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Cyclists from around the state will be in Champaign County this weekend for the Illinois State Time Trial Championships.

It will be the first time the event has been held in central Illinois. A local racing team, Scarlet Fire Racing, won the chance to organize the race through a competitive bidding process by the Illinois State Cycling Association.

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I’m riding on Saturday morning in the C-U Across the Prairie ride. See you on the roads if you’ll be out there too. Here’s your list of races for the next few weekends:

Weekend of Aug. 24-25:
C-U Across the Prairie

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What an August! It’s great running weather — feels more like fall. Great weather for some PRs at the Mahomet half marathon this weekend.
Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of Aug. 17-18:
Mahomet Half Marathon and 5K
These races are Saturday in Mahomet and they benefit the Mahomet Area Youth Club.

Peoria or bust

I’ve run a LOT of races. But as many charities as there are associated with marathons, half marathons and other races, I’d never run an event to raise money for a cause until this year.

I joined the Champaign to Peoria St. Jude Run this year. The 35 runners started out Friday evening, Aug. 2, and ran 102 miles from Champaign to Peoria, arriving there late Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3.

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I’m looking forward to cheering on the ultrarunners at Howl at the Moon this weekend. Good luck in your races this weekend, whether you’re running for eight hours or running a 5K.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of Aug. 10-11:
SJO 5K

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I’m heading out of Champaign this evening, on the road to Peoria with a bunch of other runners for the Champaign to Peoria St. Jude Run. This relay benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We’re leaving from downtown, right in front of Big Grove at around 6 p.m. If you’re downtown, come cheer us on.

Howl at the Moon

Rob Apple of Nashville, Tenn., is a prolific ultramarathoner. He runs 30 to 40 events each year, and he’s run a total of 655 ultramarathons. Most recently, he ran races in the Alps, in Chamonix, France, and Verbier, Switzerland.

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I’d love to be running the mile in St. Joe tonight — sounds like a lot of fun — but I’m headed to Springfield to hang with Abe. If you’re doing one of the triathlons over there on Saturday, be sure to say hi.
If you’re not, head out to St. Joe tonight and see how fast you can go for a mile. It’s for a good cause — the entry fee goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

My kind of tri

I’ve been doing more triathlons in the past couple of years. I enjoy them, but for a relative novice, race day is a little nerve-wracking. Especially when I see the other competitors with their wetsuits or trisuits, and their fancy bikes with the aerobars. I ride a 26-year-old bike that doesn’t even have clipless pedals!

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Have a good weekend running or riding or whatever activity you choose. I’ll be doing a little of both, with some swimming thrown in too. And here’s your list of races.

Weekend of July 20-21:
Run for the Bagel
This race includes 10K and 5K runs, a 5K walk, and a 1-mile run (timed or not timed — you choose). They are on Saturday in Mattoon.