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Some good races coming up. Saturday is the inaugural (and sold out) Big Ten Network’s Big 10K in Chicago. If you’re running it, I’d like to hear how it went.
Here’s the list of races you can still get into.

Tonight, July 27:
Detweiller at Dark

Open water

Becky Dey of Champaign has always loved being in the water, but it was when she was recovering from a running injury that she got more serious about swimming.

Dey took some swim lessons in the mid-1990s, joined a master’s swim team and then started swimming more in open water.

“I always liked swimming outdoors, in rivers and lakes,” she said.

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Good luck to all the St. Jude runners this weekend who are heading to Peoria. Here’s the other runs going on:

Weekend of July 21-22:
Run for the Bagel

The Fit List

Check out the Fisher Fair 5K on Saturday if you’re looking for a fun race to run. It always gets a good crowd. I’m waiting to race again until the following weekend and the Bagelfest in Mattoon.
Here’s the list of races for the next couple of weekends:

Weekend of July 14-15:
Fisher Fair 5K

Safety begins with being smart

Finally! A day when temperatures stay in the 80s.

It seems strange to look forward to 80 degrees for running, biking, tennis or softball. After the past couple of weeks, though, it is such a relief.

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Temperatures are still going to be pretty brutal on Saturday, but after that we’ll get a bit of a cool-down. Can’t wait!
Here’s the list of upcoming races:

Weekend of July 6-8:
Main Street Mile

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If you’re racing this weekend, don’t push it too hard in this heat and drink a lot of water. I’m hoping it starts cooling down some before Saturday evening’s race in Rantoul. Have fun, and have a happy Fourth!
Here’s the list:

Weekend of June 30-July 1:
Rockin the Runway

Le Grand Tour

If watching the Tour de France inspires you to get out on your bike, there’s a series of rides in Champaign-Urbana that might appeal to you.

OK, so we've got no Alpe d'Huez here, but there are plenty of nice, flat roads to ride on. Le Grand Tour de Champaign is a series of local rides that coincide with the Tour de France schedule.

Each dog has its day

Every other weekend, this group of runners meets on a Sunday morning for a romp on a trail through a prairie meadow.

For the two-legged participants — all dog lovers — it’s a run with man’s best friend.

For their four-legged friends, it’s an opportunity for some exercise, a change of scenery and a chance to get to know some new humans.

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So many runs this weekend, and a ride in Decatur. If you run a race you really like, I’d like to hear about it.
Here’s the list for this weekend, as well as the next weekend and upcoming Fourth of July races.

Weekend of June 23-24:
Walldog Jog