Here's a look at metro-east 5-kilometer runs and walks, in addition to other races, during August:
St. James Color Run
7:30 a.m. 5K color run, 8:30 a.m. kids run August 2
405 West Madison, Millstadt
$30 for 5K; $15 for Kids Fun Run
This race is part of the St. James parish picnic, which includes a chicken dinner, bingo, quilt raffle and polka Mass.
Chili Cheer Chase 5K Run/Walk for Roxana JFL Cheerleading
9 a.m. August 2
MCT Leclaire Junction Park & Ride Lot at 701 Longfellow Ave., Edwardsville
This fundraiser benefits the Roxana JFL Cheerleading Squad. The course is out and back on the MCT Nickelplate and Nature trails.
Taking Steps to End Child Abuse 5K
8 a.m. August 9
120 East A Street, Belleville
$20 5K; $10 1M Fun Run
The annual Children's Home + Aid includes a 5K and fun run through downtown Belleville.
Mascoutah Indian Pride Run
8 a.m. August 9
Mascoutah High School
$25 for 5K; Family of four can register for $80; $10 for youth mile run and 400-meter dash
This inaugural run is a fundraiser for Positive Behavior Intervention System, a program at Mascoutah High School that provides incentives to students for positive behavior and achievement.
Tackle the Run 4M Run
9 a.m. August 9
Freeburg Recreation Center, 300 E. Hill St., Freeburg
$30 4M; $20 Kids Fun Run
The second annual run will benefit the Freeburg Jr. Midget Football League.
Music of the Night 5K Fun Run/Walk
8 p.m. August 9
Carriel Junior High School, O'Fallon
This musically -themed race benefits Lifelong Music in O'Fallon Schools, a nonprofit organization that exists to support music in O'Fallon schools. Runners are invited to wear glow attire while running past O'Fallon music staff and students who will perform along the race course.
7:15 p.m. August 16
Hecker Community Center, Hecker
$25 5K; $15 1/2M
This eighth annual competitive 5K and 1/2 mil fun run is part of the church picnic at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. The night run is through a course lit by 200 burning Tiki torches.
Waterloo Optimist Club 5K
8 a.m. Aug. 23
Rogers Elementary School, 200 N. Rogers St., Waterloo
$20 by Aug. 15; $25 after Aug. 15
This 12th annual competitive 5K run and fun walk benefits local youth programs. http://www.waterlooiloptimist.org/
7 a.m. August 30
St. Clair Square, Fairview Heights
$20 5K through August 15, $25 after August 15;$10 Kids 1/2M Fun Run
This third annual race is part of Midwest WingFest and includes a $100 award for the Best Dressed Chicken to cross the finish line.
Get Up and Go! Biathlon
7 a.m. August 31
Belleville West High School, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway, Belleville
$35 individual advance registration, $40 same-day; $47 for team registration, $52 same-day team
The fourth annual biathlon includes a 5-mile run followed by a 20-mile bicycle course.
If you're organization is putting a 5K or other run, email reporter Maria Hasenstab at email@example.com.