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Wherever your starting line is, the Lake Run Club and our members are excited to take this journey with you, help you achieve your goals, and appreciate the scenery along the way.

About

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

May
7
Sat
8:30 am Lake Run 3 mile walk, 7K, 12k an... @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
Lake Run 3 mile walk, 7K, 12k an... @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
May 7 @ 8:30 am
35th Annual Lake Run! Four distances: 4.37 mile run (7K) 7.44 mile run (12k) 1/2 marathon (13.1 mile) 3 mile walk Map of Lake Run Courses New this year: Pump and Grind 4.37 mile run (curl and bench press and run) Number of reps deducts time from 4.37 mile finish... Continue Reading
May
10
Tue
5:30 pm Tuesday Night Runs in Funks Grove @ Sugar Grove Nature Center
Tuesday Night Runs in Funks Grove @ Sugar Grove Nature Center
May 10 @ 5:30 pm
Tuesday Night Runs in Funks Grove @ Sugar Grove Nature Center | McLean | Illinois | United States
Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., March 15th through November 1st, 2016 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... Continue Reading
May
14
Sat
7:00 am Illinois Ag in the Classroom 5K ... @ Illinois Farm Bureau Headquarters
Illinois Ag in the Classroom 5K ... @ Illinois Farm Bureau Headquarters
May 14 @ 7:00 am
Illinois Ag in the Classroom 5K Grow & Go @ Illinois Farm Bureau Headquarters  | Bloomington | Illinois | United States
Runners, walkers and families gather at the Illinois Farm Bureau® headquarters on May 14, 2016, for a 5K Run/Walk and celebration of agriculture, education, health and wellness. Participants race or walk a path on the grounds, then enjoy a hearty breakfast while learning about the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom... Continue Reading
8:00 am Heyworth Heydays 5K @ Heyworth Heydays 5K
Heyworth Heydays 5K @ Heyworth Heydays 5K
May 14 @ 8:00 am
This is event is sponsored by our Heyworth High School Cross Country team as a fundraiser for their summer distance running camp (@ University of Wisconsin Stevens Point). The students that work the event get the proceeds for their camp fee. Come help support youth running programs and join us... Continue Reading
8:00 am Kirby Derby 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk... @ Forest Preserve Park
Kirby Derby 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk... @ Forest Preserve Park
May 14 @ 8:00 am
Kirby Derby 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids' Race @ Forest Preserve Park | Monticello | Illinois | United States
The Kirby Derby is a family friendly 5K Run/Walk and a 10K Run, along with a FREE Kids’ Race. The race takes place in the Forest Preserve Park on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at 8:00AM. Participating in the Kirby Derby is a great way to maintain a healthy and active... Continue Reading
May
15
Sun
2:00 pm Tri-Point National Honor Society... @ Tri-Point National Honor Society 5k run and 2 mile fun walk
Tri-Point National Honor Society... @ Tri-Point National Honor Society 5k run and 2 mile fun walk
May 15 @ 2:00 pm
The 5k run and 2 mile fun walk raises money for the American Cancer Society.   NHS 5k run registration form

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.

Profile on Erin Dwyer

By Karen Dudek | Apr 21, 2016

Profile on Erin Dwyer Don’t you love it when people make excuses as to why they can’t run? “I would love to run, but I’m just so busy.” “I have bad knees.” “My feet are messed up.” “My back hurts all the time so I had to stop running.”  Well,… Continue Reading

Milestone Reached at ABC#118

By Merlin Anderson | Apr 17, 2016

April 16 was a wonderful day to run. Great weather, 50 great participants, an amazing $2,420 donated to The Baby Fold by the 50 participants plus contributions from four that could not attend. This is the fourth year in a row that donations to The Baby Fold have been $2,000… Continue Reading

Profile on AP Prescott

By Karen Dudek | Mar 20, 2016

Profile on AP Prescott How many years have you been running? A little more than three years. Who inspired you? I don’t know if anyone inspired me to start running, but I can say that my motivation was strong. I was 300+ pounds and incredibly out of shape. I wanted… Continue Reading

ABC#117, for Child Protection Service

By Merlin Anderson | Mar 19, 2016

ABC Run #117 was Saturday, 3/19/16 at Robyn Walter’s home. Great event with a really nice total of $711 donated by 33 runners that attended plus 3 runners that donated early because they were unable to attend. Thanks so much to everyone!     It was a great day to… Continue Reading

ABC#116 “Super Bowl Sunday Run”

By Merlin Anderson | Feb 7, 2016

Awesome day! Great weather for the 53 participants that gathered at Children’s Home + Aid to run and to support the children in our community with donations that totaled $1,209, a Children’s Home & Aid ABC run PR! Laura Cordero, Development Assistant at Children’s Home + Aid, got the event… Continue Reading

Racing 

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.