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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

1:00 pm Tulip 5k for a Cure @ Tulip 5k for a Cure
Tulip 5k for a Cure @ Tulip 5k for a Cure
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm
Race will begin promptly at 1pm. Timing is provided by Fleet Feet. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pancreatic Cancer Research and Treatment right here in the Midwest. Registration Form 2017  
5:30 pm LRC Board Meeting @ Jesse's Grill - Marriott Hotel
LRC Board Meeting @ Jesse's Grill - Marriott Hotel
May 2 @ 5:30 pm
Lake Run Club Board Meetings are open to all LRC members. Lake Run Club 2017 Board Meeting Dates March 7 April 4 May 9 June 6 August 8 October 3 November 7 December 5
5:30 pm Tuesday Night Trail Run @ Sugar Grove Nature Center  in Funks Grove
Tuesday Night Trail Run @ Sugar Grove Nature Center  in Funks Grove
May 2 @ 5:30 pm
Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funks Grove invites you to venture on out to enjoy the trails (or roads if you prefer) on Tuesday evenings. The usual trail route is 5 miles, and is well marked. Easy-to-follow road routes of 4 or 7 miles are also an option. Runners of... Continue Reading
5:30 pm LRC Thursday Spring/Summer Run @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
LRC Thursday Spring/Summer Run @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
May 4 @ 5:30 pm
Warmer weather and longer days means it’s time to get back to the lake! Run with us at Lake Bloomington from March 16 – November 2! We run from the park near Green Gables, most starting at 5:30 pm. The 4.37 mile “Loop” course is most popular, especially this early... Continue Reading
6:00 pm Cinco de Kilo 5K and Fiesta @ Cinco de Kilo 5K and Fiesta
Cinco de Kilo 5K and Fiesta @ Cinco de Kilo 5K and Fiesta
May 5 @ 6:00 pm
Cinco de Kilo 5K and Fiesta @ Cinco de Kilo 5K and Fiesta | Peoria | Illinois | United States
Cinco de Kilo is $28.50 through January 31, $35 through April 30th, $40 through May 4th, $45 on race day A 5K and Fiesta along Peoria’s Riverfront. Participants will receive an official 2017 Cinco de Kilo t-shirt, and FIESTA!! Participants will also receive 1 drink ticket. Additional drink tickets available... Continue Reading
8:30 am Lake Run @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
Lake Run @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
May 6 @ 8:30 am
Lake Run @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington | Hudson | Illinois | United States
Four distances: 4.37 mile run (7K) 7.44 mile run (12k) 1/2 marathon (13.1 mile) 3 mile walk Map of Lake Run Courses More details: Course is flat to gently rolling around Lake Bloomington Footpounder classes, Male and Female Chip Timing by itsracetime.com Your results stream live online in real time... 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#128, 4-15-17, for The Baby Fold

By Merlin Anderson | Apr 19, 2017

April 15 had many happy returns. Great weather, great participants, and an awesome $3,078 donated to The Baby Fold by the 94 participants and three others that could not attend. Both the total attendance and the amount contributed are records for The Baby Fold ABC Runs. Aimee Beam, VP of… Continue Reading

ABC Run#127, 3-18-17

By Merlin Anderson | Mar 20, 2017

ABC Run #127 was Saturday, 3/19/17 at Robyn Walter’s home. Great event with a total of $825 donated by 42 runners that attended plus two runners that mailed a check. Thanks so much for supporting the McLean County Child Protection Network! If you are a State Farmer and you donated… Continue Reading

ABC#126, 2-5-17, for Scott Early Learning Center

By Merlin Anderson | Feb 7, 2017

Another awesome day! This year, 54 participants gathered at Children’s Home + Aid to run and generously support children in our community with donations that totaled $900. Children’s Home + Aid will benefit even more when some of the State Farm employees/retirees apply under State Farm’s matching grant program. If you contributed… Continue Reading

ABC#125, 1-17-17, for Sugar Grove Nature Center

By Merlin Anderson | Jan 18, 2017

Another fun and successful ABC Run! A total of $838 was donated to Sugar Grove Nature Center, including $200 donated by the SHTRs (Shady Hollow Trail Runners), and donations from three other runners who could not make it to the ABC run after the date and location was changed from… Continue Reading

Profile on Kate Browne

By Karen Dudek | Jan 17, 2017

Profile on Kate Browne Who inspired you? I was inspired to start running 4 years ago by, Rachelle Leuty. Her enthusiasm is contagious. #positivepeerpressure I’m inspired to keep running by all of my friends who have achieved greatness. Each finish line pic I see makes me want to get out… 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.