Community Fun and Fitness Relays (CFFR)
Welcome, and thank you for visiting the web home of the Inaugural Community Fun and Fitness Relays (CFFR)!
The CFFR is an exciting new annual Southern Illinois running event that will make its debut on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, at Southern Illinois University’s Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex in Carbondale, Illinois. A full-day event, it is an adaptation of the River-to-River Runners-sponsored Kids’ Fun & Fitness Day celebration that occurred in 2013 and 2014.
Relay Divisions for All Ages and Skill Levels
First through third place finishers in each category of the Just for Fun and Competitive divisions of the CFFR will receive beautifully-crafted medals, and the teams with the fastest time in each event category and the highest pledge amounts raised will receive additional prizes.
Just for Fun DivisionIf most members of a team can answer “Yes” to most of the questions below, this is the division that would be most suitable for them to register to compete in:
- Do you generally run with effort, occasionally, rarely, or not at all?
- Do you need to stop and walk when running distances of 400 meters or longer at your full speed?
- Have you seen runners run track relays (on TV or in real life) and wanted to experience the feeling of running them yourself?
- Do you want to find out if you can run 100m, 400m, 800m, 1200m, or 1600m on a regulation track?
- Do you plan to run your relay event(s) in running shoes, and not track spikes?
This division of the CFFR is for teams of people who consider themselves novices or relatively new to the sport of running and the track relays. The key word here is FUN! That is, teams registered in this division are not aiming to set any records or qualify for any major track event- they are out to get in shape, have fun, and challenge themselves to see if they can complete the event(s) they register for. This division is also recommended for teams of young children who enjoy running.
Competitive DivisionIf most members of a team can answer “Yes” to most of the questions below, this is the division that would be most suitable for them to register to compete in:
- Do you generally run without effort, often, regularly, or are a former or current track athlete (e.g. in high school, college, etc.)?
- Can you run a distance of 400 meters or longer at full speed without having to stop to walk?
- Have you run track relays or other track events in the past and want to experience the “high” of running them again?
- Do you want to see how fast you can run the 100m, 400m, 800m, 1200m, or 1600m on a regulation track or run a PR in one or more of the distances offered?
- Do you plan to run your relay event(s) in spikes?
This division of the CFFR is for teams of people who consider themselves experienced in running and sprinting. The key word here is PR! (Hint: If team members need to look up what “PR” stands for, they might be best suited for the Just for Fun Category.) Teams registered in this division are aiming to set personal or team records for time or qualify for related track events (e.g. 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, etc.). Team members are out to stay in shape, have fun, and challenge themselves to see how fast they can run the event(s) they register for. This division is not recommended for teams of young children unless they are experienced in competitive track.
Learn more about the Events
The Competition Events page covers details about the relay events, including the competition categories offered and guidance on running and training for the events.
Proceeds from the CFFR will benefit two deserving causes: Carbondale’s I Can Read Program, and the Obo-Kwahu Community in Ghana, West Africa. The I Can Read Program is a 19-year-old non-profit, volunteer-run organization that fosters literacy development, free of charge, to grade school children living predominantly in Carbondale’s northeast