2016 Dog Days 5k

New Lake Run Club Swag Available

Members enjoying the Constitution Trail


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 Peoria Jingle Bell 5K Run @ Peoria Riverplex
Peoria Jingle Bell 5K Run @ Peoria Riverplex
Dec 3 @ 8:00 am
Peoria Jingle Bell 5K Run @ Peoria Riverplex | Peoria | Illinois | United States
The Arthritis Foundation’s long-running Jingle Bell 5K Run fundraiser is a festive race that helps champion arthritis research and brings people from all walks of life together to say Yes to furthering a great cause. Put on your reindeer antlers and running shoes – and bring your friends and family... Continue Reading
11:00 am 5K Toy Run @ 5K Toy Run
5K Toy Run @ 5K Toy Run
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am
5K Toy Run @ 5K Toy Run | Urbana | Illinois | United States
This fun filled event is for the entire family! Join us for a casual, untimed 5K walk, jog, run, or Kids Fun Run through Crystal Lake Park in Urbana and help us make Christmas bright for some local youth. Proceeds from event will benefit the Cunningham Children’s Home Christmas Wishlist,... Continue Reading
7:00 pm LRC Board Meeting @ Uptown Station, Ron Hill Room (3rd Floor)
LRC Board Meeting @ Uptown Station, Ron Hill Room (3rd Floor)
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm
Lake Run Club Board Meetings are open to all LRC members. Lake Run Club 2016 Board Meeting Dates February 2 March 1 April 5 May 3 June 7 August 2 October 4 November 1 December 6* The December meeting is usually held at a different location.
11:00 am Da Deer Run Run 8K @ Da Deer Run Run 8K
Da Deer Run Run 8K @ Da Deer Run Run 8K
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am
Da Deer Run Run is an 8K Euro-Style cross county run that will take you through COMLARA Park on scenic trails, over streams, up and down hills, and over barriers while allowing you to see nature and wildlife up close. Enjoy warm soup and beverages after the race. 2016 Reg.... Continue Reading
1:00 pm 29th Annual Chilly Chili Run @ Green Gables - Lake Bloomington
29th Annual Chilly Chili Run @ Green Gables - Lake Bloomington
Jan 21 @ 1:00 pm
29th year for this unique, low key, fun run 4.5 miles on the scenic inner loop at Lake Bloomington Unique and weird “water” stop Awards for top 3 women and top 3 men finishers Awards for the best dressed man and women and least dressed man and women Awards are... Continue Reading
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

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.

Merna ASE

By Heather Wagner | Nov 22, 2016

Cold temperatures for 2016, but seasonal for any other year, mild winds and greatly appreciated sunshine greeted the 2016 Merna ASE (Another Stupid Event) crew. Following the run, folks enjoyed cold beverages, good food, great cookies and the 2016 version of the infamous ASE mixed drink. Great regrets for those… Continue Reading

ABC#123, for Boys & Girls Club

By Merlin Anderson | Nov 14, 2016

ABC #123 on November 12 generated an amazing $876 in donations for the Boys & Girls Club. Thanks so much to all 48 participants for your support and for all the great food and fun. The $876 donated this year is easily the most of any of the nine ABC… Continue Reading

ABC Run #122, for Heartland Head Start

By Merlin Anderson | Oct 5, 2016

Super event at Sugar Grove Nature Center: 71 participants donated an awesome total of $1,590 to Heartland Head Start which will be used to upgrade their playgrounds! In our ninth run for Heartland, we easily topped the 2006 record of $698. Thanks so much to everyone for your support and… Continue Reading

ABC Run#121, for Seedling Theatre

By Merlin Anderson | Aug 18, 2016

ABC Run #121 on August 13 was a great success. An amazing $1,035 was donated to Seedling Theatre thanks to the generosity of everyone involved. Thanks much to: (a) Laurel & Larry Schumacher for being awesome hosts. (b) 51 attendees (and 5 other contributors) that donated a total of $1,035…. Continue Reading

Profile on Mike Eckhoff

By Karen Dudek | Aug 16, 2016

Profile on Mike Eckhoff How many years have you been running?  I started regularly running at some point in the winter of 2011/2012.  Somewhat on a whim, I decided that I’d try to run a half marathon (Illinois), so I started training around that time frame.  I had run some… 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.