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2020 Bridge the Gap to Health Race

The Bridge the Gap to Health Race features a 5K, 10K, and half marathon for the competitive runner as well as a 5K leisure walk that start at 8:00 a.m. The Paul Arndt Kid’s Fun Run starts at 9:30 a.m. The race takes place in Quincy, IL. on May 16 in Clat Adams Park. The event has hosted a multitude of competitive runners over the years, and maintains a family-friendly atmosphere.

Packet pick-up is available Friday evening before the race on May 15 at our local university or on the morning of the race. We award medals to our top three overall finishers of each race as well as top males and females in each race within each age category.  Details available on our website. We provide 5K and 10K registrants with a t-shirt and the half marathon race provides a full zip apparel item. All race participants receive access to post race food and an alcoholic beverage ticket for race completion. Participants can register on the morning of the race. This year will be the second medal of our three year connecting medal. Check out the medal design here: https://youtu.be/555GRTcRNOA

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Our race course crosses the Mississippi River into Missouri and returns back to Illinois. The half marathon portion of our race continues onto our Klingner Trail with has the largest pedestrian footbridge in Illinois. So join us to cover two states and cross two major bridges in this race.

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Saturday Before Christmas Run

Burned out from too much holiday hassle and gross commercialism? Looking for a bit of fun and some cheap relief? Well, the Saturday Before Christmas Run may be just what you need. No cost, no purpose, no hassle, and as much fun as you want to indulge in.

If you’ve been there before, you know what a crazy event this is.

The run starts any time you wish, depending on how far you want to run. Most runners do the 4.37 mile loop run and start at noon. Don’t want to run that far – start later. Want to run farther, start earlier. But whatever you do, try to be back at Green Gables around 1:00. Traditionally every runner goes home with one of the famous, fabulous, SB4C DOOR PRIZES.

The Details: 

When: The Saturday Before Christmas (December 21) at noon – or before or after (see above) with awards (sort of) at 1:00(ish)

Where: Green Gables at Lake Bloomington (Lake Bloomington Rd east of Interstate 39)

Cost: It hasn’t changed in the entire 26-year history. It is still FREE. 

Distance: 4.37 miles more or less, as you like it. Maybe just the Car to the Bar run, walk, or hobble.

If you find you are disappointed in the event, the organizers still offer a double your money back guarantee. In the event’s entire history, we’ve never had to refund a cent.

Need more details? Call Kirby at (309) 533-8689 or e-mail him at kirby_j_cheek@msn.com. or Tod @ wmsonmx@gmail.com

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IVS New Year’s Day Resolution 5k Run/Walk

Want to start on your running goals for the New Year? Of course you do – the beginning of the year inspires all of us to dream big and set goals. What better way to do it than with like-minded people? We’re going to make it even easier for you by scheduling the run at 10:30 am so you can fully recover from your activities the night before. The 5k length will also be achievable. After all – half of the distance is downhill! 🙂

To sweeten the deal we will be providing gloves to the first 50 registrants! Don’t procrastinate – sign up today and join us on New Year’s Day!

Hot chocolate and cookies at the finish line. Brunch afterwards at a place to be determined.

Same-day packet pick up from 9:15am – 10:15am, Tower Park, Peoria Heights

Trophies for:
Best Overall Male and Female run time – under 50
Best Overall Male and Female run time – 50 and over

Awards will be presented as you cross the finish line.

Schedule of events:
9:15 am-10:15 am: Packet pickup and same-day registration at Tower Park in Peoria Heights, IL
10:30 am: Race start.
11:30 am: Brunch (place TBD)

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Miller Park Zoo Stampede

– Chip-timed by It’s Race Time.
– Accurately measured 5K; mostly flat with a few rolling hills.
– A portion of the route goes through the zoo.
– 5K starts at 10:00am with 3K walk following.
– Fun Run: 1/4 mile, for children ages 10 and under – starts at 9:30am.
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G.R.I.T. Run

“It’s more uphill than down,” the experienced runner panted between gasps. The Grueling, Rugged, Inclined Trail (GRIT) Run is an intense 5K run up hills, through creek beds, along the Sangamon River, and under the canopy of changing autumn leaves. $35 per runner. Kids 12 and under run free. It is the kickoff for the CILCA Homecoming. Find out more about the whole day event at http://www.cilca.org/homecoming.html.

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Veterans Day 5k

Please join us for our very first Veterans Day 5k in honor of Sgt. Josh Rodgers. The event is hosted by Illinois State University’s Veterans fraternity, Omega Delta Sigma, and the Illinois State University Army ROTC program.

Initial packet pick-up is on Friday, November 8th, from 8:00AM – 7:00PM at the Alumni Center. Packets can also be picked up the morning of the race from 8:00AM to 8:45AM.

NOTE: In order to be guaranteed a shirt, tickets have to be registered by October 28th. There will be extras available at a first-come-first-serve basis. When registering, please note your shirt size and the branch of military you would like to support for the race. The colors of the branch you choose will be reflected on the shirt.

The race begins at 9:00AM, but please feel free to hang around for snacks and camaraderie with local veteran and military groups from the community!

For more details and to sign up for the race, please use the link provided. If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate to the Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers Memorial Fund directly, please go to: https://ilprairiecf.org/sgt-joshua-p-rodgers-memorial-fund

If you would like to become a sponsor or have any questions that aren’t answered in the registration link, please message us and we will get back to you ASAP. We look forward to seeing you on race day!

