The Fit List

The Fit List

Good luck to all the area runners heading to Monday’s Boston Marathon! For the rest of us, it should be a great weekend for a last training run before next weekend’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Here’s the list of upcoming races:

Weekend of April 19-20:
Kola 5K Bunny Run
This 5K race is on Saturday 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.

Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K
This is a 5K run and fun walk on Saturday 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 online registration site for more information. Online registration is closed but there is race day registration.

Junaia Carter M.D. 5K
This 5K race is Saturday 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 for more information. Online registration is closed but there is race day registration.

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. The 10K race is full, but registration has been re-opened for the other races, through Sunday.
Go to for more information or to register.
The race also needs 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.

Weekend of May 3-4:
Moonlight Marathon
This race is Saturday, May 3, at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. There’s a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 6.55-mile race and a 5K. The races are run at night in the cemetery — the location of Lincoln’s Tomb. The half marathon, 6.55-mile race and 5K are timed events, but the marathon and marathon relay are prediction events. Runners choose their starting time after 6 p.m., with the goal of finishing as close as possible to midnight, but not after midnight. Watches, GPS devices and cell phones are not allowed.
This new race follows the same format as Peoria’s Screaming Pumpkin event in the fall, and I’m looking forward to doing it with some of my Screaming Pumpkin relay teammates.
For more information about the races, go to

Miles of Hope
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 3, at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet. It’s a fundraiser for Type 1 diabetes research. Here’s a link for more information.

Lake Run
This run is around Lake Bloomington on Saturday, May 3, and is one of the Lake Run Club’s big events. There are four distances to choose from: a half marathon (new this year), a 12K, a 7K and a 3-mile walk.
Click here for more information, and here for online registration.

KW Red Rally
This is a 5K on Saturday, May 3, to benefit the United Way of Champaign County. The race is in southwest Champaign, and it’s followed by a post-race party at Jupiter’s at the Crossing. Here’s a link for more information.

Urbana Grand Prix
These bike races are Sunday, May 4, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. Here’s the race flyer, and here’s a link for online registration. And here’s a Facebook page for updates. The online registration deadline is April 30, but you can also register the day of the races.

Habitat for Humanity Pounding the Pavement 5K/10K
These 5K and 10K races are on Sunday, May 4, on the Illinois State University campus. The race benefits the campus Habitat for Humanity chapter. Here’s a link for the race website.

Tulip 5K for a Cure
This race is Saturday, May 3, in Bloomington. It raises money for pancreatic cancer research. Click here for more information.

Dove Dash
This is a 5K race on Saturday, May 3, on the General Dacey Trail in Shelbyville. The race is organized by Lakeview College of Nursing Students and it benefits Dove Inc., which provides services for victims of domestic violence.
Here’s a link to the race’s Facebook page, and here is a link for online registration.

Tour de Exchange
This bike ride is Saturday, May 3, in Charleston. There are 10-mile and 25-mile routes. Click here for the ride brochure.

Matthiessen Mountain Madness
This is the first of the Illinois Homegrown Race Series of mountain bike races put on by the Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association. It’s Sunday, May 4, at Matthiessen State Park in Oglesby. Here’s the race flyer and here’s the site for online registration.

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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