The Fit List

The Fit List

Here's your list for the holiday weekend and beyond:


Weekend of May 28-30:

Bike the Drive

This ride is Sunday on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. A portion of the drive is closed to car traffic and open to bicycles for about five hours beginning at 5:30 a.m. There’s a post-ride festival with breakfast and live music. The ride supports the Active Transportation Alliance, an advocacy organization for bicycling, walking and public transportation. Go to for more information.


Memorial Day 5K

This 5K is Monday -- Memorial Day. It’s at the Veterans Administration Illiana Healthcare System in Danville. All proceeds from the race benefit the veterans at the VA hospital. Here’s a link for the race flier and here’s a link for online registration.


Memorial Mile

This 1-mile run is Monday in Bloomington. The route follows the Memorial Day parade route in downtown Bloomington and ends in Miller Park. There will be five heats for various divisions by age and speed. Click here for more information.


Springdale Salute

This 5K is Monday at Lower Glen Oak Park in Peoria. The race goes through Springdale Cemetery. I’ve run there; it’s hilly. There’s a cash prize for the most patriotic costume. There’s also a 1-mile fun walk. The race proceeds will be used to make home repairs for area veterans. Here’s a link for more information.


Weekend of June 4-5:

Countryside 10K and 5K

This race is Saturday, June 4, at Witt Park in Sidney. It is a fundraiser for the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship and Ag Literacy programs. The race includes 5K and 10K distances. Click here for more information and online registration.


The One & Only 5K

This 5K race is Saturday, June 4, in Farmer City. Race proceeds benefit a scholarship program of the Farmer City Chamber of Commerce. Here’s a link for more information.


Erin’s Annual 5K/10K Run/Walk Against Cystic Fibrosis

This race is Saturday, June 4, in Tuscola. Race proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information, go to


St. Jude Dash and Bash

This 5K race on June 4 in Sullivan. There is also a 1-mile fun run and a tot trot. The 5K run/walk events are timed but non-competitive. Race proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Runners are encouraged to dress as superheroes. Here’s a link to the race flier and here’s a link to online registration.



This is a sprint triathlon and a duathlon on Saturday, June 4, at Comlara County Park near Hudson. The triathlon consists of a 600-yard swim in Evergreen Lake, a 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run. The Dri-Shark duathlon consists of a 2-mile run, 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Each event can also be entered by two- and three-person relay teams as well as individuals. Here’s a link for more information.


Ride United

This bike ride is Sunday, June 5, starting from Fairview Park in Decatur. There are 10-, 20-, 40- and 60-mile routes to choose from. Click here for more information.


French Fried 5K

This is a 5K followed by a street party on Saturday, June 4, in Decatur. The run is a competitive, timed event. But the less serious “funners” can walk the route, get beer and French fries at aid stations and take a shortcut to the street party. Here’s a link for more information.


Galesburg Half Marathon

This race is Sunday, June 5, in Galesburg. It includes a half marathon, 5K and a 1-mile fun run/walk. Go to for more information.

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