The Fit List
It’s the July 4th edition of the Fit List, coming at you a day early. Happy Fourth! Here’s your list of races:
Thursday, July 3:
— Rockin’ the Runway 5K
This 5K is this evening 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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.
— Tour de Corn Metric Century
This bike ride is Sunday, July 13, from Chatham. Routes include distances of 21, 41 and 62 miles. Here’s the ride website for more information.
— 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.
Weekend of July 19-20:
— Run for the Bagel
This race on Saturday, July 19, in Mattoon includes a 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk and a 1-mile fun run. You can choose to be timed or not timed in the fun run. Click here for the race website for more information.
— Fisherman’s Trail
This is a 7.5K trail run on Saturday, July 19, at Comlara County Park near Hudson. Some of the race proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Here’s a link for more information and online registration.
— Grand Prairie Museum Ride
This is one of Champaign Cycle’s series of bike rides to area museums. This one is Saturday, July 19, to the Museum of the Grand Prairie at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet. The ride will be 25 to 30 miles, and there is no charge for the ride. Museum admission is also free. Here’s a link for more information.
— Run United 5K
This 5K and kids fun run is Saturday, July 19, in Springfield. The race benefits the United Way of Central Illinois. Here is the race website for more information.
— Palos Meltdown
This is a Chicago-area mountain bike race on Sunday, July 20, at the Palos Forest Preserve. It’s part of the Illinois State Championship Race Series. For more information, go to http://palosmeltdown.com/. Click here for information about the race series.
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 email@example.com.
Photo: Runners head west on Kirby Avenue at the start of the Freedom Celebration 5K. Photo by Bradley Leeb/The News-Gazette.