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The Fit List

Good luck to everyone running the Mountain Goat hills this weekend. Here are other upcoming races:

Weekend of March 22-23:
Mountain Goat Hill Runs
This race on Saturday 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.

Peoria Riverfront Museum Interplanetary 5K
This 5K is Saturday 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 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 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.

Weekend of March 29-30:
Penguin in the Park 5K
This 5K on Saturday, March 29, in Decatur, is John “The Penguin” Bingham’s namesake race. The author and “Competitor” magazine columnist attended Millikin University in Decatur, and he returns for the race. For more information, go to

Clinton Lake Ultra
This is a 30-mile race on the trails at Clinton Lake on Saturday, May 29, and the first race in a new Central Illinois Ultras series. The race is full, but the race directors are still looking for volunteers. If you want to volunteer, or just go check out the race and cheer on the runners, contact race directors Don Frichtl or Ellen Byron at Here’s the link to the race web page.

Run for Hope 10K
This race is Sunday, March 10, in Bloomington. It is run along the Constitution Trail, and proceeds support Home Sweet Home Ministries. Click here for the race website.

Run with a Mission
This is a 5K on Saturday, March 29, in Springfield. It’s sponsored by the South Side Christian Church and proceeds go toward building a school in a village in Kenya. There’s a kids fun run as well. For more information, go to

Reflections of the Riot
This 5K race and 2-mile fun walk on Saturday, March 29, in Charleston is part of “Charleston Riot Days” — that city’s three-day celebration of the 150th anniversary of a riot between Union soldiers and those opposed to the Civil War. Here’s a link for online registration. Or go to and scroll down to the entry for the race to find the race flier.

Redskin Nation Tomahawk Trot
This is a 5K and 10K on Saturday, March 29, in Momence, sponsored by the Momence Athletic Booster Club. Click here for more information and a link to the race flier.

Weekend of April 5-6:
Allerton Trail Half Marathon
This race is at Allerton Park near Monticello. There’s a half marathon, which covers trails on both sides of the Sangamon River, and a 10K, run on the first part of the half marathon course, on Saturday, April 5. There’s also a new after-dark Trail-Glo 5K on Friday night, April 4, with race volunteers running for free. All of the race proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information, go to

Run Wild for Wildlife
These trail runs are on Sunday, April 6, at Homer Lake. There’s a 10-mile race and a 4-mile race. The race proceeds support the Wildlife Medical Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Race fees go up after March 31, so enter before then.
Here’s a link to the registration page for the race.

Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
This half marathon is on Saturday, April 5, in Springfield. The course starts and ends at the Old State Capitol and runs past the Lincoln Home and Lincoln’s Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery. For more information, go to

Lake Sara Dam Run
This race is Saturday, April 5, at Lake Sara near Effingham. There’s an 8-mile run, a 5K run and a 5K walk. It’s a fundraiser for Special Olympics. For more information, go to

Illini Veterans Memorial 5K
This 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 5, is on the University of Illinois campus. The race proceeds will support the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the UI. For more information, go to

Central Counties Health Center’s 5K
This 5K run/walk is Saturday, April 5, in Springfield. Proceeds go to providing medical and dental services through Central Counties Health Center. There will be health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and HIV screenings at the event. Here’s a link for more information. (Click on the “Race Packet” link for more race info.)

Potawatomi Trail Runs
If you’re not the 5K type, check out these trail runs. You can choose from 30, 50, 100 or 150 miles of running pleasure/pain. These runs are at McNaughton Park near Pekin. The 150-mile race starts Friday, April 4, at noon. The 50- and 100-mile races start Saturday, April 5, at 6 a.m. And the 30-mile fun run starts Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m. and is limited to 70 runners. Be prepared for hills.
There’s a free pasta dinner on Friday night for racers (except for those 150-mile folks, who will already be running by then), and there’s also free camping on Friday and Saturday nights.
Here’s the race website for more information.

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