Catch the Wave & Ride the Wave

Group Training Programs to Prepare You for the Lake Run Races

Begins February 27


St. Patrick's Day 5k

March 17

Group Runs

Come, Run, Socialize!


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

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
10:30 am Run For Hope 10K, 5K & Kids Fun Run @ Run For Hope 10K, 5K & Kids Fun Run
Run For Hope 10K, 5K & Kids Fun Run @ Run For Hope 10K, 5K & Kids Fun Run
Mar 31 @ 10:30 am
Run For Hope 10K, 5K & Kids Fun Run @ Run For Hope 10K, 5K & Kids Fun Run
The 2019 Run For Hope is the sixth annual race that benefits Home Sweet Home Ministries. The races include a 10K, a 5K and a Kids Fun Run that all begin and end at Home Sweet Home Ministries Warehouse Operations Center (1700 West Washington St. in Bloomington) and run west... 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
9:00 am Carle’s Shake the Lake 5k Fun Ru... @ Carle's Shake the Lake 5k Fun Run/Walk
Carle’s Shake the Lake 5k Fun Ru... @ Carle's Shake the Lake 5k Fun Run/Walk
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am
Time: 7:45 a.m. on site-registration & T-shirt pick-up 9 a.m. race start time Event Day Registration: $15 Shirts: Pre-register by March 10 to guarantee a free, soft race T-shirt! Those registering on the day of the event or after March 10 are not guaranteed a T-shirt or the correct size.... 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#145, for SPICE

By Merlin Anderson | Mar 11, 2019

ABC Run #145 was Sunday, 3/10/19 at Robyn Walter’s home. Fun event with $400 donated to MarcFirst’s SPICE program by the 22 participants. Thanks so much for supporting SPICE! If you are a State Farm employee/retiree and you donated $25 or more, please submit your donation to State Farm’s matching… Continue Reading

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

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”