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The Fit List

That windchill is brutal. But you can still race if you want. Races are still a little scarce, but there’s a few coming up in February.
Here’s what I’ve got:

Weekend of Jan. 25-26:
Nearly Naked Mile
Brr! If you are brave enough to run in very little clothing this weekend, you can do so and help those in need. This mile run is Saturday at Eastern Illinois University. Runners start out bundled up and take off their clothes during the mile run, until they are running in as little clothing as they can stand and not get arrested. The clothes they take off — hats, gloves scarves, coats, shirts, pants — will be donated to Standing Stone Community Center in Charleston, to go to people who don’t have enough warm clothing for the winter. Runners can also donate their shoes at the end of the race to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program, which uses them for track and playground surfaces.
Some of the proceeds of the race will also go to the Charleston Food Pantry.
The race was organized by the Students Today Alumni Tomorrow and Student Community Service groups. Online registration is closed but you can register on race day. Here’s a link for more information.

Frosty 5K
This is a 5K race, plus a walk and a dog walk, on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday. Here’s a link for more information.

Aon Step Up for Kids
This is a stair climb on Sunday at the Aon Center (originally the Standard Oil Building) in Chicago. The climb is 80 floors, and it’s a fundraiser for family support services at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. There is an $80 minimum fundraising commitment in addition to the registration fee. You can register to climb as an individual or as part of a team. You can also choose a Half-Climb of 40 floors.
Online registration is closed, but you can register on the day of the event. Here’s the website for more information.

Weekend of Feb. 1-2:
Charleston Challenge Mid-Winter Classic
This race on Feb. 1 in Charleston includes a 5K, 10K and 15K race. Here’s the link for the race website. You can register on race day.

The Shuffler 5K
This is a Super Bowl Sunday 5K in Peoria, followed by breakfast. The race is limited to 400 participants. Immediately preceding the 5K is a Dash4Cash, a 75-meter sprint (separate events for men and women) in which the winner gets $50 cash, and the first to reach a flag in the first part of the sprint also receives $50.
Go to for more information.

Super Bowl Sunday Fun Run
Another Super Sunday run, this one from Ottawa to Starved Rock Lodge, courtesy of Starved Rock Runners. It’s an 11-mile run, not a race. There is no entry fee, but donations to Starved Rock Runners are welcome. Support vehicles will be available for runners who don’t want to run the entire course. Refreshments, pool and hot tub will be available to runners at the Lodge.
Here’s the flier with more information.

Chi-Town Big Game 5/10K
If you’re in Chicago on Super Bowl Sunday, there’s a game day run there too. It’s a 5K and 10K at Soldier Field, followed by a post-race party. Entry is limited to 1,500 people in each race.
Go to for more information.

Weekend of Feb. 8-9:
Neoga Sweetheart 5K
This is a 5K on Saturday, Feb. 8, in Neoga. You can compete individually, or a male/female pair can participate as a couple, with the pair with the lowest combined times winning. There’s also a 1-mile fun run. The race is a fundraiser for the Neoga First Christian Church’s mission trip to Belize.
Click here for more information. There’s a link to the race flier on the webpage.

CITRA Winter Trail Run
This is a 4-mile run and a 1-mile fun walk on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Independence Park in Marquette Heights, south of Pekin. The race benefits Camp Big Sky, a campground for people with disabilities.
Here’s a link with more information.

Winterfest 5K Run and Fitness Walk
This race is Sunday, Feb. 9, in Kankakee. Click here for the race flier and here for online registration.

Weekend of Feb. 22-23:
Illini Chill
This bike ride from St. Joseph will be Saturday, Feb. 22. Cyclists ride in the countryside around St. Joseph, with a hot chocolate break at Homer Lake. The route is about 22 miles, with an option to do an additional 20 miles. The event starts with a lumberjack breakfast, and returns to St. Joe for a spaghetti lunch.
Here’s a page with more information, and with links to the registration form. Register by Feb. 3 if you want a t-shirt.

Fight for Air Climb
This is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association on Saturday, Fet. 22. Participants climb the 32 floor of the Hilton Springfield. You can choose between doing the 32-floor climb once, or doing the “Ultimate Climb,” which is climbing the 32 floors as many times as you can in one hour. The Ultimate Climb is limited to 50 participants. In addition to the entry fee, there is a $100 minimum fundraising requirement for both climbs.
You can participate as an individual or as part of a team of four or more climbers. There are various categories for teams, including firefighter and SWAT teams who climb in full gear.
Here’s the website for more information.

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. It’s 75 percent full now. Here’s a link for registration.

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