The Fit List

The Fit List

Races are getting fewer at this time of year, so take advantage of the opportunity to race when you can. Here’s your list:

Weekend of Dec. 7-8:
Run Run Santa
This is a 5K on Saturday 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 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. 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. Here’s a story on cyclocross from this past Tuesday’s News-Gazette.

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.

Weekend of Dec. 21-22:
The Saturday Before Christmas Run
This is a free run of the Lake Run Club at Green Gables at Lake Bloomington, at Hudson, on Dec. 21. There’s a 4.37-mile loop, and you can run as much or as little as you’d like. Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of Dec. 28-29:
Huff 50K
This is a 50K run and a 50K relay at the Chain O’ Lakes State Park in Albion, Ind., on Dec. 28. There is also the option of running one loop, approximately 10 miles.
Registration ends Dec. 26 and there is no race day registration. Here’s a link for more information.

First Night 5K
This is a family-friendly 5K run/walk on Sunday, Dec. 29, at Scheel’s in Springfield. The event includes entertainment and kids’ activities.
Click here for more information and registration.

Upcoming registration deadlines:
Clinton Lake Ultra
This race is three loops of a 10-mile trail at the Clinton Lake State Recreation Area on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The wooded trail is mostly single-track and hilly. Registration is open now through March 1, but the race usually fills before that. Here’s a link for registration.

If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at

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