Catch the Wave & Ride the Wave

Group Training Programs to Prepare You for the Lake Run Races

Begins February 27

zoo run

Miller Park Zoo Stampede 5k

First LRC Circuit Race of 2019

March 2nd


St. Patrick's Day 5k

March 17

Pub Run Training Series Program

Group Runs

Come, Run, Socialize!

Register NOW for all 5 Lake Run sponsored races and save!

$120, with a $10 discount for LRC members.
Deadline to register is March 1st.


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 Miller Park Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park Zoo
Miller Park Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park Zoo
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am
Miller Park Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park Zoo
5k run, 3k walk, and Fun Run (¼ mile for children 10 and under). Participants will run/walk part of the route through the Zoo! Special trophies made in part by the zoo animals will be awarded to 5k overall male and female, as well as 1st, 2nd, 3rd male and... Continue Reading
1:00 pm St. Patrick’s Day 5K @ Bloomington VFW
St. Patrick’s Day 5K @ Bloomington VFW
Mar 17 @ 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 race course was near the Schooners Eatery for many years, but was moved to its current location in... Continue Reading
9:00 am 33rd Annual Lori’s Walleye Run 5K @ Hall High School
33rd Annual Lori’s Walleye Run 5K @ Hall High School
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am
Certified course with splits every mile. Electronically timed. Water stops on course. Traffic control on paved city streets. Course has several rolling hills. A performance wear unisex quarter zip pullover is guaranteed only to pre-registered participants (postmarked on or before 3/14/19). Awards to overall top male and female and top... Continue Reading
8:30 am Penguin in the Park @ Fairview Park
Penguin in the Park @ Fairview Park
Mar 30 @ 8:30 am
Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk is coming again this spring! After his namesake, the Penguin, John Bingham, inspires us all to get out there and be active. Penguin in the Park is the largest 5K in the Decatur area. This race embraces the Penguin in all of us —... Continue Reading
8:00 am Run for the Library @ Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
Run for the Library @ Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
Apr 6 @ 8:00 am
10K run and 5K run/walk through the beautiful Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve. The course is a 5K loop. 10K participants will run it twice.
6:30 am Spring Chance BQ.2 Marathon @ Fabyan Forest Preserve
Spring Chance BQ.2 Marathon @ Fabyan Forest Preserve
Apr 13 @ 6:30 am
Spring Chance BQ.2 Marathon @ Fabyan Forest Preserve
Take the best shot at qualifying for Boston with an experienced race team whose goal is to do everything possible to get you and a small group of other runners to the starting line in Hopkinton. With a multi-loop, fast, flat, and scenic course, the Spring Chance BQ.2 provides runners... 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. Sign up today for a low membership fee of $20 or register your entire family for only $25.


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.

ABC Run #144, 2-3-2019

By Merlin Anderson | Feb 3, 2019

The polar vortex missed us! Only a few days after seeing actual temps of more than 20 below, we experienced above average temps of 40 degrees. A good size group of 44 participants gathered at Children’s Home & Aid to generously support the children in our community with donations that… Continue Reading

ABC Run #143, Jan.13, 2019

By Merlin Anderson | Jan 14, 2019

In spite of snow-packed roads, 22 participants made it to Sugar Grove to enjoy a winter wonderland adventure. An amazing total of $2,000 was donated to Sugar Grove Nature Center thanks to all the generous donations from participants, four individuals that could not attend but sent checks, and a special… Continue Reading

Boston Marathon Tandem Bike Bet

By Merlin Anderson | Jan 4, 2019

This was the 14th annual beer bet with Bob Brandt. The challenge was to ride at least 26.2 miles with each of 26 runners who have run Boston. Because this was bet #14, at least 14 had be new tandem riders (I have a total of 308 tandem riders). Result… Continue Reading

ABC#141, for Heartland Head Start

By Merlin Anderson | Oct 8, 2018

The weather forecast was ominous but 39 participants had a great time and Heartland Head Start received donations totaling $590, including two donations from runners that could not attend. Thanks everyone! ABC#141 was a true adventure. We wondered if many would join us, considering the odds of bad weather. Then… Continue Reading

ABC#140, for Seedling Theatre

By Merlin Anderson | Sep 7, 2018

ABC Run #140 on September 2 was a success with $915 donated to Seedling Theatre thanks to the generosity of everyone involved. Thanks much to: (a) Laurel & Larry Schumacher for being awesome hosts at their new home in Normal. (b) 42 attendees (and three other contributors) that donated a… Continue Reading

Spotlight On……………….. Scott Richardson

Scott’s background story is not only transformative, but inspiring. From starting to ride his bike to lose weight, to beating cancer and competing in triathlons, to ultimately completing his first ultramarathon, Scott is an example to all athletes that when you put your mind to something, great things happen. Read More about “LRC Featured Runner”