ShaZam Racing News

Running for a Cause at Detweiller

The seventh annual Detweiller At Dark was a big hit with the local running community, and allows runners to gauge where their fitness levels are during the summer at Detweiller Park. “It’s a great time to come out with friends and see competitively where we are and to push each other,” Patrik Elkins said. Over 1,200 people ran at the Detweiller at Dark this year. They aren’t only running for the fun of it, they are also running to raise money for diabetes. “This event is a rock concert, a party, above and beyond everything else though, it is an event to raise money to support diabetes research,” Tricia Potts said.

July 29, 2017 |  View More >>


Runners from near and far light up Detweiller at Dark

A typical cross country race is held early in the morning, so when runners arrived at Detweiller Park on Friday night, they were excited for a rare night race.  ShaZam Racing lit up the park for the seventh Detweiller at Dark. The state cross country course featured concert-grade lighting and sound for fans and racers alike.  “It’s a community event,” said race director Adam White. “People don’t have to be racing or know anyone racing to have a good time, and it doesn’t cost anything to do it.” The were five races — an open co-ed race and boys and girls junior high and senior high races — that featured more than 1,200 runners from all over the Midwest.

July 29, 2017 |  View More >>


Detweiller at Dark Raises Money for Diabetes

Peoria, Illinois – 1,200 runners signed up for the “Detweiller at Dark” races in Peoria. Money raised from the event goes to JDRF and the cure for type one diabetes. It’s one of the most unique races in the area because it is a three mile race in the dark. Runners say it is unbelievably fun.

July 28, 2017 |  View More >>


Races Galore in Central Illinois this Summer

The weather warms and it’s time to hit the pavement for many Peoria area residents. There’s a rich running culture in central Illinois and those runners are rewarded with an assortment of fun and competitive races throughout the year. During the summer months, a variety of races dot the schedule from the popular Steamboat Classic to the vivid Color Vibe 5K to the exhilarating Detweiller at Dark. The following list picks out a few of those races this summer so that runners can start arranging their schedule. On your mark …set … run!

May 27, 2017 |  View More >>


Cinco de Kilo 5k

It’s Cinco de Mayo! Over 400 runners and walkers showed up at the Peoria Riverfront Trail Friday to participate in the Cinco de Kilo. This event is a 5k run or walk race hosted by Shazam racing. After the race was over, people celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta, where they had food, salsa dancing lessons and some good Mexican food and drinks.

May 5, 2017 |  View More >>


Cinco de Kilo Run and Fiesta

Start with a 5K on Peoria’s beautiful riverfront trail and end with a Fiesta sponsored by the Rhythm Kitchen!  Sign up today!!! In 2015, almost 400 people came out to celebrate with us.  This year will be bigger and better than ever!  Race will be limited to the first 450 people. The 5K Run/Walk and FIESTA! is May 5, 2016, 6:00 PM in Peoria, IL.

May 1, 2017 |  View More >>


Rails to Trails Bare Bones 10K

It’s time to lace up your running shoes for the Rails to Trails Bare Bones 10K. The race will be on Saturday, April 1 at 8:00 a.m. at the Rock Island Trail at the Alta Rd. trailhead. Tickets are $25 per person through March 26, $30 per person through March 31 or $35 per person on race day. Runners will receive a race specific shot sleeve shirt for participating and there will also be snacks after the race in the Alta. Rd. Trailhead parking lot.

March 22, 2017 |  View More >>


Peoria Keeps the Racers and Whiskey Running

ShaZam Racing has pulled a new event off the shelf. The Whiskeydaddle Races include a Boston-qualifying marathon called The Barrel, a half marathon called The Bottle, a marathon relay called The Bootlegger, a 5K race called The Shot and a kids event called The Skidoo. All races are planned for the October 7 weekend in Peoria.

March 5, 2017 |  View More >>


Whiskeydaddle Festival

The Peoria Marathon is turning into a weekend long festival, going now by the name of Whiskeydaddle. Shazam Racing and Running Central are paying tribute to the 80 plus years Peoria was known as the “Whiskey Capital of the World”. The event will be two days of family fun, the 5-K Race and Kids Run will now be on Saturday along with live entertainment, food and games for both adults and children.

February 20, 2017 |  View More >>


Detweiller at Dark

More than a half century after a historic Olympic run, young runners still want to learn from Bob Schul, the only American to win the gold medal in 5000 meters. Schul, who won at the 1964 games in Tokyo, brought two runners that he trains in Ohio to Detweiller at Dark on Friday night. It was his first trip to Peoria. He made a personal appearance at Running Central the day before the race and signed one of his books and met runners at the sign in tent on Friday.

July 22, 2016 |  View More >>


Record Turnout for Detweiller at Dark

Detweiller Park hosts the loudest cross country race of the season: Detweiller at Dark. The seventh annual race raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Race organizer Adam White said this year’s record turnout shows the strength of the local running community. “We hold our own with Boston, with Boulder, with Portland, Oregon,” White said. “When we talk about passionate runners, you can’t get a better running community here than in Central Illinois.”

July 22, 2016 |  View More >>


Andrew Nelson Wins Main Street Mile

Things started going downhill pretty quickly for Andrew Nelson in the first Saturday morning edition of the Main Street Mile. That was a good thing for the former Syracuse University runner. The Geneva native ended up winning the race, which previously was held in the evening, by almost 20 seconds with his finishing time of 4:08.47. Guillermo Rolon of Peoria was second (4:27.93), and Avery Walter of Fairbury third (4:36.84).

July 9, 2016 |  View More >>


Thousands Gather for Peoria Marathon

Thousands of people were up before the sun Sunday morning to take part in a 26-mile race through the River City. People from all over the country gathered at Peoria’s Civic Center. That was the start, and finish line for the annual Peoria Marathon. And even though the temperatures were below freezing, most of the runners we talked to said they just came out to have some fun.

October 18, 2015 |  View More >>


Runners light it up at Detweiller Park

More than 800 runners showed up for the second “Detweiller At Dark” cross country run, from sixth graders to 60-year-olds and a potential Olympic runner. Included in those running were Chris Derrick, a former IHSA state cross country individual and team champion from Naperville Neuqua Valley High School as well as the American collegiate record holder in the 10,000 meters.

July 28, 2012 |  View More >>