturday, Nov. 23. It’s organized by the Vermilion County Fun Run folks, who do a kids summer running series. There’s the 5K and the 1-mile race — a downhill road mile that is new this year.
Here’s the webpage for more information.

Mattoon Santa Chase
This is a half marathon and a 5K on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Mattoon. It precedes the Mattoon holiday parade, and the races benefit Mattoon Youth Wrestling.
Here’s a webpage with information — click on the Santa Chase tab on the left side of the page. And here’s a link for registration.

Kankakee Jingle Bell 5K
This weekend’s Jingle Bell fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation is in Kankakee, on Saturday, Nov. 23. Here’s a link for more information.

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