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Z Tour Bike Ride

PRINCETON — The Z Tour Bike Ride will ride in Princeton again on July 19. There are courses available for all levels of bikers, including 10 miles, 30 miles, 50 miles, 62 miles and 100 miles throughout the Princeton and Bureau County area.

The course features well-marked bike routes, well-paved, low-traveled roadways, maps and cues for all routes, radio-dispatched SAG until 3 p.m.

All riders must start between 6 to 9:30 a.m. with the 100 milers out by 8 a.m.

All proceeds benefit the Zearing Child Enrichment Center in Princeton. To register or for more information, visit


Art Sarver run/walk

OGLESBY — The third annual Art Sarver run/walk will be held June 28. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Oglesby Elks Lodge on 800 E. Walnut St. and will include three overall male and female winners. The top male and female will receive a plaque, and the first three finishers in each age division will receive an award.

Entry fee is $20 until Friday, June 20 and $25 from June 20 to race day. There is a family rate of four or more for $60 until June 20. For more information call 815-883-3389 or 815-488-3599.

The Runner’s Crusade

OTTAWA — The Runner’s Crusade 5K run/walk will start at 6 p.m. June 28 in Ottawa. Check-in is at 4:30 p.m. at Marquette Academy.

The top three finishers in each of the 13 age divisions for both male and female will be recognized. Entry fee is $20 for pre-registered runners/walkers by June 21 and $25 after June 21. For more information, contact Lisa Cheatham at 815-434-1149 or

Reagan Run 5K

DIXON — Nearly 2,000 participants are expected for the annual Reagan Run 5K on Saturday, July 5 in downtown Dixon. The traditional race that is part of Dixon’s Petunia Festival draws runners and walkers alike and has developed into the premier 5K race in the Sauk Valley area.

The race begins at 8 a.m. with the start line located just steps away from Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home, 810 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. The unique course takes runners through downtown Dixon, across the Rock River, through wooded paths and finishes in Haymarket Square in the downtown. Racers continue to rave year after year about this classic and fun course that offers a changing landscape as you run.

The race is a benefit that helps several groups in Dixon including: The Dixon Athletic Boosters, Dixon Main Street, Dixon Park District and the Dixon YMCA Strong Kids.

Online registration is available at Early race packet pickup will be Thursday, July 3 from 12- 6 p.m. at the Dixon Family YMCA. Race Day Registration can be done up until 7:30 a.m. on the morning of the race at Haymarket Square. No registrations will be available at the start line at the Reagan Home.

For more information, call Dixon Main Street at 815-288-2308.

Olds-Bohm 5K

WYANET — The Nancy Jo Olds-Bohm 5K Fun Run, 1-Mile Memory Walk and Kids’ Fun Run will be held at Wyanet Memorial Park Saturday, July 12 at 8 a.m. in conjunction with the Wyanet Summer Festival.

Registration is $15 before July 1, $20 after July 1. Pre-race packet pickup and registration at Wyanet Memorial Park will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 11. Packet pickup and registration will be held from 7-7:45 a.m. Saturday, July 12. Entry fee for the Kids’ Fun Run is $5, held immediately following 5K.

For more information, or to download registration or course route go to or call 815-866-1146.

DePue Celebration 5K

DEPUE — The 4th annual DePue Celebration will be held July 26 in conjunction with the DePue Boat Races. Registration will be held from 7 to 7:45 a.m. with the race to start at 8 a.m. at the DePue North Fire Station.

Entry fee is $20 before July 14 and $25 after. Trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female 5K winners and the top DePue male and female finishers. Awards will go to the 5K winners in the 10 age divisions.

Checks payable to the DePue Men’s’ Club may be sent to Michael Rodriguez, P.O. Box, DePue, Ill, 61322. For more information, contact Rodriguez at 815-878-9024 or by email at

Easter Seals 5K

OTTAWA — The 9th annual Easter Seals 5K Run/Walk for the Kids will be held Aug. 22, starting and ending at Ottawa High School. Registration and check-in starts at 6:30 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m.

Entry fee is $25 before July 23 and $30 after. Trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female winners and awards going to the top three finishers in each age division.

Checks may be sent to Easter Seals, 1013 Adam St., Ottawa, Ill. 61350. For more information, contact the Easter Seals office at 815-434-0857 or email at

Cornapalooza 5K/10K

MENDOTA — The seventh annual Cornapalooza 5K/10K will start and end at Lake Mendota on Aug. 9. The course will run on the west side of Mendota to take on the rolling hills and sights of rural Mendota. The 10K course will include a 1-mile stretch of compacted gravel road. Runners will e experience a mile or more of Lake Kakusha Trail.

Preregistration opens at 6:30 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20 if postmarked by July 25 and $25 after. Awards will be presented to the male and female runners in the 5K and 10 K.

Checks may be sent to Mendota Community Hospital Foundation,1401 E. 12th St. Mendota, Ill. 61342. For more information, contact JoEllyn Gahan at 815-539-7461,ext. 3209 or email

Run/Walk for the Rec 5K

PERU — The 5K Race to benefit the Peru Recreation Summer Programs will be held Aug. 23 with check-in held at7 a.m. at Parkside School in Peru. Entry fee is $20 before Aug. 18 and $25 on day of races.

Checks made payable to the City of Peru may be sent to City of Peru, Run for the Rec, 1901 4th, Peru, Ill. 61354.

Red Cross Walk, Bike, Run

PERU — Mark your calendars now for the 22nd Annual Red Cross Walk, Run, Bike on Sunday, Aug. 24 at Baker Lake in Peru. Registration begins at noon with the event kicking off at 1 p.m. All registered participants will receive a T-shirt.

