The Lake Run 7k

May 4

The Lake Run 12k

May 4

The Lake Run Half Marathon

May 4

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

8:00 pm Neon at Night 5K Fun Run @ Student Fitness Center on Illinois State University's campus
Neon at Night 5K Fun Run @ Student Fitness Center on Illinois State University's campus
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm
Brighten your night and join us for the Neon at Night 5K Fun Run! Participants are encouraged to wear neon colors as they run through campus at night.
5:30 pm Lake Run Club “Silly Series” Egg...
Lake Run Club “Silly Series” Egg...
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm
Two course options: 5k course or 4.37 mile. Option to run/walk as much or as little as you want.
10:00 am Taking Steps to End Child Abuse ... @ Fairview Park
Taking Steps to End Child Abuse ... @ Fairview Park
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am
Taking Steps to End Child Abuse 5k Color Run/1-mile walk @ Fairview Park
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM: check-in begins. 10:00 AM: balloon release. 10:15 AM: 1-mile walk start. 10:30 AM: 5k start. The annual race is in memory of young Jack and Duncan Leichtenberg of LeRoy, victims of the 2009 murder-suicide by their father after he failed to return them to their... Continue Reading
9:56 pm Frisco Run – 8k, half, full, 50k... @ Frisco Run
Frisco Run – 8k, half, full, 50k... @ Frisco Run
Apr 27 @ 9:56 pm
This is a scenic course with awesome swag. its a pretty and flat course on the Frisco Highline. Check it out!
8:30 am Lake Run @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
Lake Run @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
May 4 @ 8:30 am
$2 discount for LRC members $1 discount for Illinois Valley Striders, Starved Rock Runners, Springfield Road Runner, Decatur Running Club, and Second Wind Five distances: 4.37 mile run (7K) 4.37 mile competitive walk (7K) 7.44 mile run (12k) 1/2 marathon (13.1 mile) 3 mile walk Map of Lake Run Courses... Continue Reading
8:00 am Gold Star Mission Run for the Fa...
Gold Star Mission Run for the Fa...
May 11 @ 8:00 am
Gold Star Mission Run for the Fallen
Please join us for the Run for the Fallen Half Marathon Run, 5k Run/Walk, and 3k Run/Walk by honoring and supporting Gold Star Families and our Fallen Heroes. All races will be held primarily within three beautiful Winnebago County Forest Preserves; Kishwaukee, Blackhawk Springs and Espenschied. Much of the half... 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.

Next Generation Fitness Testing

By Tod Williamson | Apr 11, 2019

Our club, with the hundreds of members, have a considerable amount of experience regarding fitness and running. Topics such as training to run a faster 5k, how to increase mileage without injury, training for your first Marathon could be obtaining by discussing these topics with club members. One topic often… Continue Reading

ABC#146, The Baby Fold, 4-6-19

By Merlin Anderson | Apr 8, 2019

What a beautiful day! A great total of $1,628 was donated to The Baby Fold by 38 participants plus a few others that could not attend. Aimee Beam, Sam Guillory, and Lori Bultemeir, of The Baby Fold, were great hosts, greeting us and providing beverages. Before we ran, we recognized… Continue Reading

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

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”