The Fit List

The Fit List

Here’s your list of upcoming races. I’ve added a presentation this weekend on incorporating speed training into your running. Sounds interesting; check it out if you can.

Weekend of March 8-9:
Earth, Wind and Fire
This is a 5K run and 2.5K walk on Saturday on the University of Illinois campus. It is organized by the Prairie Research Institute and proceeds go to support its Naturally Illinois Expo. The awards for the overall male and female winners of the run are fossil casts.
For more information and online registration, click here.

Kaylee Helton Benefit Run
This is a benefit run in Lincoln on Saturday with proceeds going to help with medical expenses for Kaylee Helton, a high school student who suffered a pulmonary embolism. Runners can choose to run either a 5K or 1.55 miles.
Here’s the online registration site with more information.

River Road Run
This is a 5K run/walk in Kankakee on Saturday. Here’s a link to the race flier.

Fight for Air Climb
This high-rise climb is Sunday in Chicago. Climbers can run up one, two, three or four of the Presidential Towers. Each is 45 floors. Participants can climb as individuals, as part of a team or as a member of a relay. There is a minimum fundraising requirement of $100 in addition to the entry fee. The event is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association.
Here’s the event website for more information.

Presentation on Speed Training
Joshua Stone, an editor at Human Kinetics and a certified athletic trainer and consultant on enhancing athletic performance and preventing injury, will speak at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Champaign Public Library about how runners can incorporate a program into their training to increase their speed and power. His talk is sponsored by the C-U Racing Team.

Weekend of March 15-16:
Heritage Music 5K
This 5K race and fun run is Saturday, March 15, in Homer. Click here for the race website.

Runnin of the Irish
This event includes 10K and 5K races on Saturday, March 15, in Effingham. Your race entry also gets you a free beer after the race.
For more information, go to

St. Patrick’s Day 5K
This event includes a 5K race and 1-mile walk on Sunday, March 16, in Bloomington. Go here for more information and a link to the race flier.

Cactus Classic Trail Race
This is a 10K and a half marathon (both on courses that are slightly long) at Sand Ridge State Forest near Manito, southwest of Peoria.
Here’s the race website, and here’s the site for online registration.

Blarney Blitz
This 5K is on Saturday, March 15, in Peoria Heights. Racers get a beer stein and a couple of beers or sodas and food at the post-race party. There are also two Dash4Cash events. One is a 75-meter sprint prior to the 5K, with $50 cash each to the male and female winners. There’s also a First to the Flag award of $50 cash to the male and female runners who are first to a flag that will be placed in the first half of the race course. If the First to the Flag winners are also the overall male and female winners, they’ll get $100.
See the race website at

Run to LSB
This race on Saturday, March 15, in Decatur is about 2 miles long, and it leads the St. Patrick’s Day parade through downtown. It ends at Lock, Stock and Barrel with a post-race party. There is no race day registration and there is a cap on the number of entrants (although the race flier doesn’t say how many entrants they’ll take). The race sells out every year, so enter early. The race organizers are taking race entries through March 8.
Here’s a link to the race flier.

Weekend of March 22-23:
Mountain Goat Hill Runs
This race on Saturday, March 22, is one of the Kennekuk Road Runners’ events, and the second in the club’s Grand Slam series. LOVE this hilly run. I haven’t been able to do it for several years, and I won’t make it this year either, but if you want to run some hills, you should be there. There are 15K and 10K runs and a 5K walk. As always with Kennekuk, the run is followed by a post-race party.
Here’s a link to the race form. Entry fees go up after Saturday.

Peoria Riverfront Museum Interplanetary 5K
This 5K is Saturday, March 22, at the Riverfront Museum in Peoria. There’s a 5K race, a 1-mile walk and a 1/2-mile kids’ fun run. The run is along the Riverfront Trail.
Click here for more information.

Run for Annabelle
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, March 22, in Mount Pulaski. It is in memory of an infant who died from a brain tumor, and the race proceeds will benefit another infant born prematurely.
Here’s a link to the race flier, and here’s the race’s Facebook page.

The Tour of St. Louis Omnium
Bike racing season is starting. Here’s a race in St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23, that includes a Saturday morning time trial, a Saturday afternoon bike race in Forest Park and a Sunday criterium in Carondelet Park. There’s a category for riders who will compete in all three events.
Here’s the race website, and here’s a link for online 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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