The Fit List

The Fit List

I’m sure it’s not a surprise that I think the appropriate way to end one year and start another one is with a run. Here are some races/runs coming up on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day, and in early January.
Happy New Year!

Weekend of Dec. 28-29:
First Night 5K
This is a family-friendly 5K run/walk on Sunday 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 $15 to the Food Bank. The run is limited to 150 participants, and registration closes Sunday. You get a tech shirt for your entry fee, and there are door prizes and snacks at the store following the run. 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.

Weekend of Jan. 11-12:
Illinois Fat Ass 50
This run on Sunday, Jan. 12, is a 50K at McNabb. The run is on a 10-mile out-and-back course. Run as much or as little as you’d like. There’s no entry fee, and the run celebrates the 50th wedding anniversary of a couple of runners.
Here’s a link for more information.

Polar Bear Dare
This is a 10K and 5K race and a 1-mile fun run on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Mill Creek Park near Marshall. The race is a fundraiser for the Clark County Park District Trails Coalition.
Here’s the park district’s web page about the race, here’s the race form and here’s the Facebook page for the race.

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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