Here is your list of races for the next few weekends.
Weekend of May 25-26:
— Capital City Biathlon
This biathlon is Saturday in Springfield. It consists of a 5K run followed by a 15-mile bike ride. Here’s a link for more information.
— Bike the Drive
Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is bikes only -- no cars -- for five hours on Sunday morning. The ride benefits the Active Transportation Alliance. Click here for more information.
Monday, May 27:
— Springdale Salute
This Memorial Day race on Monday in Peoria has a 5K race and an untimed 1-mile run/walk. The race benefits the Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing, which supports veterans with repairs to their homes. Click here for online registration.
— Fightin’ Irish 5K Ken Klipp Classic
This 5K is Monday in Kankakee. In addition to the 5K, there is a 2-mile walk and a Leprechaun Dash for kids ages 9 and under. Here’s a link with more information.
Weekend of June 1-2:
— Countryside 10K
This 10K on Saturday, June 1, in Sidney. The race starts and finishes at Witt Park and the course is on country roads outside of town. Sidney Dairy Barn will have ice cream sandwiches at the finish, and there is a post-race party at Riggs Beer Company in Urbana. Here’s a link for more information and online registration.
This triathlon and duathlon is Saturday, June 1, at Comlara County Park near Hudson. The sprint triathlon is a 600-yard swim in Evergreen Lake, a 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run. The duathlon is a 2-mile run, a 13-mile bike ride and another 2-mile run. Click here for the race website.
— Unity Color Run
This race is Saturday, June 1, in Tolono. It includes a 5K color run and a 1K kids color run. The event is a fundraiser for the Unity cross country program. Here’s a link for more information and online registration.
— Happy Camper Trail Race
This trail race is Saturday, June 1, at Lewis Memorial Acres in Springfield. There are race distances of 5 miles and 2.5 miles. Click here for more information and online registration.
— St. Jude Dash and Bash Run
This race is Saturday, June 1, in Sullivan. There is a 5K run, a 1-mile superhero obstacle run and a Tot Trot. The event is a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and it includes food, kids’ games and carnival rides, a softball tournament, an under-18 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a car show, and a beer tent and bands. Click here for more information and online registration, and here for the event’s Facebook page.
— Tour de Charleston
This bike race is Saturday, June 1, in Charleston. It includes distances of 12.5, 25 and 50 miles, as well as a 1-mile family fun ride. Here’s a link to the event’s Facebook page, and here’s a link for online registration.
— Ride United
This bike ride is Sunday, June 2, in Decatur. The ride includes distances of 20, 40 and 60 miles, and a gravel route. The ride benefits the United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, June 5:
— The Big Run 5K -- Decatur and Bloomington
Fleet Feet is celebrating Global Running Day with 5Ks at its locations across the country, and the stores in Decatur and Bloomington are participating. The races are timed and the results will be added to a national leaderboard, and the overall and age group winners nationally will receive cash prizes. The Decatur race is free but pre-registration is required. It will be followed by snacks, raffles and games. There is an entry fee for the Bloomington race, which kicks off the store’s Sizzlin’ Summer Run Series. Here’s a link for more information and online registration for the Decatur run and here’s the link for the Bloomington run.
Weekend of June 8-9:
— Lake Mingo Trail Run
— Lytle Park Tri
This sprint triathlon is Saturday, June 8, in Mattoon. The race is a 300-meter swim in a pool, a 12.5-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Here’s a link for more information.
— Loop Lake Shelbyville
This bike ride is Saturday, June 8, at Lake Shelbyville. There are ride distances of 22, 47 and 65 miles. Proceeds from the ride will benefit Friends of Lake Shelbyville. Click here for more information and here for the event’s Facebook page.
— Lincoln’s Legacy of Giving 5K/10K
This race with distances of 5K and 10K is Saturday, June 8, at Stuart Park in Springfield. It’s part of a two-day music festival, with proceeds from the festival going to various charities. Runners will get free passes to the festival. Click here for online registration. Here’s more information about the music festival.
— Safe House Run
This 5K race is Saturday, June 8, in Normal. In addition to the 5K, there is a half-mile kids run. The race is a fundraiser for Global Hands of Hope Uganda and Lifesong for Orphans, which built a safe house in Uganda for young girls at risk for abuse. The race proceeds will go toward expenses associated with operating the safe house. Here’s a link for online registration.
If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at email@example.com.