The Labor Day weekend festival races are coming!
Join me in my hometown for Arthur’s 5K Rat Race. It’s really flat, and you’ll get a hunk of cheese after the race.
The 5K is part of Arthur’s Cheese Festival during Labor Day weekend. The race is on Labor Day, Sept. 6.
There’s a 1-mile fun run starting at 8 a.m., a 5K walk at 8:15 a.m., and the 5K run starting at 8:30 a.m. My daughter will be doing the kiddie fun run at 9:30 a.m., where the kids chase costumed characters — a rat and a piece of cheese — down the street. You don’t want to miss that.
The big door prize is a drawing for $100. I won it a few years ago (and I swear the drawing wasn’t rigged, even though I’m a hometown girl).
Here’s a link to the website  for more information. There’s a link for the entry form about halfway down the page. Register by Sept. 1 and save $5.
Here’s what’s coming this weekend, and in the next couple of weeks:
Weekend of Aug. 28-29:
— Daycation Museum Bicycle Tour
This is the third and last ride in this summer bicycle tour series. This ride on Saturday is to the Early American Museum in Mahomet to see its Lincoln exhibit. The ride leaves from Countryside School at Staley Road and Kirby Avenue at 9 a.m.
There’s no charge for the ride or for admission to the museum. For more information, go to http://champaigncycle.com  and click on “2010 Daycation Museum Bike Tour Series.”
— Peace to Meece 5K
This 5K run is on Saturday at 8 a.m. on the Eastern Illinois University cross-country course. It’s in memory of Ryan Meece, an EIU cross-country runner between 1993 and 1998. He died in 2009.
The race benefits the “Peace to Meece” organization, which provides scholarships to EIU cross-country athletes and supports other philanthropic causes.
There’s also a kids’ fun run. For more information, go to www.peacetomeece.com .
— Staci’s Country Miles 5K
Another 5K run and walk on Saturday. This one, in Royal, benefits Prairieview-Ogden North school. Registration on race day is at 6:30 a.m., with the race starting at 7 a.m. You can register here  at active.com.
Questions? Send an e-mail to email@example.com  or call (217) 202-9704.
Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-6:
— Sweetcorn 5K Classic
Hoopeston’s Sweetcorn Festival includes a 5K race on Saturday, Sept. 4. There’s also a 1-mile fun run/walk and the Little Corn Eaters Run for kids age 6 and under.
Here’s a link to the entry form .
— Great Illini Challenge triathlons
These races are also the Saturday (Sept. 4) of Labor Day weekend at Lake Mattoon at Neoga. There’s an Olympic distance race (1.5K swim, 24.8-mile bike ride, and 10K run) and a Half-Ironman race (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, half-marathon run).
Click here  for more information.
Weekend of Sept. 11-12:
— F.A.S.T. 5K
This is the second year for this race, which will be Sept. 11 at Crystal Lake Park. F.A.S.T. stands for “Friends And Survivors Together,” and the race benefits the Rape Advocacy Counseling & Education Services organization, which serves Champaign, Piatt, Douglas and Ford counties.
The race is at 9 a.m., and you can register on race day from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. If you register before Aug. 31, you save $5 on your entry fee.
The race allows strollers on the course, but they must start behind all runners and walkers and they cannot enter the finish chute.
For more information and for an entry form, go to www.cu-races.org  and click on the “FAST 5K” tab at the top right. Call (217) 344-6298 with questions.
— Arcola Broom Corn Festival 10K and 5K
The first road race I ever ran was this 10K ... a LONG time ago!
The race is on Sept. 11 and includes 10K and 5K runs and a 5K walk. The race starts at 8 a.m. You can register until 7:30 a.m. on race day.
Register by Sept. 6 and save $5.
I couldn’t find a website for this race, but you can register online at www.signmeup.com . Search for the race under “Find Event” at the top. It listed Jodie Dague and Jason Butler as contacts, at (217) 621-1370.
Also, I found an entry form for the race at Body n’ Sole Sports in Savoy.
— Heartland Half-Marathon and 5K
The Broken Arrow Road Runners club in Effingham is hosting these races on Sept. 12. Both the half-marathon and the 5K run/walk start at 7:30 a.m. at Effingham High School.
Save $10 by entering by Sept. 1. You can also register at packet pick-up at the high school, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 and from 6 to 7 a.m. Sept. 12.
Go to www.runeffingham.com  and click on “Register for the Heartland Half Marathon” for more information.
— Four Seasons 5K
This 5K run and 1-mile family walk is at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11 in Tipton Park in Bloomington. It’s sponsored by the Four Seasons Health Club. Here’s a link to the race form .
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