The Fit List

The Fit List

Here’s your list of races. Now go have fun!

Friday, July 25:
Deitweiller at Dark
These races are on a cross country course at Deitweiller Park in Peoria this evening. There are heats for junior high girls, junior high boys, high school girls, high school boys, and an open category for men and women ages 20 and up. There is race day registration for individuals. Find out more at

This 5K is on the evening of Friday in Peoria. It’s a fundraiser for the Friends of the Children of Haiti, and the event also includes a post-race party with food, live music and a silent auction. Click here for more information.

Weekend of July 26-27:
Crusader 5K Run/Walk
This race is Saturday at The High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign. There’s a 5K race and a children’s fun run. Proceeds from the race benefit Holy Cross School. Here’s a link for online registration.

Route 66 Half Iron, Iron Abe and Stoneman Sprint triathlons
I like these races so much, I keep going back every year. The races are Saturday in Springfield. The Route 66 Half Iron distance consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a half marathon. The Iron Abe is a .9-mile swim, a 24.8-mile bike ride and a 10K run. And the Stoneman Sprint is a 500-yard swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run. You can enter any of the races as an individual or as part of a relay team. Online registration has closed, but you can register at packet pickup this evening or Saturday morning. For more information, go to and click on the tab for the race at the top of the page.

Odd Fellows 5K/10K
This race includes a 5K and 10K, and it’s in Mt. Zion on Saturday. Here’s a link to the race website for more information.

Hudson LIONS Prowl 5K
This is a 5K run and 2K walk on Saturday in Hudson. Click here for more information.

JT’s 5K Run
This 5K is Saturday in Peoria. The race is to raise awareness of melanoma and money for melanoma research. Go to for more information.

Manteno Triathlon
This sprint triathlon is Saturday in Manteno. Distances are an 800-meter swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Here’s a link for more information. Online registration is closed but you can register on race day if the race hasn't reached its limit.

Bike to Brew
This ride sounds like a LOT of fun. It’s an evening ride through Chicago on Saturday that ends with a post-ride party at Revolution Brewery. Find out more at

Quad-City Times Bix 7
This is a race on my bucket list. It’s in Davenport, Iowa, and includes the Bix, a 7-mile race, and the Quick Bix, a 2-mile race, on Saturday, and a Jr. Bix, with various distances for kids ages 12 and under, this evening. You can still register for the Bix this evening, but there is no race day registration. Check out the race website at

Friday, Aug. 1:
Midnight Mayhem
This is a midnight 5K trail race on Friday, Aug. 1, at Farmdale Reservior in East Peoria. It’s one of a series of Midnight Mayhem races by the Central Illinois Trail Running Alliance. Runners are required to wear a headlamp. Here’s a link for registration, and here’s a link for information about the Midnight Mayhem races.

Weekend of Aug. 2-3:
Battle of the Genders 10-mile Road Race
This race, on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 2, in Urbana, gives women a 10-minute start on the men. The first three people across the finish line win a coupon for a Papa John’s pizza. This no-frills race is organized by the CU Racing Team. The entry fee is only $5, it’s run on country roads and runners keep track of their own times on their watches.
For more information and a hand-drawn map of the course, go to

Villa Grove Ag Days 5K
This race is Saturday, Aug. 2, in Villa Grove. Here’s a link to the Facebook page for the race.

This is a 5K race, a 1-mile walk and a kids fun run on Saturday, Aug. 2, in Philo. The race raises money for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. There’s a block party with a beer tent and live music in the evening. The evening events will benefit Hope4Aubree, a project that helps families who lose babies. For more information or for a link to online registration or the event’s Facebook page, go to

Tom Short 5K
This is a 5K trail run and 1-mile run/walk on Saturday, Aug. 2, on the General Dacey Trail in Shelbyville. There is a team competition available. Race participants and their families get free entry to the Shelbyville Aquatic Center for a pool party after the race. Race proceeds will be used to maintain the General Dacey Trail.
Go to and click on the Tom Short registration icon about halfway down the page for the race flyer.

Two Rivers Century Ride
This ride is Sunday, Aug. 3, in Kankakee County. There are routes made up of various loops that riders can combine for distances of 22, 47, 62, 80, 100 and 124 miles. Go to for more information.

Olympia Area Kiwanis Corn Daze 5K
This race is Sunday, Aug. 3, at Minier, west of Bloomington. Click here for more information.

Illinois State Time Trial Championships
This is the second year the state time trial cycling championship has been held in Central Illinois. This year’s race is Sunday, Aug. 3, on a course starting and ending in Tolono.
Here’s a link for online registration, which closes July 31. Pre-registration is required for all riders other than those competing in the open category.

Kenda DINO Mountain Bike Series race at Kickapoo
This mountain bike race is Saturday, Aug. 2, at Kickapoo State Recreation Area. It’s part of the DINO (Do INdiana Off-Road) series of races, and it’s the first time one of their races has been in Illinois in more than 15 years, according to the website. Find out more here.

Weekend of Aug. 9-10:
This race is Saturday, Aug. 9, in St. Joseph. In addition to the 5K, there’s a 1K kids fun run. The event is a fundraiser for the St. Joseph Middle School and St. Joseph-Ogden High School track and cross country programs. This is also the final event of the All Area 5K Championship Circuit. For more information about the St. Joe race, go to

Mid August Meltdown
This triathlon is Sunday, Aug. 10, at Lake Sara Beach at Effingham. It includes a 400-meter swim, a 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run. You can do this race as an individual or as part of a team. Online registration closes at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 but you can register at the race. Click here for more information.

Cruisin the Cornfields
This ride is Saturday, Aug. 9, from Sullivan. There are 16-mile and 41-mile routes. Here’s a link to online registration.

Evergreen Lake 5K
This is a 5K race and 1/4-mile kids fun run on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Evergreen Lake at Comlara County Park, near Hudson. The race benefits McLean County Parks and Recreation and the Miracle League of Central Illinois. Click here for more information, including a link to the race flyer and to online registration.

F.L.I.P. 4 Findlay 5K
This 5K race is Saturday, Aug. 9, in Findlay. Click here for more information, including a link to the race flyer and to online registration.

Momence Lions Glad Run
This event on Saturday, Aug. 9, includes 10K and 5K runs, a 5K Team Challenge and a 5K competitive walk. The races are held in conjunction with the Momence Gladiolus Festival. Here’s a link for online registration.

Black Partridge Classic
This is a mountain bike race on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Black Partridge Park in Metamora . It’s part of the Illinois State Championship Race series, sponsored by the Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association. (The Black Partridge race was originally scheduled for May; the location was changed to Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City due to flooding. The August race, originally to be at Wildlife Prairie Park, was moved to Black Partridge Park.) Here’s a link to online registration, and here’s a link to information about the race series.

If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at

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