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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

10:00 am Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park
Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am
Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park | Bloomington | Illinois | United States
Registration is underway for the Miller Park Zoological Society’s (MPZS) 20th annual 5k Run, 3k Walk, and Fun Run (¼ mile for children 10 and under) Zoo Stampede. Participants will run/walk part of the route through the Zoo. Special trophies, made in part by the Zoo animals will be awarded... Continue Reading
3:00 pm Interclub Social @ Medici
Interclub Social @ Medici
Mar 4 @ 3:00 pm
Come get your social on! The Lake Run Club, Tri-Shark Triathlon Club, The McLean County Wheelers and the Central Illinois Masters Swimmers are getting together for an Interclub social. We will gather in the bar area of Medici in Uptown Normal. This is an informal gathering to hangout, tell stories... Continue Reading
8:00 am Blarney Blitz 5K @ Running Central
Blarney Blitz 5K @ Running Central
Mar 11 @ 8:00 am
Blarney Blitz 5K @ Running Central | Peoria | Illinois | United States
This flat 5K course takes place along Peoria’s riverfront with the start and finish outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub on SW Water St. near the corner of Walnut and Water Streets. After the race, there is a party at Kelleher’s Irish Pub where we’ll have LIVE music from the Irish... Continue Reading
12:00 pm Sharin’ of the Green” St. Patric... @ Often Running
Sharin’ of the Green” St. Patric... @ Often Running
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm
Walk with the LRC in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade! We typically meet at Often Running to get organized. More details to come! Parade Info
1:00 pm St. Patrick’s Day 5K @ Bloomington VFW
St. Patrick’s Day 5K @ Bloomington VFW
Mar 12 @ 1:00 pm
Get ready for a PR! This 5k course is about as flat as you can get. The race starts and finishes on Lincoln Avenue and is basically an out and back course. The post race takes place at the VFW Hall Post 454 in Bloomington with pork chop sandwiches, other... Continue Reading
8:00 am ABC Run #127 @ Robyn & Gregg Walter's home
ABC Run #127 @ Robyn & Gregg Walter's home
Mar 18 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Benefiting McLean County Child Protection Network ABC#127 (“Miles for Mimosas”) will be on March 18 at 8:30 a.m. (doors open at 8:00). ABC#127 will be hosted by Robyn Walter at 1407 Norma Drive, Bloomington ABC#27 will support the Mclean County Child Protection Network. The Child Protection Network (CPN) is the... 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#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

ABC#124, for Adopt-A-Family

By Merlin Anderson | Dec 4, 2016

Epic day! Thanks so much to all 71 participants that came to the Adopt-A-Family Center on December 3 to support the Adopt-A-Family program with donations totaling $1,310. This will provide a great Christmas for our assigned family and provide funding toward one or two other families still on the waiting… 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.