The Fit List

The Fit List

My favorite weekend of the year! I’ll be running the River to River Relay in southern Illinois — it’s always a blast. If you aren’t headed south, consider running the trails at Forest Glen for a good cause. See “Miles for Murelle,” below. Here’s your list:

Thursday, April 10:
Five-O 5K
This is a coffee and donut run on this evening 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 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 on Saturday 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. 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 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 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 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

Illini Mentor Program 5K
This is a 5K on Saturday 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 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. 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 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.

Junaia Carter M.D. 5K
This 5K race is Saturday, April 19, in Springfield. It’s organized by SIU medical students and it benefits M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, a non-profit organization providing services to the homeless and low-income families.
Here’s the online registration site.

Weekend of April 25-27:
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
The biggest running event around. Marathon weekend starts with the 5K on Friday night, April 25, and the marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K and youth run are on Saturday, April 26. Every race except the youth run is over half full, with the 5K more than 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.
The race could also use more volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer, go to the website and click on the “Volunteers” tab at the top of the page.

Abe’s Mini Triathlon and Pioneer Sprint Triathlon
These triathlons are Saturday, April 26, in Petersburg. Abe’s Mini is a 100-yard pool swim, a 5-mile bike and a 1-mile run. The Pioneer Sprint is a 300-yard pool swim, a 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Both are parafriendly tris. For more information, go to and click on the tabs for the events at the top of the page.

Superhero Sprint 5K
This is a 5K race in Normal on Saturday, April 26. It benefits Mulberry School in Normal. In addition to the 5K run/walk, there’s a 1/4-mile kids’ race for kids ages 10 and under. Costumes are encouraged. And affordable childcare is offered at the school during the race.
Click here for more information.

Spring Fever 5K
This is a 5K run and 2-mile walk on Saturday, April 26, in Kankakee. Click here to see the race entry form.

Sullivan Civic Center Triathlon
This is a sprint tri on Sunday, April 27, in Sullivan. The swim is 400 meters in a pool, followed by a 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run. The event is limited to 300 participants and online registration closes April 20. There is no race day registration.
Here’s the website with more information.

Dirty Mudd’r Gran Fondo
This event has a 62-mile and a 35-mile bike ride, on Sunday, April 27, in Streator. The routes include gravel, dirt, grass and very little blacktop. Here’s the website for more information.

Upcoming registration deadlines:
Howl at the Moon
This 8-hour ultramarathon is at Kennekuk Cove County Park on Saturday, Aug. 9. It’s run on a 3.29-mile loop in the park. Registration opens on April 22, and it fills quickly. Info about the race is at, under “Events/Results.”

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