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 am Springdale Salute 5k Run to Bene... @ Lower Glen Oak Park
Springdale Salute 5k Run to Bene... @ Lower Glen Oak Park
May 27 @ 8:00 am
5th ANNUAL Springdale Salute – Memorial Day 5K Run/1 mile walk. Start time: 7:45 a.m. Begins at lower Glen Oak Park, Peoria Il; route goes through Springdale Cemetery, passing Soldiers Hill. Fees are: Before April 30 – $25.00 May – $30.00 Race Weekend – $35.00 $5.00 discount for Veterans. Awards... Continue Reading
9:00 am Jog for Joey 5k @ El Paso-Gridley High School
Jog for Joey 5k @ El Paso-Gridley High School
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am
Jog for Joey 5k @ El Paso-Gridley High School
This is our 3rd annual Jog For Joey 5k Run/Walk. Joey Gardner was a 2016 graduate of EPGHS who passed away suddenly in 2017 from ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia). Joey had an impact on the community before his passing through his humble, kind spirit, and love for all those he... Continue Reading
7:30 am 2nd Annual River Bottom Country ...
2nd Annual River Bottom Country ...
Jun 8 @ 7:30 am
ARE YOU COUNTRY STRONG? Three challenging race lengths: 5K, 10K and 8 miles ~ all in the country with beautiful scenery and to test your strength. You will be rewarded with beer, bananas and donuts! All proceeds to benefit St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
7:30 am Race With Your Heart 5K & 10K @ Eureka Lake
Race With Your Heart 5K & 10K @ Eureka Lake
Jun 8 @ 7:30 am
Race With Your Heart 5K & 10K @ Eureka Lake
This 5K & 10K run goes along the beautiful Eureka Lake and through the nature trails. The 5K and 10K run starts at 7:30am and the 2 mile walk starts at 8:45am. This event benefits Heart House, a shelter for women and children who are homeless or domestic violence victims.... Continue Reading
9:00 am Safe House 5K Family Run/Walk @ Connie Links Amphitheater
Safe House 5K Family Run/Walk @ Connie Links Amphitheater
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am
Come run or walk in Global Hands of Hope’s Safe House 5K family run/walk or 1/2 mile kid’s run to raise funds for the expenses associated with a safe house for young girls at risk for or already experiencing abuse in the village of Bukeka, Uganda. Global Hands of Hope... 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”