CHAMPAIGN — Instead of the gentle patter of running shoes, a new fundraising race instead will have competitors clop-clopping down Neil Street.
The Junior League is planning its first-ever Stiletto Sprint the evening of Saturday, Oct. 13. It will start at the intersection of Neil and Church Streets, and the race course will run south to Chester Street.
There will be races for men and women, and everyone who competes must run in heels.
Registration begins at 8 p.m. The race for women begins at 8:30 that evening and the men's race will begin at 9 p.m.
The entry fee for an individual participant is $20, and a team entry fee is $200. A maximum of 15 people can run on a team.
Advance registration is available online at http://www.juniorleaguecu.org  and the first 250 participants receive T-shirts. All proceeds will benefit Junior League Locker, which is a school supply store that provides free supplies to local teachers.
Junior League President Sam King said the stiletto run is one way the organization is diversifying its fundraising efforts.
"This is probably the most fun and relaxed of all of them," King said, referring to Junior League's six fundraisers, especially because it's downtown and gives runners a chance to do so down Neil Street.
In particular, they've targeted University of Illinois students to participate, and the race will feature music and a radio personality from WQQB-FM running the race.
"It will be a really fun environment," King said, while at the same time teaching a younger crowd of residents about Junior League and its League Locker.
And as for men looking for heels to run in, King said: "Probably the Internet is your best bet, and any of the shoe stores in town carry larger sizes."