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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


DePue Celebration 5K

DEPUE — The fourth 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 $25 after July 14. 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

Pow Wow Days 5k

TISKILWA — The fourth annual Tiskilwa Pow Wow Days 5k Run/Walk will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Check-in and registration begin at 6:45 a.m. at the East Park shelter in Tiskilwa.  Entry fee is $30 July 15 thru race day.

Entry forms available at Bead Buzz Jewelry Designs, 432 S. Main St., Princeton or online at For more info. call 815-646-4624, or visit the Pow Wow Days new website, or Facebook page.

All proceeds will go to the Pow Wow Days 5k scholarship fund.

Gateway 5K

PRINCETON — Gateway Services will hold its first Gateway 5K on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m., starting at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. This 5K is for awareness of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The theme this year is Superhero Showdown. Runners can chose to dress up as a superhero of their choice. There will be “villains” along the course with squirt phasers cooling the runners off as they move along the course.

The Gateway 5K Superhero Showdown will start and finish at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. Runners and volunteers will be able to park there and registration will be in the main building.

Cost to enter the Gateway 5K is $20. After Aug. 15, it will be $35. All proceeds will go towards the programs Gateway Services provides.

To register as a runner, a volunteer, to sponsor the event, or to get more information, go to

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 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 10K.

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 at 7 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.

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

Easter Seals 5K

OTTAWA — The ninth 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


Turkey Shoot

PRINCETON — The Joe Meyer Park Turkey Shoot will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2. It is open to the public and chaperoned youth are welcome. You may bring your shotgun and .22 rifle; shells will be provided. There will be turkey, ham and money boards available along with concessions and raffles.

Joe Myer Park, 167000 2625 East St. Princeton, is located six miles east or Princeton on Route 6, then two miles north.


Tiger Classic

PRINCETON — The Tiger Tennis Classic will be coming up with weekends for singles and doubles play at Princeton High School.

First up will be doubles tournament on July 19. There are divisions for men’s open, men’s over 40, women’s, mixed and youth.

The singles tournament will take the PHS courts on July 26. There are divisions for men’s open, men’s over 40, women’s open and youth singles.

Entry fees are $14 per person for singles ($10 for 18 and under) and $12 per person for doubles. Entry deadlines are noon July 17 for doubles and noon July 24 for doubles.

Each person is to provide one can of new tennis balls for the initial match. The winner will take the unused balls to the next match. Tournament format will be determined by the number of participants. Each participant is guaranteed two matches.

For more information, visit

Sweet Corn Fest Tournament

MENDOTA — The 67th annual Sweet Corn Festival Tennis Tournament will be held Aug. 8-10. The tournament will offer Junior and Adult divisions, with the Juniors playing on Aug. 8 and adults playing on Aug. 9-10.

All matches of this year’s tourney will again be played at the Mendota High School tennis courts on the high school grounds on Route 52 north of town.

Entry forms may be picked up at the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce office and Sports-N-Stuff in Mendota. They may also be obtained at or or by sending a SASE to Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce, PO BOX 620, Mendota IL 61342.

Entry deadline is 4 p.m. Aug. 6. Note T-shirt deadlines: All players registering by July 31, will receive a Sweet Corn Festival Tennis T-shirt. For further information contact the Chamber office at (815) 539-6507.


PC Softball Camp

GRANVILLE — The Putnam County Lady Puma All Skills Softball Camp will be held July 21-24 at Putnam County Junior High in McNabb for girls entering Grades 4-9. The camp will stress fundamentals and techniques and for all facets of the game, with a separate session for pitching.

Cost of the camp is $40 and open to all students in the Illinois Valley. For more information, call coach Chris Walker at 815-452-2965.


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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