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Kids Run


2019 Kids Run for Fun

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5 Mile Race • July 4th


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

7:30 am Downs Freedom 5k @ Tri-Valley Middle School
Downs Freedom 5k @ Tri-Valley Middle School
Jun 29 @ 7:30 am
Downs Freedom 5k @ Tri-Valley Middle School
The Downs Freedom 5K is an AWESOME, local, small town race, bringing the community together for a fun-filled day of running (or walking)! Whether you’re looking for a new PR (this course is one of the FLATTEST around!) or you’re looking for a family-friendly experience, this 5K is for YOU!... Continue Reading
8:30 am Come Together, Be Empowered 5K W... @ Fairview Park
Come Together, Be Empowered 5K W... @ Fairview Park
Jun 29 @ 8:30 am
Come Together, Be Empowered 5K Walk/Run @ Fairview Park
The ninth annual Come Together will be held June 29, 2019. This community event focuses on the fight against ovarian, breast and cervical cancer. The logo is a symbol of efforts in educating all women about these diseases and brings them under one umbrella of education, awareness, screening, and treatment.... Continue Reading
8:30 am Trojan Trackbackers 5K @ Maroa City Hall
Trojan Trackbackers 5K @ Maroa City Hall
Jun 29 @ 8:30 am
Flat 5k run through the streets of Maroa before the Freedom Fest parade begins.
7:30 am Park to Park @ Miller Park Zoo
Park to Park @ Miller Park Zoo
Jul 4 @ 7:30 am
This inter-city race starts on Wood Street near Miller Park in Bloomington, east on Wood Street, then north on Main Street, through downtown Bloomington, turns west on Gregory, then north on the Constitution Trail to The Corn Crib in Normal. View Park to Park Course Map. The race originated in... Continue Reading
8:30 am Knoxville Firecracker 5k Run/Walk @ Knoxville Track Complex
Knoxville Firecracker 5k Run/Walk @ Knoxville Track Complex
Jul 4 @ 8:30 am
Knoxville Firecracker 5k Run/Walk @ Knoxville Track Complex
Pre-registration fee: $20.00/race day fee: $25.00 (“Swag Bags” only guaranteed with pre-registration). Make checks payable to: Knoxville Firecracker 5K. Drop off registration and payment or send to: 6140Run, 218 E. Main St., Galesburg, IL 61401. You can view pre- and post-race photos and follow race updates at www.knoxvillefirecracker5k.teampages.com Packet pick-up... Continue Reading
9:00 am Running Over MSA 5K @ Twin Rocks Farm
Running Over MSA 5K @ Twin Rocks Farm
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am
Running Over MSA 5K @ Twin Rocks Farm
The Running Over MSA 5K Run/Walk will be held on a cross country course, which will be partially through the prairies and partially through the woods. 100% of the proceeds from the Running Over MSA 5K will go to The MSA Coalition. The Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Coalition® is a... 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#147/Multi-Sport Day

By Merlin Anderson | May 19, 2019

ABC#147/Multi-Sport Day on May 18 was a success with 65 participants and $1,830 donated to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center! Thanks so much to everyone who attended, donated, organized, brought food, and enhanced the day with your enthusiasm and friendship. The weather was great, maybe just a little warm for running… Continue Reading

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

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”