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It’s the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Fitness 5K race this weekend.

The race began in 1986. It gets between 200 and 300 runners every year, and it has donated more than $20,000 to Crisis Nursery and the Center for Women in Transition in the last 15 years.

Go, girl! (Guys: cheer from the sidelines.)

This Saturday is the Women’s Fitness 5K race at Crystal Lake Park.

It’s a women-only race that’s been around for 25 years now.

For the first time ever, two men registered for the race this year.

Earth-friendly ride

If you bike to work or for errands rather than driving, you’re already doing something good for the environment.

You can enjoy a bike ride around town and find out how to be more environmentally friendly on the EcoTour this weekend.

Amish Country bike tour

About 600 people rode the Amish Country Bicycle Tour Saturday, according to one volunteer from the Decatur Bicycle Club.

It was perfect weather for the ride, which went east and south of Arthur. There were routes of 20, 42, 60 and 100 miles.

Below are a few photos from the ride.

The Fit List

This is one of my favorite fall weekends, with two events I really like.
On Saturday, there’s a bike ride around Amish country near Arthur, my hometown. And on Sunday, there’s the Shoreline Classic 15K around Lake Decatur.
Check them out — they’re both lots of fun. And be sure to say Hi if you see me there.

Run@Work Day

A group of employees at Human Kinetics in Champaign run together during their lunch hour.

Others use the on-site gym to play basketball, weight train, or work out on a treadmill or elliptical machine. Or they take a yoga class during the day.

So it seems natural the company would participate in Run@Work Day this week.

Michelle Mehnert's triathlon recap

Michelle Mehnert, a University of Illinois junior, member of the UI swim team and triathlete, competed in the Short Course Triathlon World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday. She finished tenth in her age group. She has been writing a series of guest blogs about her training for the world championships. This is her recap of her race this past weekend.

Michelle Mehnert's triathlon results

Michelle Mehnert — University of Illinois swimmer and triathlete — competed in the triathlon age group Short Course World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday. (Actually, it was late Saturday night, our time.)

She finished 10th out of 55 athletes in her age group, 20- to 24-year-old women, and third among the U.S. athletes in that age group.

The Fit List

So next Friday, Sept. 17, is the 5th annual Run@Work Day.
The event was created by the Road Runners Club of America to encourage people to run or walk 30 minutes daily, and to encourage companies to build time into the workday for physical activity for employees.

Michelle Mehnert's triathlon diary, entry #4

Michelle Mehnert, a triathlete and University of Illinois swimmer, will be competing in the Short Course Triathlon World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, this weekend. She’s been writing a series of guest blogs about her training for the world championships. In her fourth guest blog for The Starting Line, she writes about preparing for the trip abroad.