It’s Boston Marathon weekend! Good luck to all the local runners who will be competing in the marathon on Monday. I’ll be following the race online.
For those staying here in central Illinois this weekend, check out the Champaign Park District’s Race the Greenspace on Saturday. It starts at 8 a.m. at Dodds Park, and the participants will be running/biking/rollerblading/skateboarding — and sometimes taking the bus — all over town. It’s too late to register for the race, but keep an eye out for the teams as they complete the local version of the Amazing Race.
If you’re wanting to run this weekend, here’s the list:
Weekend of April 14-15:
— Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center 5K
This is a 5K "Run, Walk and Wag" on Saturday at the Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center in Tilton. In addition to the 5K race for humans, there is a 1-mile dog walk. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. and the dog walk at 9:15 a.m. Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. Here's a link  for more information.
— Walk, Run or Roll
The Greater Community AIDS Project will hold its Walk, Run or Roll event at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Burwash Park in Savoy.
The walking, running or biking event is a non-competitive event to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and raise money for people in East Central Illinois living with HIV or AIDS. All proceeds go to HIV/AIDS emergency assistance and prevention education programs.
Participants can choose from a 1-mile walk, a 5K run, and a 10-mile or 25-mile bike ride. The walking course is accessible for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs. The events are not timed and there are no awards, but prizes will be given for most money raised and most participants recruited.
For more information or to register, go to http://gcapnow.com  and go to the link for information about the race at the bottom of the page. There is late registration at 8 a.m. Saturday at the park.
— Kick Butts Day 5K Walk/Run
This 5K run and walk is at 9 a.m. Saturday at Morton Park in Charleston. The event is to raise awareness about tobacco and support tobacco control policies and education. It is sponsored by the Eastern Illinois University Health Education Resource Center. The race will be followed by a community picnic.
Here’s a link  for more information and to register.
— Taking Steps to End Child Abuse
This is a 5K run and a 1-mile walk on Sunday at Tipton Park in Bloomington. It supports Children’s Home + Aid.
You can register on race day beginning at 1 p.m. The 5K starts at 2:30 p.m. and the 1-mile Family Walk is at 3:15 p.m.
Here’s a link  to register for the race.
— AHA Darrell Beck 5K
This race, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is on Saturday at Nelson Park in Decatur. You can register on race day from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m.
Here’s a link  for online registration.
— Forget-Me-Not Race for Remembrance
This is a 5K race at Lytle Park in Mattoon on Saturday. The race is organized by students at the Lakeview College of Nursing to promote awareness of pregnancy and infant loss. The race proceeds will benefit newly bereaved parents by helping purchase memorial items to be donated to Empty Arms, a Champaign support group that will provide the items to local hospitals.
Runners can choose to run in memory of an infant, and the infant’s name will be noted along the
Click here  for online registration. Runners can also register on race day from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The race starts at 10 a.m.
Weekend of April 21-22:
— Sullivan Triathlon
This event is at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, and it consists of a 400-meter swim at the Sullivan Civic Center, an 11.7-mile bike ride and a 5K run.
For more information or to register, go to www.sullivanil.us/triathlon.htm .
The event is limited to 300 participants, and registration will close on April 15. (The website says registration closes on April 17 in one place and April 15 in another, so do yourself a favor and register by April 15 if you’re going to do this race.) As of Thursday (April 12) afternoon, there were 240 people registered.
There is also a youth triathlon organized by the Sullivan Blue Dolphins swim team at 9 a.m., consisting of a 100-yard swim, 2.3-mile bike ride and 1-mile run. There is a link for information about the youth triathlon on the Sullivan Triathlon web page.
— Miles for Miracles 5K
This is a 5K run and walk on Saturday, April 21, in Newman. The race benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Here’s a link  to the registration form. There is race day registration from 7 to 8 a.m.
— Race the Roof 5K
This 5K run and walk at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana is Sunday, April 22 — Mom’s Day weekend at the University of Illinois. Walk or run with Mom for a good cause. The race benefits the UI Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Here’s a link  for more information and to register.
— Pounding the Pavement 5K/10K
If you’ll be in Bloomington-Normal this weekend, you can run or walk to benefit the Illinois State University chapter of Habitat for Humanity. This is their race, on Sunday, April 22.
Here’s the link  for the B-N race.
— Girls on the Run East Central Illinois 5K
This race, on Saturday, April 21, in Charleston, is the culmination of a 10-week Girls on the Run program. The program is for 3rd through 8th grade girls and teaches about self-respect, creating healthy habits and making good choices through running games and other activities.
Here is a link  with race information and online registration.
— Tulip 5K Run/Walk for a Cure
This race on Sunday, April 22, in Bloomington raises money toward finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.
Here is a link  to the race form.
Weekend of April 28-29:
— Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
You can’t avoid this if you’re in C-U on marathon weekend, so you might as well run. There are races of all distances, from 5K to full marathon.
If you want to run the half marathon, ENTER NOW. It’s almost full, and the 5K will fill soon as well. Registration for all the races (except the youth run) closes on Monday.
The 5K race is Friday, April 27, at 6:45 p.m. The marathon, half marathon and marathon relay start at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 28, and the 10K race starts at 7:44 a.m. Saturday. The youth run is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Back this year are the Full and Half I-Challenges, which offers a special medal for runners who do both the 5K on Friday evening and either the half or full marathon on Saturday. And new this year is the Mini i-Challenge, for runners who do the 5K on Friday and the 10K on Saturday.
The race website is www.illinoismarathon.com . You’ll find more information about all the races, the routes, the race expo, parking, getting around town on race day and more.
— Born Learning Trail 5K
This race is on Saturday, April 28, on the Born Learning Trail in White Oak Park in Bloomington.
The Born Learning Trail is a paved trail with nine learning activities for parents and children. Teens United for McLean County and the City of Bloomington installed the trail.
The race, at 9 a.m., is sponsored by Teens United for McLean County and the United Way of McLean County to introduce the trail to the public and promote early childhood education. Following the race, there will be a family event to launch the trail, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Here’s a link  for more information and to register. There is race day registration from 8 to 8:45 a.m.
— DR Dash 5K
This is a 5K race and 1-mile walk on Saturday, April 28, at Tipton Park in Bloomington, to raise money for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic this summer by youth from Eastview Christian Church.
Here’s a link  for more information and to register. There is also race day registration at 8 a.m. The race begins at 8:30 a.m.
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