The Fit List

The Fit List

I can tell it’s spring when the race calendar starts filling up. So many races to choose from. Here’s your list:

 

Friday, April 8:

Allerton Trails Trail Glo 5K

This 5K is a night run this evening at Allerton Park near Monticello. There will be illuminated trail markings but runners should bring a headlamp or flashlight. Go to http://www.allertontrailshalfmarathon.com/ for more information.

 

Weekend of April 9-10:

Allerton Trails Half Marathon

The half marathon and 10K races are Saturday on the trails at Allerton Park near Monticello. The race benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. Go to http://www.allertontrailshalfmarathon.com/ for more information.

 

Illinois Veterans Memorial 5K

This 5K is Sunday on the University of Illinois campus. The race benefits the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. Go to http://www.illiniveterans.org/5k for more information. Click here for online registration.

 

Illini Chill Bike Ride

This ride is Saturday -- a couple months later in the year than in the past -- and it starts in St. Joseph. The 22+-mile ride goes to Homer Lake, and registration includes breakfast at St. Joseph Middle School and lunch at Living Word Fellowship Church in St. Joseph. Click here for the ride flyer.

 

Potowatomi Trail Runs

This series of ultra runs began Thursday and continues through Sunday at McNaughton Park in Pekin. It includes a 200-mile race that began on Thursday, a 150-mile race that begins today (Friday), and 50-mile and 100-mile races and a 30-mile fun run beginning on Saturday. Go to http://www.potawatomitrailruns.com/geninfo.htm for more information.

 

Danville 5K

This race is Saturday in Danville. It includes a 5K and a 1-mile fun run. Go to http://www.danville5k.org/ for race information.

 

Beautiful Southern Ride

This bike ride in southern Illinois is Saturday. It starts in Carbondale and includes routes of 30, 62 and 75 miles. Go to http://beautifulsouthernride.com/ for more information. Here’s a link to the race flyer.

 

Run Walk Crawl

This race is Saturday in Paris. It includes a 10K, 5K and 1-mile run. Here’s a link for more information.

 

LHS Key Club Thirst Project 5K

This 5K is Saturday in LeRoy. The LeRoy High School Key Club is using the race to raise money to build a freshwater well in Swaziland. Go to https://www.thirstproject.org/ to find out more about the project. Here’s a link to the race flyer.

 

Weekend of April 16-17:

Strides Against Hunger

This 5K and 1-mile run/walk is Saturday, April 16, in Arcola. The race benefits the Arcola Food Pantry, and the pantry will provide a free breakfast for racers and community members. Click here for the race flyer.

 

Syrian Refugees 5K

This 5K is Sunday, April 17, on the University of Illinois campus.  The race benefits Embrace Relief, a non-profit organization providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief. For more information, go to http://uiucsyrianrefugees5k.weebly.com/.

 

Run to Rescue 5K

This 5K race and 1-mile run/walk is Saturday, April 16, at Tipton Park North in Bloomington. The race is a fundraiser for Catalyst Ministries. For more information, go to http://runtorescue5k.com/index.html.

 

Run for Respect 5K

This 5K race and 1-mile fun run is Saturday, April 16, in Pontiac. The race benefits Illinois Special Olympics and Pontiac Township High School’s Peers in Action programs. For more information, go to http://runforrespect.weebly.com/.

 

Westside 5K

This 5K race and kids fun run is Sunday, April 17, in Bloomington. The race benefits West Bloomington non-profit organizations. For more information, go to http://www.westbloomington.org/. Here’s a link for online registration.

 

Taking Steps to end Child Abuse 5K

This 5K run and 1-mile walk is Sunday, April 17, in Bloomington. The race benefits the Children’s Home + Aid’s Family Visitation Center. Click here for online registration.

 

Little Miracles 5K/10K

This 5K and 10K race is Saturday, April 16, in Springfield. The race benefits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. John’s Children’s Hospital. Go to http://www.littlemiraclesrun.com/ for more information.

 

Weekend of April 23-24:

Running of the Rams

This 5K race and kids run is Saturday, April 23, at St. John Lutheran School in Champaign. The object of this race is for the participants to beat the fastest runners on the course -- the rams -- who will start later and try to catch you. Good luck -- you’ll need it. University of Illinois wheelchair athletes will be the rams.

For all you bearded runners, the theme for this year’s race is lumberjacks, and there will be a prize for the best beard. I know several runners who would be good candidates for this prize! For more information, go to http://stjohnls.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/runningoftherams5k/.

 

Sullivan Civic Center Triathlon

This sprint triathlon is Saturday, April 23, at the Sullivan Civic Center. It is a 400-meter swim in an indoor pool, a 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run. The triathlon is limited to 300 participants, and registration closes April 20. Go to http://www.cuttingedgeevents.net/civic.html for more information. Here’s the link for online registration.

 

Abe’s Mini and Pioneer Sprint triathlons

These triathlons are Saturday, April 23, at Petersburg. Abe’s Mini is a 100-yard swim, 5-mile bike ride and 1-mile run. The Pioneer Sprint is a 300-yard swim, 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Go to http://triharderpromotions.com/ for more information.

 

MCStrong 5K Classic

This 5K race is Saturday, April 23, at The Corn Crib in Normal. It benefits The Michael Collins Foundation, which supports several charitable causes. Here’s a link for more information.

 

Tulip 5K for a Cure

This race is Sunday, April 24, in Bloomington. The race proceeds benefit pancreatic cancer research. Go to http://www.bnjaycees.org/events/tulip-5k/ for more information.

 

Junaia Carter M.D. 5K

This race is Saturday, April 23, in Springfield. The race proceeds benefit M.E.R.C.Y. Communities of Springfield. Click here for online registration.

 

Upcoming races:

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

Marathon weekend is April 29-30, and the races include the Friday night (April 29) 5K and the Saturday (April 30) marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 10K and youth run. Online registration closes April 15. You can register for races at the expo on April 28 and 29 if there are spots available. Go to http://illinoismarathon.com/ for more information.

 

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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