The Fit List

The Fit List

Yes, it’s cold out, but there are still races to run. Here’s your list for the next few weekends:

Weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1:
Stuff ‘N Puff 5K
This is a 5K race and a 1-mile fun run on Saturday 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. 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.
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 in Springfield. Here’s a link for online registration and more information.

Beginners’ Cyclocross Clinic/Miller Chill Cyclocross Preview
This is a free clinic for beginning cyclocross riders on Sunday at Forest Park in Bloomington. There’s an hour-and-a-half clinic, then a preview ride of the course for the Dec. 15 Miller Chill Cross (see below for the entry on that race).
For more information, go to

Weekend of Dec. 7-8:
Polar Paws 5K
This is a 5K run/walk with your dog on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Centennial Park. Only one dog per runner allowed. There will be treats for dogs and people, and awards for dogs and humans in the following categories: fastest, most stylish, look-alike, best holiday costume and the Joy of the Season Award for those having the most fun.
See the Champaign Park District’s program guide (a link to the guide is found on this page) for more information. Here’s a link to the registration page. Registration ends Dec. 5.

Run Run Santa
This is a 5K on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Petersburg. The goodie bags for runners include a Santa hat and beard, and the jolly old elf will make an appearance at the end of the race. Proceeds from the race go to the PORTA High School post-prom fund.
Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Reindeer Poker Run
This is a fun run and fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Raymond Floyd Golf Club in Decatur. It will be either one or two loops of a 5K course, and runners will be dealt a card at each kilometer. The best hand winds. This is a fun run with no entry fee or timing, but donations will be accepted for the organizer’s fundraising for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
Here’s the event’s Facebook page.

Jingle Bell Run — Peoria
This is a Jingle Bell run/walk in Peoria on Saturday, Dec. 7. As with other Jingle Bell runs, it’s a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation. There’s also a Reindeer Dash for kids ages 3 to 8 and there’s a costume contest.
Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of Dec. 14-15:
Mike Walsh Memorial 5K
This 5K run/walk is Saturday, Dec. 14, in Bement. The race is in memory of Mike Walsh, who was a Bement school board member and volunteer coach. Proceeds from the race benefit athletic scholarships and programs.
Here’s a link for more information. Online registration is closed, but you can register on race day.

Da Deer Run Run 8K
This “Euro-style” cross country 8K run is Saturday, Dec. 14, at Comlara Park near Hudson. The race includes creek crossings and steeplechase barriers.
Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Miller Chill Cyclocross
This cyclocross race is Sunday, Dec. 15, at Miller Park in Bloomington. It’s the last of the five-race Heart of Illinois Cyclocross series.
Go to for more information. And check out Tuesday’s News-Gazette for a story on cyclocross.

Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run
Lucky for me, I have just the clothing for this race — my husband has a pile of ugly Christmas sweaters he wears to his annual bar crawl. Who knew people were now running in their ugly Christmas sweaters? There’s apparently a whole race series. This one is in Peoria on Saturday, Dec. 14. There’s the 5K race and the ugliest sweater contest. All proceeds go toward building an accessible playground.
Here’s a link for more information.

Kaylee Helton Benefit Run
This is a benefit run/walk of either 5K or 1.55 miles on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Lincoln. The race proceeds will go to Kaylee Helton, a high school student who suffered a massive pulmonary embolism.
Click here for more information.

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