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There are a couple of good opportunities to run trail races this weekend, with the Allerton Trail Half Marathon on Saturday and Run Wild for Wildlife on Sunday. Here’s the info on those two and more:

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. Given the rain, it’s likely the half marathon will be run on a modified course that will still include a lot of trail but with about an extra mile of pavement, to avoid flooded areas near the river.
There’s also a new after-dark Trail-Glo 5K tonight, with race volunteers running for free. Bring a flashlight or a headlamp. 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 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. The race starts with a bird call, there will be some cool raptors out there and the race awards have animal footprints on them.
Here’s a link to the registration page for the race.

Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
This half marathon is on Saturday 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 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 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 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 today at noon. The 50- and 100-mile races start Saturday at 6 a.m. And the 30-mile fun run starts Saturday at 8 p.m. and is limited to 70 runners. Be prepared for hills.
There’s a free pasta dinner tonight for racers (except for those 150-mile folks, who will already be running by then), and there’s also free camping tonight and Saturday night.
Here’s the race website for more information.

Thursday, April 10:
Five-O 5K
This is a coffee and donut run on the evening of Thursday, April 10, on the University of Illinois campus. The race benefits the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois. Runners will get coffee and donuts at the race.
Here’s the website for online registration.

Friday, April 11:
Glow Run
This is a 5K run and 3K walk on Friday evening, April 11, at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Click here for more information.

Weekend of April 12-13:
Miles for Murelle
This is a fun run/walk on a 5-mile loop at Forest Glen Preserve, near Westville in Vermilion County. It’s a hilly trail course, and you can run or walk as many miles as you’d like. The event is a benefit for a St. Joseph girl who is a runner and who is fighting cancer. The suggested donation for the event is $25 and the money will go to her family to help cover costs associated with her medical care.
Here’s the Facebook page for the event.

Kenwood Cares 5K
This is a 5K race and a free kids’ 1K race on the afternoon of Saturday, April 12. It’s in memory of Paula Gaddis, who taught first grade at Kenwood Elementary School in Champaign before her death during this school year. She had four children, and the race proceeds will go to her family. There’s also a spaghetti dinner and silent auction following the race.
For more information, go to

Strides Against Hunger
This event includes a 5K and a 1-mile race on Saturday, April 12, in Arcola. The race proceeds will go to the Arcola Food Pantry. When runners register for the race, they can also buy tickets for a benefit lunch following the race for the food pantry.
Here’s a link for more information.

Macon Miles for CASA
This is a 40-mile charity run on Saturday, April 12, that goes from the southern to the northern county line for Macon County. Runners can do it as an ultramarathon, or they can run as part of a four-person relay team. There will also be two 5K runs along the course to support the runners doing longer distances.
The run is a fundraiser for Macon County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). There is no set entry fee; runners are asked to make a donation, and the suggested minimum donation is $20. Here’s a link to more information about the run.

Heights Half Marathon
This half marathon is Saturday, April 12, in Peoria Heights. There is also a half marathon relay and a 3.3-mile race. A portion of race proceeds goes to the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association.
For more information, go to

Race to Wrigley 5K
Fellow Cubs fans, celebrate the start of baseball season and the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field by running this race that starts and finishes at Wrigley Field. It’s Saturday, April 12, and it raises money for Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. There’s a post-race party, and runners can buy discounted tickets for the April 22 Cubs-Diamondbacks game.
For more information, go to Online registration closes April 10.

Illini Mentor Program 5K
This is a 5K on Saturday, April 12, on the University of Illinois campus. It benefits the Illini Mentor Program.
Here’s a link to the race website.

Run for the Gold APO 5K
This is a 5K race on Saturday, April 12, on the UI campus. It’s a fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois.
Here’s the site for online registration.

Westside 5K
This is a 5K run/walk in Bloomington on Sunday, April 13. Runners can designate one of several Bloomington nonprofit organizations to receive a donation of a portion of their entry fees. Here’s the site for online registration.

Taking Steps to End Child Abuse 5K
This race is Sunday, April 13, in Bloomington. There’s a 5K run and a 1-mile walk. It supports the Family Visitation Center of Children’s Home + Aid. Click here for the race website.

Weekend of April 19-20:
Kola 5K Bunny Run
This 5K race is on Saturday, April 19, at the University of Illinois Arboretum. You can run as an individual or as part of a team. Race proceeds benefit the Kola Foundation, which supports programs for children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Here’s a link to the race website.

Boiler Sprint Triathlon
This is a sprint triathlon in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday, April 19. There’s a 300K swim at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run. There’s also the option of doing the tri as part of a relay. The event is organized by Purdue University’s triathlon club. I did their fall Boilerman Triathlon a couple of years ago, and it was a well-organized event.
Click here for more information.

Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K
This is a 5K run and fun walk on Saturday, April 19, at the Kickapoo Creek Winery in Edwards, near Peoria. The race will raise money for the Pediatric Resource Center, which provides services for abused and neglected children. There’s a brunch with a wine tasting at the winery after the race (at an extra cost).
Here’s the site for online registration.

Upcoming registration deadlines:
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
The biggest running event around. Marathon weekend is April 25-26, with the 5K on Friday night, April 25, and the marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K and youth run on Saturday, April 26. Every race except the youth run is over half full, with the 5K close to 90 percent full. Registration closes (except for the youth run) on April 15, so don’t wait to get signed up.
Go to for more information or to register.

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