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
This is an evening 5K race on Saturday at the old Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul. The race starts at 7 p.m. There’s also 5K noncompetitive walk, and there are awards for the most patriotic runners and walkers.
The race is the second of four races that are part of the All Area 5K Championship Circuit .
The Firecracker Classic event going on that evening will include kids’ games, laser tag, a car show, a beer tent, live music and fireworks.
Click here  for the race brochure.
— Kracker Klassic
This is a 5K run and walk, and the Kiddie Klassic 1/4-mile and 1-mile fun runs, on Saturday. There’s no registration fee for the Kiddie Klassic runs, but race officials are accepting donations to the Tolono Emergency Fund and Sadorus Food Pantry.
Here’s a link  to the race form.
— Downs 5K Freedom Run
This is a 5K run and 1-mile walk on Saturday in Downs. The race proceeds go to the town’s Fourth of July celebration.
Here’s a link  to the race form.
— 5K for Orphans
This race at Tipton Park in Bloomington is Saturday. There’s the 5K run, a 1-mile walk and a kids’ fun run. The race proceeds go to help children in an orphanage in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
Race officials are also collecting new or gently used athletic shoes for Soles4Souls.
For more information on the race or the charities it benefits, click here .
— Lytle Park Triathlon
This sprint-distance triathlon is at Lytle Park Pool in Mattoon on Sunday. It consists of a 300-meter swim, a 12.5-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run. You can do the triathlon as an individual or as part of a relay team. The event also includes a free 5K run starting at 7:30 a.m., a half hour before the triathlon start.
You can register for the 5K or the triathlon up to one half-hour before the start.
Here’s a link  for more information and for registration.
— Freedom 5K
This is the 5K run and walk before Champaign-Urbana’s Fourth of July parade. It covers part of the parade route. The 5K starts at 11:05 a.m., and there’s a youth run at 10:30 a.m. The parade starts at 1:05 p.m.
Click here  for more information. There’s a link at the bottom of the page to go to the race form.
— Knights of Columbus 5K
This 5K run and walk is on July 4 in Paxton, in conjunction with its Good Old Fashioned Days 4th of July celebration. The race starts at 8 a.m., and it is the third of the four All Area 5K Championship Circuit  races. There are also 100-meter and 800-meter kids runs.
For more information, click here .
— Park 2 Park 5 Miler
This race is at 7:30 a.m. on July 4 near Miller Park in Bloomington. The racers run through Bloomington and Normal to The Corn Crib baseball stadium in Normal.
There is bus transportation before the race from The Corn Crib to Miller Park, and back to Miller Park from The Corn Crib after the race and awards ceremony.
Here’s a link  to the race form. And here’s a link  for online registration.
— Staley Firecracker 4 and 8 mile Road Run
This event on July 4 in Decatur includes 4- and 8-mile runs and a 2-mile walk. Here’s a link  to the race form.
— 4 for the 4th
This is a 4-mile run and a 2-mile walk in Charleston on July 4. The race benefits the Coles County Habitat for Humanity.
Here’s a link  for the race form.
— Freedom 4-Miler
If you are spending the Fourth of July holiday in St. Louis, you can run this inaugural race through downtown. The 4-mile race is at 7 a.m. There’s also a Family Fun Run 1-mile race that covers part of the parade route. It starts at 8:30 a.m., and the parade is at 10 a.m.
The runs kick off the Fair St. Louis event, which includes a series of concerts starting on July 4th. Click here  for more information about the races.
Weekend of July 6-8:
— Main Street Mile
If you want to see how fast you are at the mile, here you go. This race on Friday evening, July 6, in Peoria is downhill! It benefits the Peoria Area Track &Field Club and Youth Outreach.
Runners compete in heats based on their expected times. Register before July 4th if you want a shirt.
There’s a post-race party with live music.
For more information or to register, go to www.mainstreetmile.net .
— Lakeside Triathlon
This triathlon is Sunday, July 8, at Nelson Park at Lake Decatur. There are two adult races: an intermediate race that is a .75-mile swim, a 19-mile bike ride and a 4.5-mile run; and a short course race that is a 400-yard swim, a 19-mile bike ride and a 5K run.
There are also kids races, a triathlon and a duathlon on Saturday, July 7. The kids triathlon, for ages 10 to 14, is a 250-yard swim, a 3.4-mile bike ride and a 1-mile run. The duathlon has two races. For kids ages 5 to 8, there is a .5-mile run, a 1.5-mile bike ride and a .5-mile run. For kids ages 9 to 14, there is a 1-mile run, a 3.4-mile bike ride and a 1-mile run.
For more information, go to www.decaturtriathlon.com .
— Pedaling for Kicks
These rides are on Saturday, July 7. They start at East White Oak Bible Church, northeast of Normal. There are directions on the race’s website to the start.
Riders can choose from 10-mile or 20-mile family routes, or 20-, 25-, 33-, 40- or 62-mile rides.
For more information, go to www.pedalingforkicks.com .
— Morton Community Bank Cycling Classic
This is a criterium in Morton on Saturday, July 7.
You can register online here through July 4. There is also race day registration up to one half-hour before the race you plan to compete in.
There are a couple of free kids races too — a big wheel event for kids 3 and under, and bicycle races for kids 4 to 6 and 7 to 9.
Also, if at least three pre-registered teammates are carpooling and are traveling more than 150 miles roundtrip, they could get a $50 gas card from the race. Details are on the website , which has a link to the race flier listing the various categories and start times.
Here’s where you can go to register online .
— Scheels 5K
This race is Saturday, July 7, in Springfield. There’s also a Kiddie Run. The races start at the Scheels store and they benefit the Midtown Rotary Club of Springfield and Special Olympics Area 17.
Here’s a link  to the race form, and here’s a link  for online registration.
NOTE: If you want to participate in the Champaign Park District’s Mini Tri on Aug. 4, you need to register soon. The event is limited to 350 people and it usually sells out. As of Friday morning, there were 45 spots left. The registration deadline in July 6.
Here’s a link  for more information about the triathlon.
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Photo: Runners during the 2010 Freedom 5K race. Photo by Heather Coit/The News-Gazette