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Summer Fitness Events 2019

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!

Mini-Tri | Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:30 am

Fee (R|NR): $30|$45

Location: Centennial Park
Ages: 8+ years.  Participants 8-12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Questions: topher.wendt@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2581

Want to test your internal fortitude and athletic ability? Then the Champaign Park District’s 36th 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+.

Course Map TBA

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.)

Information will be emailed out, and all bags and race gear can be picked up the morning of the event at the check-in table. Please provide a valid email address when registering. All participants will receive a dri-fit shirt, medal, and race bag containing many treats from the Park District! Good luck and have fun!

Registration will be accepted after the deadline if the race maximum is not met. Race shirts and bags are not guaranteed for those who register after the deadline.

Nano-Tri | Saturday, July 27 (following Mini-Tri)

Fee (R|NR): $5|$7.50

Location: Centennial Park
Ages: 4-7

Questions: topher.wendt@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2581

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 17, 2019 at 10:30 am

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

Deadline: Monday, 7/29 to get a shirt; Wednesday, 8/14 to get a guaranteed spot unless the event is full. On-site registration if slots available. Race shirts are not guaranteed for those who register after the deadline.
Location: West Side Park

Questions: topher.wendt@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2581


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! 

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- CLICK HERE
Volunteer for set up, registration, and helping throughout the race course!

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