I keep thinking I’ve worn shorts for the last time this year ... and then it gets warm again. We’ve got at least a few more days of shorts weather this year. Take advantage of it.
Here’s the list of upcoming races:
Weekend of Dec. 1-2:
— Polar Paws
This is a 10K or 5K run with dogs on Saturday at Centennial Park. There will be various dog and human awards, so you might want to consider getting the pup a costume, or at least some reindeer antlers.
The race is sponsored by the Champaign Park District. Go to page 5 of the park district’s Funformation guide for more information. Here’s the link  to the guide.
— Champaign Jingle Bell Run
This 5K run/walk is Sunday at Centennial Park. There’s also a costume contest.
Here’s a link  to the website.
— Frostbite Premier Winter Road Race
This is a 10-mile run and a 2-mile run/walk on Sunday in Springfield.
Here’s a link  to the registration page, which has more information about the event.
— Team Luke 5K
This is a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile fun run and a kids fun run on Saturday in Effingham. It is being held to benefit and honor of Luke Johnson, a child who will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant as treatment for leukemia. Part of the proceeds from the race will go to the Pope John Paul II Stem Cell Research Institute.
Here’s the race brochure .
— Mike Walsh Memorial 5K
This race is on Saturday at Bement Grade School. The race proceeds will benefit local athletic scholarship and athletic programs.
Here’s a link  to the entry form.
Weekend of Dec. 8-9:
— Da Deer Run Run
This is an 8K Euro-style cross country race on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Comlara County Park near Hudson. The race includes trails, steeplechase barriers and creek crossings.
Here’s a link  for more information and to register, and here’s the race brochure .
— Mt. Zion Odd Fellows Frosty 5K
This race is Saturday, Dec. 8, in Mt. Zion, and it’s limited to the first 75 entrants. Runners get entered in a drawing for VISA gift cards, and there’s food afterward.
Here’s a link  to the race form.
— Miller Chill Cyclocross
These cyclocross races are Sunday, Dec. 9, in Bloomington. And after you race, you can compete in the log pulling event!
For more information, go to www.millerchillcx.com .
— Kankakee Jingle Bell Run
This 5K run/walk is Sunday, Dec. 9, in Kankakee. I like that the Kankakee Daily Journal has been a huge supporter of this race.
Here’s a link  to the race website.
If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org .