The Fit List

The Fit List

Not so many races right now, so The Fit List will take a Christmas vacation. Back in two weeks to remind of you of area New Year’s Eve runs. Here’s your list through the first weekend in January:

Weekend of Dec. 14-15:
Mike Walsh Memorial 5K
This 5K run/walk is Saturday 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 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 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 a recent column in The 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. There’s the 5K race and the ugliest sweater contest. All proceeds go toward building an accessible playground.
Here’s the event's Facebook page for more information.

Kaylee Helton Benefit Run
This is a benefit run/walk of either 5K or 1.55 miles on Saturday 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.

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31:
Body n Sole
Body n’ Sole Sports in Savoy will host its annual New Year’s Eve fun run, to benefit the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. The 3-mile run is at 4 p.m. and entry is a food or monetary donation to the Food Bank. Here’s a link to the store’s page about the event.

Neoga Frozen 5K
This is a 5K and a 1-mile fun run in Neoga on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, sponsored by the Neoga Booster Club. Here’s the link for online registration.
Get Lit New Year’s Eve Run
This is a non-competitive run/walk on a 2-mile course through East Peoria’s Winter Wonderland display, followed by a post-run pizza party. Here’s a link for more information.

YMCA 2 Miles to MILES New Year’s Eve Race
This is a 5K race and a 2K fun run/walk on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve in Decatur. The race benefits the YMCA Strong Kids program. Here’s a link to the race flier.

New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1:
Resolution Run
This is a 5K at noon (thankfully not at 8 a.m.) On New Year’s Day at Glen Oak Park in Peoria. Finishers get a jumbo chocolate bar. So much for the resolutions. Go to for more information.

AshleyCan New Year New Cure 8K
This 8K is on New Year’s Day in Bourbonnais. It’s sponsored by the AshleyCan Pediatric Cancer Foundation, which helps families of children with cancer and raises money for research. Click here for online registration.

Weekend of Jan. 4-5:
Siberian Express
This is a great 7.45-mile trail run at Kickapoo State Recreation Area, always on the first Saturday in January — and it always happens, no matter what the weather. It’s Saturday, Jan. 4, this year, followed by a party in Danville. Here’s the race form, and here’s the link for online 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.

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