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What started as two friends enjoying a run around Lake Bloomington on a Thursday night is now Central Illinois’ premier run club; providing fun and challenging races, programs, services, and social events for all ages and abilities. The Lake Run Club is a not-for-profit organization that’s powered by volunteers to promote running and racing in the Bloomington-Normal area.  

Our community is open to everyone, and is accepting new members. Whether you’re a casual runner or a marathon enthusiasts, we’re looking forward to running with you on many future adventures. We may take running seriously, but the fun and friendly roots of the club are still alive and well, and we want you to join in on the fun. See why the Lake Run Club is a thriving community of over 700 members.

Upcoming Events

8:00 am 7th Annual Alton Half Marathon &... @ 7th Annual Alton Half Marathon & 5K run/walk
7th Annual Alton Half Marathon &... @ 7th Annual Alton Half Marathon & 5K run/walk
Mar 25 @ 8:00 am
The Alton Half Marathon offers a course that is ideal for setting PRs, marathon training runs & for the first time half marathoner. It is a flat, fast course that showcases the mighty Mississippi river, historic downtown Alton & the crosses the Clark Bridge twice. We are a smaller race... Continue Reading
9:00 am Penguin in the Park @ Fairview Park
Penguin in the Park @ Fairview Park
Mar 25 @ 9:00 am
Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk will be celebrating its 12th anniversary on March 25, 2017! The Penguin, John Bingham, will be making his only public appearance in 2017 at his alma mater, Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois This is a race that embraces the Penguin in all of us... Continue Reading
5:30 pm Tuesday Night Trail Run @ Sugar Grove Nature Center  in Funks Grove
Tuesday Night Trail Run @ Sugar Grove Nature Center  in Funks Grove
Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm
Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funks Grove invites you to venture on out to enjoy the trails (or roads if you prefer) on Tuesday evenings. The usual trail route is 5 miles, and is well marked. Easy-to-follow road routes of 4 or 7 miles are also an option. Runners of... Continue Reading
5:30 pm LRC Thursday Spring/Summer Run @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
LRC Thursday Spring/Summer Run @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm
Warmer weather and longer days means it’s time to get back to the lake! Run with us at Lake Bloomington from March 16 – November 2! We run from the park near Green Gables, most starting at 5:30 pm. The 4.37 mile “Loop” course is most popular, especially this early... Continue Reading
7:30 am Lincoln Presidential Half @ Lincoln Presidential Half
Lincoln Presidential Half @ Lincoln Presidential Half
Apr 1 @ 7:30 am
Run Where Lincoln Walked On April 1, Springfield will welcome 2,000 visitors to the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon. This nationally recognized race starts and finishes at the famous Old State Capitol and then winds through our 16th president’s picturesque hometown and past some of nation’s most significant historic sites, including... Continue Reading
8:00 am 2016 Rails to Trails Bare Bones 10K @ Rock Island Trail - Alta Rd. Trailhead
2016 Rails to Trails Bare Bones 10K @ Rock Island Trail - Alta Rd. Trailhead
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am
2016 Rails to Trails Bare Bones 10K @ Rock Island Trail - Alta Rd. Trailhead
A 10K Run/Walk along the beautiful Rock Island Trail. Participants will receive a race specific short sleeve shirt. Participants will also receive light snacks after the race at the Alta Rd. Trailhead parking lot. Directions To access the Alta trailhead, take Interstate 74 to State Route 6 and head northeast... Continue Reading

Become a Lake Run Club Member

We invite you to see all that the Lake Run Club has to offer. Visit our blog for runner profiles and updates. Race discounts, networking and social events, volunteering, awards, special opportunities and circuit points are just a few of the benefits of becoming a member. Apply today for a low membership fee of $20 or register your entire family for only $25.

ABC Run#127, 3-18-17

By Merlin Anderson | Mar 20, 2017

ABC Run #127 was Saturday, 3/19/17 at Robyn Walter’s home. Great event with a total of $825 donated by 42 runners that attended plus two runners that mailed a check. Thanks so much for supporting the McLean County Child Protection Network! If you are a State Farmer and you donated… Continue Reading

ABC#126, 2-5-17, for Scott Early Learning Center

By Merlin Anderson | Feb 7, 2017

Another awesome day! This year, 54 participants gathered at Children’s Home + Aid to run and generously support children in our community with donations that totaled $900. Children’s Home + Aid will benefit even more when some of the State Farm employees/retirees apply under State Farm’s matching grant program. If you contributed… Continue Reading

ABC#125, 1-17-17, for Sugar Grove Nature Center

By Merlin Anderson | Jan 18, 2017

Another fun and successful ABC Run! A total of $838 was donated to Sugar Grove Nature Center, including $200 donated by the SHTRs (Shady Hollow Trail Runners), and donations from three other runners who could not make it to the ABC run after the date and location was changed from… Continue Reading

Profile on Kate Browne

By Karen Dudek | Jan 17, 2017

Profile on Kate Browne Who inspired you? I was inspired to start running 4 years ago by, Rachelle Leuty. Her enthusiasm is contagious. #positivepeerpressure I’m inspired to keep running by all of my friends who have achieved greatness. Each finish line pic I see makes me want to get out… Continue Reading

50-State Tandem Bike Challenge

By Merlin Anderson | Dec 27, 2016

For this, the 12th year of bets, I proposed getting a rider from each of twelve countries but Bob Brandt vetoed the idea because he thought that might be too easy. Instead, the challenge was to get a rider from each of the 50 states. To represent a state, riders… Continue Reading


Each race day takes hours and hours of preparation by runners and organizers in order to do their best. In addition to providing training programs to bring out the best in you, we offer volunteer opportunities where members of the Lake Run Club community can support running in Central Illinois.

The Lake Run Club sponsors five races throughout the year, including St. Patrick’s Day Run, The Lake Run, Park to Park, Dog Days, and our Evergreen Lake 5K run. For all area events during the year, view our race calendar.

Planning and organizing a race? Complete an Area Race Calendar Request to have your race information added to our calendar and shared with the racing community. Looking for additional help with your race? Contact us to inquire about our finish line services, bibs, racing clocks, and other related planning and race-day help, and view our services and resources page.