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Summer Fitness Events

From Mini Tri to eating pie – this summer we have a race to fit every taste – so grab your running shoes and pump up your bike tires – it’s time for some great summer fitness events!

The Amazing Bike Race | Saturday May 14, 2016 at 9:00 am


Fee (R|NR): $30|$45 per team (2 people minimum; 4 people maximum)
Register HERE by 4/28 (You will be prompted for the names of your team members.  This will help us place participants on the correct team).
Location: Dodds Softball Complex
Ages: You must be at least 12 years old to participate. Children ages 12-14 must be accompanied by a supervising adult registered on the same team.
Awards: Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishing teams.

Questions: zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3931

The Amazing Bike Race is an adventure race that leads teams on an 8-10 mile course through Champaign with a focus on park destinations.  Think of it as the Park District’s version of The Amazing Race…on bikes! During the race, teams of 2-4 people solve clues which lead them to checkpoints where they’ll face mental or physical challenges.  As you work to solve clues, you may use smartphones or call smart friends, but it’s up to you to figure out the best way to get to the next checkpoint.  All members of your team must be assembled before you begin any of the challenges.  You must use bicycles to navigate between checkpoints (helmets required).  No other forms of transporation will be allowed. Bike racks are not guaranteed at any of the stops, so be sure you bring your own bike lock.

Racer check-in begins at 8:00 am.  Onsite registration is not available for this race.  We will begin clearing the course at 12:00 pm or once all teams have finished, whichever comes first.

Mini-Tri | Saturday August 6, 2016 at 7:30 am



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Fee (R|NR): $30|$45
Register BY 7/18 HERE
Location: Centennial Park
Ages: 8+ years.  Participants 8-12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.


Questions: Shane.Coats@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3985

Want to test your internal fortitude and athletic ability? Then the Champaign Park District’s 34th annual Mini-Triathlon is for you! This chip-timed event will consist of 3 of the most popular fitness exercises in the world: swimming, running, and bike-riding. You will be tested with a 200-yard swim, a 6-mile bike ride, and a 2-mile run. Age categories for the male and female racers are: 14 & U, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-59, and 60+.

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1) Start off with a brisk 200-yard swim in the Sholem Aquatic Center lap pool. Jump out of the
water on onto your bike.

2) Grab your helmet and bike for a quick 6-mile bike ride around beautiful Centennial Park (3
laps around the course). When completed, drop your bike.

3) Grab your running shoes for a 2-mile run to the finish line.

Racers will be divided into two categories: a competitive race group and recreational race group. Competitive racers will go first and will be placed in order of their estimated swim times for the 200-yard swim. Once they have been released, the recreational races will begin based on the order they signed up. (Please note: if you want to race with friends you need to sign up together in the recreational category to guarantee your start times will be next to each other.)

T-shirts will be unisex dri-fit with the following sizes available: S, M, L, XL, and XXL.  Please provide a valid email address when registering. Registration will be accepted after the deadline if the race maximum is not met, but a t-shirt is not guaranteed for late registrants.

Race packets will be emailed and posted here the week of July 29.

Micro-Tri | Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Noon

Fee (R|NR): $10|$15
Register BY 7/18 HERE
Location: Centennial Park
Ages: 8-13

Questions: Shane.Coats@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3985

This kids-only triathlon event will feature a 50-yard swim in our lap pool at Sholem, a 1-mile bike, and a 1/2-mile run. Remember to bring your bike and bike helmet (required).

Nano-Tri | Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Noon (following Micro-Tri)

Fee (R|NR): $5|$7.50
Register BY 7/18 HERE
Location: Centennial Park
Ages: 5-7

Questions: Shane.Coats@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3985

A chance for your tots to “tri” a triathlon event. This miniest version of the Mini-Tri will consist of a 25-yard swim (lifeguard in water), a 1/2-mile bike, and a 1/4-mile run. Tots bring your bikes, bikes with trainers, or big wheels. Don’t forget your helmet (required)!

Pie Run (3.14 miles) | Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

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Fee (R|NR): $20| $30

Register BY 8/5 HERE
Location: West Side Park
Ages: 8+ years.  Participants 8-12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Questions: zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3931

Whether you want to work up an appetite before Taste of Champaign-Urbana or you’re a pie lover with a running habit, this fun event was cooked up with you in mind! Pie Run will take you on a 3.14 mile course that starts and ends at the Taste of Champaign-Urbana in West Side Park. Along the way we’ll treat you to water and pie stops provided by your favorite local bakeries and restaurants. At the end of the race, you’ll choose to finish either “pie free” or “flying pie”. Those who choose the “pie free” finishing lane will remain clean and dry. Those who choose the “flying pie” finishing lane will have to dodge flying cream pies to finish the race – and will receive special recognition for their bravery! So put on your jogging shoes and bring your sweet tooth – this fun event is sure to win the hearts of runners and pie lovers alike!

Award Categories
Lord of the Pies: First across the finish line (male and female)
Pie in the Sky Award: Best pi or pie themed costume (male and female)
Pie Wise Guy Award: Participant who tells the best pie/pi related joke or pun at the start line
Flying Pie Award: Participant with the most spectacular finish in the cream pie lane (male & female)

Walkers or runners are welcome. Pie/Pi themed costumes are encouraged and will be rewarded! Children may run with parents,
but any child under the age of 12 must be supervised at all times. This event is not timed. No dogs, please (service animals excepted). Spectators are encouraged. Participants must complete the course by 8p. All registrants must provide a valid email address in order to receive crucial pre-race information.

Pie Run Course Volunteers
Volunteer for set up, registration, and helping throughout the race course!

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