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The Fit List

There are lots of good local races this weekend. So hard to choose! You can’t go wrong with either Not Your Average Joe or Kirby Derby. Pick a race and go run and have fun. Here’s your list:

Weekend of May 10-11:
Not Your Average Joe Race
This is a 5-mile run, 5K run and 5K walk on Saturday 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 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. 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 to the race’s Facebook page. Online registration is closed but you can register on race day.

Run in a Dress for MS
Get out your tutu, your hula skirt or your ugly bridesmaid’s dress. This 5K is on Saturday in Teutopolis, and it’s a fundraiser for the National MS Society. Participants — male and female — are encouraged to run in dresses. In addition to the 5K run/walk, there’s a 1-mile family fun walk.
Here’s the race website for more information.

5K Grow & Go
This 5K is on Saturday 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 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 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 in Mt. Zion. The race benefits Mt. Zion elementary schools. Here’s a link for more information. Online registration is closed but you can register on race day.

Thursday, May 15:
CU Bike to Work Day
I’d like to say I ride my bike to work more often, but it’s once a year, on this day. Bike to Work Day is aimed at promoting bike commuting. There will be Bike to Work Day stations, with snacks and cycling information, throughout Champaign-Urbana on this morning. For more information about the event or to register for Bike to Work Day, go to and click on the tab on the left for Bike to Work Day.

Weekend of May 17-18:
Buffalo Trace Trail Race
This is a 5-mile race and 2-mile noncompetitive walk on Saturday, May 17, at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet. The race is on rolling grass trails through woods and open meadows. Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Races For All Paces
These races are Saturday, May 17, in Mattoon. You can choose from: a half marathon; a 10K relay challenge, in which teams must come closets to their predicted finish time; a 10K; a 5K fun run/walk; a Run with Ray 5K, for kids 17 and under to run with former NFL player Ray McElroy; a 1-mile fun run/walk; a Toddler Trot (50 yards for kids 3 to 5); and a Diaper Dash (25 yards for kids 3 and under). Phew.
For more information or to register, go to

May Madness Sprint
This is a sprint triathlon on Sunday, May 18, in Effingham. The .25-mile swim is at Lake Sara, followed by a 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Click here for race information.

Run River City Marathon
This event on Sunday, May 18, in Peoria includes a marathon, half marathon (new this year, replacing a 25K distance race), marathon relay, 5K and kids mini marathon (the last 1.2 miles of the marathon course).  For more information, go to

North Normal Block Party 5K
This is a 5K race, 1-mile noncompetitive walk and 1/4-mile fun run for kids on Saturday, May 17, in Normal. It’s followed by a pancake and sausage breakfast, live music and a kids’ carnival. The race is sponsored by the Heartland Community Church and proceeds go to the Midwest Food Bank in Bloomington. Here’s a link for more information and registration.

Lincoln Memorial Garden 8K Trail Race
This is an 8K trail race on Saturday, May 17, at Lincoln Memorial Garden in Springfield. The race is limited to 250 participants and there is no race day registration. There’s also a kids’ fun run. Click here for more information and online registration.

DMH Wellness Center 5K Run
This is a 5K run and 1-mile walk on Saturday, May 17, in Decatur. Here’s a link for more information.

Black Partridge Classic
This race on Sunday, May 18, has been relocated from Black Partridge Park in Metamora to Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City, due to flood damage, and it’s been nicknamed the BP Wild Flood Scramble. The entry fees have all been discounted as well. Here’s a link for information on the races and to register.

Wednesday, May 21:
Ride of Silence
This is a free ride on Wednesday evening, May 21. It’s held during National Bike Month to remember those killed or injured while biking and to raise awareness that cyclists have a legal right to ride on public streets. Cyclists are asked to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride.
The local ride is 8 miles, and it leaves at 7 p.m. from the lot east of the I Hotel and Conference Center. It goes through downtown Champaign and Urbana and campus.
For more information about the national event, go to

Weekend of May 24-26:
Memorial Day 5K
This race is on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Danville. In addition to the run, there’s a noncompetitive 5K walk. Here’s a link to the race flyer, and here’s a link to online registration.

Lytle Park Triathlon
This triathlon is Saturday, May 24, in Mattoon. It’s a 300-meter pool swim, a 12.5-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run. You can register on race day. Here’s a link for more information

Capital City Biathlon
This event is Saturday, May 24, in Springfield. It consists of a 5K run followed by a 15-mile bike ride. For more information or to register, go to

Soldier Field 10 Mile
This race is Saturday, May 24, in Chicago, with a finish on the 50-yard line of Soldier Field. It’s followed by a post-race tailgate. For more information, go to

Bike the Drive
This is your opportunity to bike Lake Shore Drive in Chicago with no cars. It’s Sunday, May 25, and the road is opened to bicyclists at 5:30 a.m. You have until 10:15 a.m. to bike along the drive. There’s a festival with a pancake breakfast and live music from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, go to

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