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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!

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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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NCHS Color Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

5k consisting of a mostly flat course with a few slight hills.
5k starts at 5:00 p.m.
1 Mile Fun Run starting 5:30 p.m.
Water will be provided to all racers.

REGISTRATION/ENTRY:
5k participants registered by September 13th will receive a race t-shirt. 
*Shirts are not guaranteed for late/race day registration.
5k Fee: $25 per person, $15 for students.
1 Mile Fun Run: $15 per person, $10 for students.
Waiver signed by parent/guardian required if participant is under 18.

5k CHECK-IN/PACKET PICKUP:
4:00-4:45pm September 26th in NCHS Student Parking Lot (west of building).
Race day registration is available; however, shirts are not guaranteed for registrations received after September 13th.

1 MILE FUN RUN REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN
5:15 p.m. September 26th.

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Oktoberfest Rotary Run 5k

Every third Sunday in October is our Annual Oktoberfest 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Walk! This run/walk is a fundraiser to support BN Sunrise Rotary’s Youth Services and the CCHS Rotaract Club.

The run is a chip-timed 5k on the Constitution Trail from GE park, looping through Tipton Trails, and back to GE park. Blacktop trails the whole way.

At the end enjoy an Oktoberfest Celebration with free brats, Oktoberfest and regular beer (for those 21 and over), accordion music, and an awards ceremony with fabulous ceramic steins for top three in each 5k age group (10 year groups). Food-and-beer-only option also available, so bring the whole family, even the non-runners! Costumes are sported by several participants, though there is not a costume competition…yet.

Packet pickup from 4 pm to 6 pm on the Saturday before the race, at Fleet Feet in Bloomington.

T-Shirt only guaranteed for those who register by October 5

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Glow Run 5k

The Fleet Feet Glow Run 5K is a fun event for runners and walkers of all ages with all race proceeds to benefit St. Jude. This is a unique opportunity to run on a golf course at night. Race route is one loop on rolling hills through Prairie Vista Golf Course on the golf cart path. All participants will receive a t-shirt and glow sticks and are encouraged to wear reflective gear and lights, including a head lamp and flashlight. Race starts at 8pm and a fun post-race party will follow the awards presentation. We’ll have adult refreshments for those 21 and older sponsored by The PIT Strength and Conditioning and Noodles and Co. will provide salad, pasta, bread and dessert.

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IVS Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk

Come join us at the Spooktacular first (official) IVS Trick or Trot Fun Run/Walk.

What could be better than running through a cemetery on Halloween night?? Trunk or Treating while running through a cemetery on Halloween night!!

The run/walk will start near the base of the Michael Sonnemaker statue and then wind past the mausoleums and monuments in Springdale. 

(Don’t be afraid – all the spooks and goblins are trick-or-treating elsewhere).  Along the way there will be trunk or treat stations to fill your goodie bag! 

Runners are encouraged to run in costume and enter the costume contest just before the fun run. 

A photo booth will be available for an enduring image of your fun!

All participants will receive a treat bag and memento of their run. 

Participants are required to bring a headlamp/flashlight. Reflective gear is encouraged.

All participants registered by October 4th can choose the T-shirt option. 

If you won’t be able to run but still want a cool shirt – that option is available as well! Participants who choose the t-shirt option will receive a long sleeve tech shirt with Ivy the IVS Halloween cat (see above) on the front – great for your autumn practice runs or just chilling in front of a fire, making s’mores. Registrants after October 4th will not have the option to include a t-shirt. 
Extra shirts may be available for sale at the event. Not a promise. 🙂 

Packet pick-up will be available on Wednesday, October 30th, from 4-7:00pm in the Woodruff parking lot.

Limited registration and packet pick-up is available race day, between 5:00PM and 5:45 PM, adjacent to the Michael Sonnemaker Memorial Sculpture and Garden in lower Glen Oak Park (near the intersection of Abington and Perry Streets).

Event Schedule 
October 30th 4:00-7:00 PM CDT – Packet Pickup in Woodruff Parking lot 
October 31st 5:00-5:45 PM CDT – Race Day Registration/Check In 
October 31st 5:45-5:55 PM CDT -Costume Contest 
October 31st 6:00 PM CDT – Race Start 
October 31st 7:00 PM CDT – BYO drinks at T n T’s in Peoria Heights immediately after the race

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