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The Fit List

Good luck to everyone in this weekend’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races! Here’s your list:

Weekend of April 25-27:
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
The biggest running event around. Marathon weekend starts with the 5K tonight, and the marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K and youth run are Saturday. A limited number of spots are available for the marathon, half marathon, marathon relay and 5K, and registration is open for the youth run. You can enter at the marathon expo.
Go to for more information.
If you are running, good luck. If you are volunteering, thank you. And if you are a spectator, yell loud! We appreciate the support.

Abe’s Mini Triathlon and Pioneer Sprint Triathlon
These triathlons are Saturday 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. 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 in Kankakee. Click here to see the race entry form.

Dirty Mudd’r Gran Fondo
This event has a 62-mile and a 35-mile bike ride, on Sunday 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.

Weekend of May 10-11:
Not Your Average Joe Race
This is a 5-mile run, 5K run and 5K walk on Saturday, May 10, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. This race is organized by Human Kinetics and replaced the former Twin Cities Twosome race. The event was reconfigured and renamed in memory of Joe Seeley, a Human Kinetics employee who helped organize the Twin Cities Twosome and was also part of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon race committee. He died of leukemia in 2012.
The Not Your Average Joe Race benefits three charities: the Center for Women in Transition, the T.I.M.E.S. Center and the Crisis Nursery.
For more information, go to

Kirby Derby
This event includes a 10K run and a 5K run/walk. It’s on Saturday, May 10, at Forest Preserve Park in Monticello. There’s also a free kids race for children ages 10 and under.
The race is the second of the Triple Crown series, which also includes the Allerton Trail Half Marathon and 10K (run the first weekend in April) and the Allerton Park Trail Run (coming up in late October).
The Kirby Derby is raising money this year for a Wellness Trail, a walking path on the Kirby Medical Center campus that will be open to the public.
For more information, go to

Whitmore Park Spring Classic
This Decatur Running Club race includes a half marathon and a 5-mile run on Saturday, May 10. It’s at Whitmore Park in Decatur, and the race is followed by a pancake breakfast. Participants get a coffee mug rather than a medal — much more useful.
New this year: Runners can register to do the half marathon, then the 5-mile course immediately afterward. There are time limits, though — men must complete the total 18.1 miles within two and a half hours and women within three hours.
Here’s a link for online registration and here’s a link to the race’s Facebook page.

5K Grow & Go
This 5K is on Saturday, May 10, in Bloomington. It benefits the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program. There’s also a kids’ quarter-mile “Cock-A-Doodle Dash,” and an open house with kids’ activities afterward. Click here for more information.

Fat Ass 5K
This is a 5K and street festival on Saturday, May 10, in Springfield. The race route includes beer, corn dog, donut and ice cream stations, and the street party afterward includes a pig roast and live music. The event is a fundraiser for various charities. For more information, go to

Blue Chevy Trail Classic
This trail run on Saturday, May 10, is at the Farmdale Reservoir in East Peoria. The distance is roughly a 10K. Here’s a web page with more information and a link for registration.

Hercules Challenge
This is a 5K and a 1-mile fun run on Saturday, May 10, in Mt. Zion. The race benefits Mt. Zion elementary schools. Here’s a link 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 opened Tuesday. It was more than two-thirds full on Thursday afternoon, with fewer than 100 spots left. If you want in, enter now. Here’s a link for online registration. Info about the race is at, under “Events/Results.”

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