Spring 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

9:00 am Heartland Harvest 5K @ Heartland Community College Fitness and Recreation Center
Heartland Harvest 5K @ Heartland Community College Fitness and Recreation Center
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am
Heartland Harvest 5K @ Heartland Community College Fitness and Recreation Center | Normal | Illinois | United States
The Heartland Harvest 5K supports key programs and student scholarships at Heartland Community College. The 5K course will lead runners through Heartland Community College’s Normal campus to the Corn Crib and back, finishing at the Fitness and Recreation Center where participants will enjoy post-race snacks. Runners will be timed by... Continue Reading
10:00 am Snyder Shriner 5k Run/Walk @ The Snyder Building
Snyder Shriner 5k Run/Walk @ The Snyder Building
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am
A professionally chip timed and accurately measured 5K with awards for 1st 3 in all age groups. The race starts at #1 Brickyard drive and ends there with a party in the parking lot. Food fun and refreshments. Kid friendly too! All proceeds benefit the Shriners Children’s Hospitals which directly... Continue Reading
1:00 pm Oktoberfest Run @ GE/Union Park
Oktoberfest Run @ GE/Union Park
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm
Every third Sunday in October is our Annual Oktoberfest 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Walk! This year it is Sunday October 21, 2018. This run/walk is a fundraiser to support BN Sunrise Rotary’s Youth Services and the CCHS Rotaract Club. The run is a chip-timed 5k on the Constitution... Continue Reading
5:30 pm Tuesday Night Runs in Funks Grove @ Sugar Grove Nature Center  in Funks Grove
Tuesday Night Runs in Funks Grove @ Sugar Grove Nature Center  in Funks Grove
Oct 23 @ 5:30 pm
Tuesday Night Runs in Funks Grove @ Sugar Grove Nature Center  in Funks Grove | McLean | Illinois | United States
  Tuesday Night Runs in Funks Grove Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. March 13th through October 30th, 2018 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,... Continue Reading
8:30 am Run to Rescue 5K 2018 – 7th Annu... @ Run to Rescue 5K 2018 - 7th Annual Event
Run to Rescue 5K 2018 – 7th Annu... @ Run to Rescue 5K 2018 - 7th Annual Event
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am
Run to Rescue 5K hosted by Catalyst Ministries.  The race will take place on October 27th at Tipton Park North by the playground and spray park. The 5K will start at 8:30 a.m.  A Kid’s Fun Run will be held at 9:30 a.m.  
9:00 am The One and Only 5K @ South Park
The One and Only 5K @ South Park
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am
The Eighth Annual “One and Only” 5K will take place on Saturday, October 27th at South Park in Farmer City, IL. It is a hybrid trail and road race. We are excited to run this in conjunction with The Haunted Forest and part of the race will run through its... 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.

ABC#141, for Heartland Head Start

By Merlin Anderson | Oct 8, 2018

The weather forecast was ominous but 39 participants had a great time and Heartland Head Start received donations totaling $590, including two donations from runners that could not attend. Thanks everyone! ABC#141 was a true adventure. We wondered if many would join us, considering the odds of bad weather. Then… Continue Reading

ABC#140, for Seedling Theatre

By Merlin Anderson | Sep 7, 2018

ABC Run #140 on September 2 was a success with $915 donated to Seedling Theatre thanks to the generosity of everyone involved. Thanks much to: (a) Laurel & Larry Schumacher for being awesome hosts at their new home in Normal. (b) 42 attendees (and three other contributors) that donated a… Continue Reading

ABC#139, for St. Jude

By Merlin Anderson | Jul 16, 2018

ABC Run #139 was at our house on July 15. An all-time ABC record of $4,057 was donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital thanks to the great generosity of 40 attendees plus 11 others that could not make it but sent us checks or donated online. A special moment… Continue Reading

ABC#137, Baby Fold, 4-14-18

By Merlin Anderson | Apr 16, 2018

The weather wasn’t good but we had great participants. An awesome $2,618 was donated to The Baby Fold by 49 participants plus a couple others that could not attend. What a wonderful surprise considering that a day before the event, the weather forecast called for thunderstorms. Aimee Beam, Norris Porter,… Continue Reading

ABC Run #136, 3-10-18

By Merlin Anderson | Mar 11, 2018

ABC Run #136 was Saturday, 3/10/17 at Robyn Walter’s home. Great event with $735 donated to Project OZ by 50 runners that attended plus two that donated in advance because they were unable to attend. Thanks so much for supporting Project OZ! If you are a State Farmer and you… 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.