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Race the Kracker Klassic tonight, or the Gifford 5K tomorrow, or pick another race or ride this weekend and have fun! Here’s your list:

Friday, June 27:
Kracker Klassic 5K
This race is this evening in Tolono. In addition to the 5K run/walk, there’s a Kiddie Klassic — either a 1/4-mile run for the little kids or a 1-mile run for bigger kids. There is no entry fee for the Kiddie Klassic, but race organizers are accepting donations to the Tolono Emergency Fund. Click here for the race flyer.

Main Street Mile
I love these timed mile runs. When I think I can run a mile at what I consider an acceptable speed for me, I’ll do one. This one is tonight in Peoria. Participants will run in heats beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.mainstreetmile.net.

Weekend of June 28-29:
Gifford Community Celebration 5K
This is the first of a series of four races that make up the All-Area 5K Championship Circuit. The Gifford race is Saturday. If you want to run the race circuit, you’ll pay an additional $5 in addition to the race entry fees. The race circuit provides awards to runners with the best cumulative times in three of the four races.
The Gifford race also includes a 1K kids fun run. Here’s a link for more information.
The other races in the circuit are the Rockin’ the Runway 5K in Rantoul on July 3, the Fisher Fair 5K on July 12 and the St. Joe Community Festival 5K on Aug. 9. Click here for the registration form for the race circuit.

Shady Hollow Chase
This race, on Saturday, at Comlara County Park near Hudson, is a handicapped 5-mile trail run. Starting times are based on most recent 5K time, age and gender. Slower runners get the head start, and the faster runners must try to catch them. There is also a noncompetitive 1/4-mile kids race. The kids race is free with a paid family member entry to the Chase. The race is followed by a family-style potluck. You must register by June 21; there is no race day entry. Click here for online registration. Half the proceeds of the race go to the Comlara County Park trail maintenance fund and the other half to the charity of the winner’s choice.

Pedaling for Kicks
These rides are Saturday from East White Oak Bible Church in rural Carlock, northwest of Bloomington-Normal. The rides include 10- and 20-mile family routes, and rides of 25, 37, 44 and 63 miles. For more information, go to www.pedalingforkicks.com.

Shamrock Race to the Cross
This race includes a 5K, a 10K and a 1-mile fun run on Saturday in Effingham. Here’s a link for more information. Click here for the race flyer.

Village of Downs Freedom Run & Walk
This is a 5K run and noncompetitive 1-mile walk on Saturday in Downs. There’s also a free Kids Fun Run — one lap around the Tri-Valley High School track, which is where the 5K finish line is. Here is the event website for more information and links to registration.

Piersenstrong 5K
This is a 5K run and 1-mile fun run/walk on Saturday in Charleston. Proceeds from the race go to a 2-year-old boy who has suffered brain injuries, with a portion going to The Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois. There will be live music and children’s activities after the race. For more information, go to www.piersenstrong5k.com.

Friendship Festival 5K
This is a 5K race on Saturday in Bourbonnais. There’s also a 1.5-mile walk. Here’s a link for the race flyer. Online registration is closed, but you can still register on race day.

N.I.T.E. Ride
This nighttime bike ride is Saturday in Indianapolis. The main event is a 17-mile ride through Indy starting at 11 p.m. But that is preceded by a day of activities. There’s a morning ride with the Central Indiana Bicycling Association, with routes from 16 to 60 miles. There’s a 19-mile dinner ride, beginning at 5 p.m. There’s a L.I.T.E. Up Your Bike contest. And there’s a post-ride party. For more information, go to www.niteride.org.

Thursday, July 3:
Rockin’ the Runway 5K
This 5K is Thursday evening, July 3, in Rantoul, at the former Chanute Air Force Base. It is the second race in the All-Area 5K Championship Circuit, which provides awards to runners with the best cumulative times in three of the four races.
Here’s the webpage for the Rantoul race, with a link to the race flyer. And here’s a link for information about the race circuit.

Weekend of July 4-6:
Freedom Celebration 5K
This 5K run/walk is Friday, July 4, starting at 9:05 a.m. (The earlier start time was new last year.) There’s also a youth run, at 8:30 a.m. Run the parade route, then stick around for the parade. For more information, go to www.july4th.net/5k-race-walk.

Park 2 Park
This 5-mile race on Friday, July 4, goes from Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington to The Corn Crib in Normal. Here’s a link for more information.

Staley Firecracker Race
This race includes a 4-mile run and an 8-mile run on Friday, July 4, in Decatur. There’s also a 2-mile fun run/walk. Click here for more information.

4 for the 4th
This is a 4-mile run and 2-mile walk on Friday, July 4, in Charleston. It benefits the Coles County Habitat for Humanity. Here’s a link to the race flyer.

4th of July Metric Century
This bike ride is Friday, July 4, at Plainfield. There are routes of 30, 45 and 62 miles. Here’s the website for more information.

Firecracker 5000
This is a 5K run/walk in Peoria on Friday, July 4. Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of July 12-13:
Fisher Fair 5K
This 5K run/walk is Saturday, July 12, in Fisher. Participants get a goodie bag full of stuff and free admission to the demolition derby at the Fisher Fair on Saturday night. This is race number three in the All-Area 5K Championship Circuit, which provides awards to runners with the best cumulative times in three of the four races.
For more information, go to http://fisherfair5k.com/.

Lakeside Triathlon
This triathlon is Sunday, July 13, in Decatur. I did it about five years ago, and I’m planning on going back this year. There’s an intermediate course distance, with a .75-mile swim, a 19-mile bike ride and a 4.5-mile run; and a short course distance, with a 400-yard swim, a 19-mile bike ride and a 5K run. There are also kids’ events on Saturday, July 12. They include a kids’ triathlon for ages 10-14, with a 250-yard swim, a 3.4-mile bike ride and a 1-mile run; and a kids’ duathlon. The duathlon has a distance for ages 5-8, with a half-mile run, a 1.5-mile bike ride and another half-mile run; and a distance for ages 9-14, with a 1-mile run, a 3.4-mile bike ride and another 1-mile run.
For more information, go to www.decaturtriathlon.com.

Dog Days Race
This 5K race on Saturday, July 12, is at Lake Bloomington. Click here for more information.

BBQ Fest 5K
This 5K is Saturday, July 12, in conjunction with the Kankakee Valley Park District BBQ Fest. Click here for the race flyer.

Jubilee Trail 10K
This 10K race is Saturday, July 12, at Jubilee College State Park, near Brimfield. Here’s a link for the race website and registration.

Heart of Illinois Fair 5K
This 5K is Sunday, July 13, in Peoria. The race covers both the fairgrounds and a high school cross country course. Here’s a link to the race flyer.

Upcoming registration deadlines:
Champaign Park District Mini-Tri
This annual event is Saturday, Aug. 2. It is a 200-yard swim at Sholem Aquatic Center, followed by a 6-mile bike ride and 2-mile run around Centennial Park. New this year: the swim will be in the lap pool only and won’t include the lazy river; and the race will be divided into two categories, competitive and recreational. Competitive racers will start first, according to their estimated swim times. Recreational runners will start in the order they have signed up. The race is limited to 300 participants, and registration closes July 18.
The event also includes two kids’ races. The Micro-Tri, for kids ages 8 to 13, is a 50-yard swim, a 1-mile bike and a 1/2-mile run. The Nano-Tri, for kids ages 5-7, is a 25-yard swim (with a lifeguard in the water), a 1/2-mile bike ride and a 1/4-mile run.
Here’s a link for more information and to register.

If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at jheckel@news-gazette.com.

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