Smile Politely

Please sir, “May” I run some more?

You’re a success! You’ve reached your goal in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, you ran your 5K and finished strong. You may have even run the 10K or half marathon and done swimmingly. Heck … you ran the marathon, PRed, BQed (that’s Boston Qualified), and you’ve got nothing more to run for. LAME! There are plenty more local races to keep you busy this month. Here’s the low down on four local races to add to your calendar and consider running.

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The Kirby Derby 5K & 10K
May 14, 2011, 8:00 a.m.

This race runs through the scenic Forest Preserve Park and through downtown Monticello. It’s a bit of a drive for those in Champaign-Urbana; however, if you’ve never been to Monticello, you don’t know what you’re missing. Great old houses on State Street line the course. Registration is $25, $20 if postmarked by May 6th. A kid’s race (100-yard sprint) for 10-year-olds and under also takes place at 9:00 a.m.

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Twin Cities Twosome 5K or 10K
May 14, 2011, 9:00 a.m.

If you can’t make it out to Monticello, Urbana’s Crystal Lake Park plays host to the Twin Cities Twosome. This race, the 20th annual Human Kinetics race, is great for teams of two (and especially great for couples, child-parent, or corporate teams) to work a relay. All race proceeds go to the T.I.M.E.S. Center, Center for Women in Transition, and Crisis Nursery. Registration is $20 with t-shirt, $16 without.

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Buffalo Trace Trail Run 5 miler
May 21, 2011, 8:00 a.m.

This is an easy trail run through Mahomet’s Lake of the Woods Park. The course covers open prairie, forests, and some low, rolling hills. Registration is $15 before May 9th, $20 after that date. This is a Second Wind Running Club sponsored event, and age group awards are usually eye catching.



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Memorial Day 5K
May 30, 2011, 9:00 a.m.

Hosted at the VA Hospital in Danville, IL, this race is put on by the Kennekuk Road Runners. It is billed as a flat, two loop course. It’s a patriotic run, with many flags out on the course. Registration is $5 prior to race day. Race day registration is $15. Proceeds of the race go towards the Veterans Centered Care Initiative.


Don’t lose momentum now that you’ve reached your goal. Keep running this May!

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