ABC #104
Jan 10 @ 8:30 am

ABC Run/Walk #104 to benefit Sugar Grove Nature Center will be 9:00 a.m., Saturday, January 10, at Sugar Grove Nature Center (doors open at 8:30). Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of ABC Runs (the first ABC run was held in January 2005).

This event is free, with the opportunity for a free-will donation to The Sugar Grove Nature Center. Donations will go towards materials for new children’s benches and an observation honey beehive exhibit for the Nature Center that Roger Aukerman, faithful ABC run participant and carpenter extraordinaire, is working on as well as books for our children’s nature library.”

Donations of any amount are welcome. If you contribute $25 or more and sign a membership form, you will receive a membership to Sugar Grove Nature Center.

Come out to enjoy a winter wonderland by running, walking, or cross-country skiing. Angela Funk, the director of the nature center, will make sure we have a variety of beverages and treats to enjoy. Meg will, of course bring her signature coffee cake. Bring something to share if you wish.

The main running course is a 7 mile loop course on roads. You can turn this into a shorter course by turning around at any point. I hope to lead some adventurers on a trail run (conditions permitting).

Chilly Chili Run
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm

Location: Green Gables, Lake Bloomington

The Lake Run Club’s 26th Annual Chilly Chili Run

  • 4.5 miles – inner loop
  • First 3 Men and Women finishers
  • Best dressed Man and Woman
  • Least dressed Man and Woman


All you can eat chili and free drinks. There will be a variety of road kill in the chili this year. Ranger Rick’s been collecting it all summer and curing it in his shower. Expect an interesting flavor. No cheap crappy door prizes. Sissies need not apply. This race will be run regardless of the weather (since it is a certified DAR). There is a bounty this year on the Kennekuk runners. All runners over 60 must still submit an EKG with their APP. No dogs, cats, ferrets, unruly children or ruly children. No barfing on the course – except at Kirby and Kent’s food (that is questionable) stop. Barf bags will be provided. Fullest bag turned in at finish line will be awarded an extra drink ticket. Same for the chunkiest.

As you know, the guy in the cow pants is AWOL but you never know when you will get a sighting on him. But the other idiots are still here, so come on out.

It’s still eight bucks in advance and ten on race day. (for those of you who work in Systems or Data Processing, $8.00 in advance and $10.00 race day.)

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LRC Annual Membership Meeting
Jan 31 @ 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm

The LRC annual membership meeting and board elections will take place on Saturday, January 31. Please check back for more details.

Race Season Award Celebration
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, January 31
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Cocktail hour at 6 pm, Dinner at 7 pm, Awards at 8 pm
RSVP by Monday, January 26. Mail in registration form and payment or register online.
Questions? Email Jill Usiak or call (309) 242.3933.
Quad Cities Marathon
Sep 27 @ 7:30 am

Location: Quad Cities

The Quad Cities Marathon, a USATF certified course is held annually on the fourth Sunday in September. The 26.2 mile run starts and ends at 1201 River Drive in downtown Moline, IL. The event benefits two worthy causes: prostate cancer research & screening and the Erika Kate Foundation, helping families of children with life threatening heart conditions. The flat and fast course features one of the finest, most scenic river views in the country. It covers 5 races, 4 cities, 3 bridges, 2 states, and 1 island, all along the mighty Mississippi River.