Race Flyer

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Allerton Park Trail Run

The chip-timed trail race that we fondly just call “Allerton” consists of both a 5.7-mile trail run and 2-mile nature walk held on the estate of Robert Allerton Park in Monticello, IL. Allerton is always on the last Sunday in October, which obviously occasionally falls on Halloween.

This time of year at Allerton is beautiful as the trail run winds through fall-colored forests and past the unique gardens and statuary of Allerton Park. The nature walk breaks off from the trail run before the 1st mile marker to explore the gardens of the park before ending across the finish line in the meadow.

We cannot allow dogs or baby strollers on the course. We do not recommend wearing headphones as we encourage you to enjoy the beautiful natural sounds of the park on your trail run. Both trail runners and nature walkers may find hidden roots, ruts, sharp turns, stones stairs, and other obstacles. The race course follows the river which has proven quite challenging over the years, which can often lead to quite a muddy, slippery, and certainly splattery fun and challenging time. Of course, that is what helps make it a trail run! We take great care with preparing the trail to prevent injuries. The day before the race, we have a crew walk the course, clearing it of the large (3 inch!) green walnut balls, branches and marking roots with orange & blue powder.

Both events of the race ends across the finish line in the meadow. Family and friends gather while a local radio station provides music and commentary. We have a post run potluck style brunch that is largely supported by the food items brought by YOU, the race participants and our sponsors. We have an awards ceremony with many age group awards for only the trail run, and a costume contest with many prize drawings. The trail race is presented by the Second Wind Running Club, a 501(c)3 member of the RRCA.

Race shirts are only available through October 12th. Monticello Triple Crown signup is only available through 7:00pm on October 20th. Last day of online registration is Oct 25 at 7pm. All promotions, Second Wind member discounts, and “LakeRun” Club member coupon discounts are only available online. Packet pickup at Body’N Sole in Savoy on Oct 26 11am to 5pm or on race day at the visitor’s center 7am to 8:45am.

Allerton Park Trail Run – 2019 registration form

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ABC # 150 Sugar Grove Nature Center

ABC #150 will benefit the children of Heartland Head Start. ABC runs are free, but donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Checks may be payable to Heartland Head Start.

Courses: Option #1: 7 mile road loop course (or run less by turning around at any point) Option #2: 5 mile trail run (or adapt to desired distance)
Amenities: Water/Gatorade will be near the 3.5 mile point of the road course and at Sugar Grove Nature Center. In the Nature Center will be Meg’s coffee cake as well as water, coffee, bananas, and snack items provided by Heartland Head Start. Bring something to share if you wish.
Directions from Bloomington, IL:
Take I-55 South (toward St. Louis).
Take the Shirley exit (the first exit) #154.
Turn right at the top of the off-ramp, on County Road 34.
Turn left at the T-intersection onto Old Route 66.
Proceed approximately 4.5 miles to Funks Grove Road. Turn right.
Proceed over railroad tracks, and take the first left.
At this point, there will be signs for Sugar Grove Nature Center. Follow this road.
At the Dead End sign, continue straight.
The road will open up to prairie and you will see the nature center buildings on your right.
When you come to the gravel lane, turn right, and proceed to the parking lot.
 
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Instant ASE (Another Stupid Event) So Long Merna Tap SOLD!!!

Nearly Instant ASE

Many years ago the very first ASE (Another Stupid Event) was run at the Merna Tap.  Larry Kelly, owner of the Merna Tap has sold the bar, so the LRC will have a “so long, it’s been great to be here” at the Merna Tap.  Details below.

In addition to the run, with folks often running around the 4 mile section, or whatever you want (a two mile run or walk to the cemetery and back is popular too) we’ll have the usual comradery, some great pub food, and to celebrate, DOOR PRIZES!!!  Mark your calendar, and bring a friend!

 

Details:                 Where- Kelly’s Merna Bar & Grill

                                                15980 north 2300 East Rd.

                                                Merna IL 61761

 

                                When – 11:00 AM to Whenever!?!

Saturday September 28, 2019

 

                                Cost-     The run and fun are always free, food and beverage extra.

 An easy way to get there is to go east on Fort Jesse Road, 4 miles east of Towanda Barnes Rd.

When you see the Grain Elevator Bins, you’re there!

 Hope you can join us for this happy, and probably a bit stupid, celebratory event.  Questions?  Contact Kirby at kirby_j_cheek@msn.com or 309 533-8689.

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LRC Cookout and Trail Run at Funks Grove. Run the Woods Promo and Trail Run Clinic

To promote participation in trail runs like Run The Woods (Oct. 5) and ABC #150 (Oct 6th), the LRC is providing beer and burgers (beef and veggie) this Tuesday (9/24) at the Tuesday night Sugar Grove trail run (same location as the ABC run on Oct 6th).  Most people start at 5:30pm but any time is good.  Multiple distances but 3,4 and 5 miles on the trail are popular.  Some folks walk, some run on the road. There will be a few short stretches of mud (great opportunity for a 20 second walk) so don’t wear your shiny sneakers.
 
  Contact Bill Hahm if you have questions (bill.hahm@gmail.com
 
Directions from Bloomington, IL:
Take I-55 South (toward St. Louis).
Take the Shirley exit (the first exit) #154.
Turn right at the top of the off-ramp, on County Road 34.
Turn left at the T-intersection onto Old Route 66.
Proceed approximately 4.5 miles to Funks Grove Road. Turn right.
Proceed over railroad tracks, and take the first left.
At this point, there will be signs for Sugar Grove Nature Center. Follow this road.
At the Dead End sign, continue straight.
The road will open up to prairie and you will see the nature center buildings on your right.
When you come to the gravel lane, turn right, and proceed to the parking lot.

 
  
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