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The Fit List

Looks like it will be shorts weather again this weekend. Enjoy it while you can. Here’s a list of races, so you can take advantage of temps in the 60s.

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 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.
You can register online until noon today, and you can register at packet pickup later today or on race day. For more information, go to

Gobbler’s Revenge
This race is on Sunday 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.

This is a charity ride on Sunday to benefit the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. It’s organized by The Bike Project, and it’s free, but you must buy the food to donate. Riders show up at the start, find out where they must go, choose their route and visit grocery stores around the community to buy food to donate to the food bank. There are prizes for the riders who come back with the most food in the least amount of time.
For more information, go to

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

Gettin’ on Track 5K
This race is Saturday 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, 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 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.

Thursday, Nov. 28:
Turkey Trot — Urbana
This is the Urbana Park District’s annual event on Thanksgiving morning. It’s a free 1-mile run/walk through Crystal Lake Park, followed by a raffle. Here’s a link for more information.

Turkey Trot — Bloomington
There’s a 3-mile run, a 1 1/2-mile walk and a 1/2-mile kids run at this event on Thanksgiving Day at Miller Park in Bloomington. And you could win a turkey. Here’s the website with more information.

Struttin’ then Stuffin’ 5K
If you’re in Springfield for Thanksgiving, here’s a 5K that morning to benefit CATCH medication assistance. Click here for the race form.
NOTE: This is the same time and location as the Springfield Road Runners Club’s Cold Duck Run, an annual Thanksgiving Day fun run and potluck for its club members.

Running for Randy 5K
This Thanksgiving Day run is in Bourbonnais. It’s a 5K run and 2-mile walk hosted by the Kankakee River Running Club in honor of Randy Riegel, a club member who is recovering from a stroke he suffered last year. Proceeds from the event will go toward helping Riegel with his medical expenses.
Click here for more information or to register.

Weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1:
Stuff ‘N Puff 5K
This is a 5K race and a 1-mile fun run on Saturday, Nov. 30, in Sullivan. It benefits the Sullivan-Okaw Valley cross country program.
Click here for more information.

FOLEPI River Trail Classic
This is a four-mile run and a two-mile non-competitive walk on Saturday, Nov. 30. It’s run on the River Trail of Illinois in East Peoria. The run and walk are point-to-point and there is transportation available to the start. Enter by Nov. 22 if you want the sweatshirt. You can also opt out of the sweatshirt and pay a lower entry fee.
Here’s a link for more information.

Frostbite Premier Winter Road Race
This is a 10-mile run and a 2-mile run/walk on Sunday, Dec. 1, in Springfield. Here’s a link for online registration and more information.

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