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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

Feb
13
Sat
12:00 pm 2016 Honest Abe 5K @ 2016 Honest Abe 5K
2016 Honest Abe 5K @ 2016 Honest Abe 5K
Feb 13 @ 12:00 pm
Run Throughout Historic Downtown Lincoln, Illinois Hosted by Land of Lincoln CEO, the race starts at 12:00 Noon at Latham Park. Registration begins at 10:30AM and we will have an indoor facility for lunch and to warm up. A race quality long sleeve T-shirt and Lunch will be provided after... Continue Reading
12:00 pm ASE at Pit Row @ Pit Row
ASE at Pit Row @ Pit Row
Feb 13 @ 12:00 pm
We have another LRC ASE (Another Stupid Event) on the calendar for Saturday, February 13th, at Pit Row (208 S Vine St)  in Heyworth.  Mark that date.  As always, the running starts at Noon. We have two distances available.  There is an easy 5K, or a more challenging 8 mile run. ... Continue Reading
Feb
16
Tue
5:30 pm LRC Tuesday Night Winter Run @ Meg & Merlin Anderson's House
LRC Tuesday Night Winter Run @ Meg & Merlin Anderson's House
Feb 16 @ 5:30 pm
Free Group Run! Tired of running by yourself? Beat the winter blues and join the Lake Run Club’s group runs on Tuesday night. Meet at Meg and Merlin Anderson’s house and run with a group, friend or by yourself. All running abilities are welcome and distance can be modified (street... Continue Reading
Feb
18
Thu
5:30 pm LRC Thursday Night Winter Run @ Often Running
LRC Thursday Night Winter Run @ Often Running
Feb 18 @ 5:30 pm
Free Group Run! Tired of running by yourself? Beat the winter blues and join the Lake Run Club’s group runs on Thursday night. Meet at Often Running and run with a group, friend or by yourself. All running abilities are welcome and distance can be modified (street running). After your... Continue Reading
Feb
23
Tue
5:30 pm LRC Tuesday Night Winter Run @ Meg & Merlin Anderson's House
LRC Tuesday Night Winter Run @ Meg & Merlin Anderson's House
Feb 23 @ 5:30 pm
Free Group Run! Tired of running by yourself? Beat the winter blues and join the Lake Run Club’s group runs on Tuesday night. Meet at Meg and Merlin Anderson’s house and run with a group, friend or by yourself. All running abilities are welcome and distance can be modified (street... Continue Reading
Feb
25
Thu
5:30 pm LRC Thursday Night Winter Run @ Often Running
LRC Thursday Night Winter Run @ Often Running
Feb 25 @ 5:30 pm
Free Group Run! Tired of running by yourself? Beat the winter blues and join the Lake Run Club’s group runs on Thursday night. Meet at Often Running and run with a group, friend or by yourself. All running abilities are welcome and distance can be modified (street running). After your... 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.

ABC#116 “Super Bowl Sunday Run”

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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

Profile on Josh Smith

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Profile on Josh Smith How many years have you been running? Since 1991 (7th grade). Who/What inspired you? I started running ‘distance’ in 7th grade because I couldn’t jump, couldn’t run fast, and wasn’t strong enough to throw the shot put or discus. I remember one of my track coaches… Continue Reading

Bob’s Bike Bet 2015: The “Decathlon”

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For this, the 11th year of bets, Bob Brandt collaborated with Kirby Cheek in a desperate attempt to win a beer (Bob has only won one time). They created a nearly impossible challenge but, thanks to everyone who rode with me, Bob went down in flames again. It was a… Continue Reading

ABC #115, for Sugar Grove Nature Center

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January 9 was a wickedly wonderful day! The forecasted bad weather waited for us to finish. The parking lot was packed. The building was full with 56 participants that generously donated an impressive total of $1,145 to Sugar Grove Nature Center. Great thanks to everyone! The donations will be used… Continue Reading

ABC Run #114, for Adopt-A-Family

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Beautiful day! Thanks so much to all 41 participants that came to the Sparks’ home on December 5 to run and support the Adopt-A-Family program with donations totaling $829. This will provide a great Christmas for our assigned family and have enough left over to be a great help toward… 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.