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The Fit List

The Fit List is all about the bike rides this weekend. I’ve not done any of these rides before, but they all sound like fun. If you ride one of them, let me know how you like it.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of Oct. 1-2:
— Prairie Pedal
This Sunday ride is a fundraiser for the Macon County Conservation Foundation.

The Fit List

This weekend is the 26th Women’s Fitness Run — the oldest event in the area and one that benefits the Center for Women in Transition and the Crisis Nursery.
This women-only race is Sunday at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. There’s a 5K run, a 5K fitness walk and a kids’ dash for kids under age 12.
The race always has unique awards.

Marathon mission

When Stephanie Baliga runs the Chicago Marathon next month, she’ll have a time goal in mind. But more importantly for the former University of Illinois cross-country runner, she’ll be raising money to renovate a church that serves a poor west Chicago neighborhood.

The Fit List

I love that there are so many fall races and rides to choose from. I’ll be in Decatur on Sunday for the Shoreline Classic. Registration has closed for that race, but there are plenty more to choose from. Check out the list:

Weekend of Sept. 17-18:
— Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour

The Fit List

This weekend you can run to remember the heroes of 9/11, or to support women with breast cancer or people with autism. You can also bike Springfield or run the brick streets of Arcola.
So many races this time of year! Choose one and have fun.

Weekend of Sept. 10-11:
— Arcola Broom Corn Festival 10K and 5K

"Everyman's Tour de France"

Jim and Jay Yost rode through the villages of northwestern France on their bicycles recently, as spectators lined the streets and applauded, offered water and kept cafes open in the wee hours of the night for weary cyclists who might want a sandwich or drink.

The Yosts’ ride at times felt like that more famous bike race.

The Fit List

There are plenty of races this holiday weekend. If you’re running one on Saturday, it could feel pretty toasty. But by Monday’s Rat Race in Arthur, it should be nice and cool.
Here’s what’s coming up this weekend, and the following two weekends.

Weekend of Sept. 3-5:
— Sweetcorn 5K Classic

Local running club to be represented at UI cross country meet

If you’re headed out to watch the Illini Challenge cross-country meet Friday evening, look for some area runners representing the Second Wind Running Club in the meet.

The meet allows unattached collegiate and post-collegiate runners to compete.

The Fit List

Ready for the Crazy K this weekend? You can still register online today and at the Champaign County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Should be a hoot.
Here’s the list of other area races for the next few weekends.

Weekend of August 27-28:
— Car-X Crazy K

Run the Crazy K this weekend

If you’ve been thinking about racing the Car-X Crazy K this weekend, it’s not too late to join a team or sign up on your own to run through a mud pit, climb a hay stack, crawl through a tunnel and negotiate a sea of tires.