Get a team together through your workplace, club and organizations or with friends and family. Walk Run Bike is a fun, family-oriented celebration that includes food, drinks, raffles, music and outdoor games that participants look forward to year after year.

Kids will enjoy the Bike Rodeo that offers fun educational training and includes a free bike helmet (while Supplies last).

Money raised supports the local Red Cross’s local programs, including fire, flood, tornado and other disaster services training and response and mobile meal deliveries.

Kick-off date is Tuesday, July 1 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Illinois Valley Red Cross Chapter Headquarters 1530 4th St., Peru.

For more info and to register, visit, call (815)223-0922 or email


IVCC Outing

OGLESBY — The 18th annual Illinois Valley Community College Foundation Golf Outing, “Fairways to Flags,” will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Deer Park Country Club. Check-in and lunch is noon to 12:45 p.m. Cost of the four-person scramble is $65 per golfer and includes lunch, nine holes, contests and flight prizes.

A $25 “no-hassle” party package includes 25 raffle tickets, a chance at two hole-in-one prizes, a chance to be the golfer who attempts a 50-foot putt for $2,500 and other non-golf games.

Hometown National Bank of La Salle is the event’s title sponsor. The Foundation welcomes tee and cart sponsors as well. Cash gifts and donations of items for the event are appreciated. Check-in is at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The outing is $65 per person; call Monroe at (815) 224-0253 for information. Payment and registration is appreciated by June 21. For information, call Susan Monroe at (815) 224-0253.

Wounded Warriors outing

DIXON — The inaugural Wounded Warrior/Semper Fi Fund Golf Outing will be hosted at Timber Creek Golf Club in Dixon at 12:30 p.m. June 26 in Dixon. There are opportunities for golfers and sponsors by calling Kandie at 815-973-6700 or Kim at 815-677-0055.

Jimmy D Golf Outing

SPRING VALLEY — The 32nd annual Jimmy D Golf Outing will be held July 13 at Spring Creek Golf Club and Deer Park Country in Oglesby. The event is named for James A. “Jimmy D” DeAngelo, who died in 1983 at the age of 37 after fighting cancer. It was the wish of Jimmy and his family to raise funds to help cancer patients. Last year’s event raised $18,000 for area patients, and throughout the past 31 years, it has raised more than $638,000. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Esophageal and Colon Cancer Center under construction at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. The committee is seeking hole sponsors for $100 and cart sponsors for $25. For more information about sponsorships, or to sign up to play golf in the event, call Diane Janz at 815-664-7260.

Jay Braida Golf

PRINCETON —The 2014 Jay Braida Golf Outing will be held July 12 at Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton. The event is sponsored by friends and family of Jay Braida, who passed away June 19, 2005, from melanoma. The event was created in 2010 to help area residents in need. There is a need for hole and T-shirt sponsors. This year’s recipient is Abbie Cochran of Princeton, poms coach at Princeton High School and an instructor at Main Street Dance Academy in Princeton. The mother of two young children was recently diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and underwent a bilateral mastectomy. She is married to Matt Cochran.

All golfers must preregister for the four-person scramble. Cost is $60 which includes dinner. Check-in is 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. with non-golfers welcome at a cost of $15 per person. There will be a silent auction.

For more information or to register, visit or find their Facebook page. You may also call 815-878-1861 or send an email to

Miracles Happen III Outing

LASALLE — The 5th annual Miracles Happen III Golf Outing will be held Saturday, July 26 at Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Course. Entry fee is $65 per golfer prior to July 19 and $75 after. Registration will start at 12 p.m. with a 1 p.m. shot gun start. A chicken dinner and awards wil follow at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer or Steve Sines at 815-228-1574 or email at



AMBOY — Amboy Area youth soccer program will host AYSO Soccer Camps from July 28 - Aug. 1 at the Amboy Sports Park.  Anyone interested in learning more about soccer is welcome to come out and participate in this week-long training featuring soccer instructors from UK International Soccer, who hail predominantly from the United Kingdom and Europe.

All players age 4-16 are welcome to attend the week long program. A free parent and coach clinic is scheduled for the Saturday morning following the camp.  You do not have to be a member of AYSO to participate.

AYSO Soccer Camp Regional Director Stuart Barlow said, “Soccer is truly a global event and this year we have staff from over 17 nations. Combining their international passion for soccer and cultural perspective, along with our specialized AYSO training, creates a very unique and dynamic camp program, which goes far beyond the soccer field. This really is a cultural soccer extravaganza for all involved.”

For more information on the AYSO Region 1581 soccer camp, visit, then search for Amboy, or call 1-888-857-6222.

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PHS Girls camp

PRINCETON – The Princeton High School girls basketball camp will be held July 7-11 for incoming Grades 3-12. Brochures are available at PHS and online at Cost is $55. For more information, call PHS at 815-875-3308 or coach Kevin Hieronymus at 815-866-9402.

PYSL Soccer Camp

PRINCETON — The Princeton Youth Soccer League will host a summer camp from July 14-18 for kids entering preschool through eighth grade. Registration fees are $45 for preschool and $55 from K-8. Register by June 1 to receive a $15 discount. Payment may be sent to PYSL, P.O. Box 247, Princeton, IL 61356.

PC Youth Basketball Camp

GRANVILLE — The Putnam County High School basketball program will be hosting a Youth Basketball Camp on July 6, 9-12 for students entering grades 1-9. The camp is designed to improve each camper’s basketball skills and provide a fun week of basketball. Coaches in the Putnam County basketball program will be helping out along with many of the high school varsity players and former players. Both boys and girls are welcome.

Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt and prizes will be awarded for contest and game winners during the camp. Cost per camper is $50. If there is more than one child per family, the cost will drop to $40 per camper. For information and to register, contact PCHS head basketball coach Josh Nauman at 309-361-0606.

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