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Miller Park Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park Zoo
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am
Miller Park Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park Zoo

5k run, 3k walk, and Fun Run (¼ mile for children 10 and under).

Participants will run/walk part of the route through the Zoo! Special trophies made in part by the zoo animals will be awarded to 5k overall male and female, as well as 1st, 2nd, 3rd male and female in each age category.

Bib/shirt Pickup is available from 4:00PM-6:00PM Friday and 8:00AM-9:15AM race morning at the Miller Park Pavilion.

Printable 2019 Zoo Stampede registration form

St. Patrick’s Day 5K @ Bloomington VFW
Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm

Get ready for a PR! This 5k course is about as flat as you can get. The race starts and finishes on Lincoln Avenue and is basically an out and back course.  The race course was near the Schooners Eatery for many years, but was moved to its current location in 1994.

The post-race takes place at the VFW Hall Post 454 in Bloomington.
  • Early Packet Pick-Up: 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Saturday, March 16 at the Bloomington VFW Post 454
  • Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Bloomington VFW Post 454

Proceeds will be donated to Veterans Helping Veterans.




33rd Annual Lori’s Walleye Run 5K @ Hall High School
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am

Certified course with splits every mile. Electronically timed. Water stops on course. Traffic control on paved city streets. Course has several rolling hills. A performance wear unisex quarter zip pullover is guaranteed only to pre-registered participants (postmarked on or before 3/14/19). Awards to overall top male and female and top three male and female in 16 age groups starting at 9 and under, up to 80 and over (5 year age groups on all others, i.e. 30-34, 35-39, etc.)

Paper registration form

Penguin in the Park @ Fairview Park
Mar 30 @ 8:30 am

Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk is coming again this spring! After his namesake, the Penguin, John Bingham, inspires us all to get out there and be active. Penguin in the Park is the largest 5K in the Decatur area. This race embraces the Penguin in all of us — a race for the speedy, and those who want to take their time and enjoy the course!

This year will once again include the 300 meter “Penguin Dash” for the younger penguins that will take place before the start of the 5K at 8:30 am. This is a great opportunity to include youth in a sport and activity that is life long. Make Penguin in the Park a family activity this year. Penguin Dash participants will receive a short sleeve t-shirt and goody bag along with a finisher ribbon.

Starting at 9:00am, the 5K race takes place in Fairview Park on a rolling bike path; afterwards, we move to the post-race party inside to Millikin’s Griswold Gym for awards and warm food.

Event Start Location
Fairview Park, Decatur, IL

Awards following the race at Griswold Gym, Millikin University, 1184 W. Main St, Decatur, IL 62522

Packet Pickup / Expo
Staley Credit Union, 3330 N Woodford St, Decatur, IL 62526

Run for the Library @ Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
Apr 6 @ 8:00 am

10K run and 5K run/walk through the beautiful Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve. The course is a 5K loop. 10K participants will run it twice.

Spring Chance BQ.2 Marathon @ Fabyan Forest Preserve
Apr 13 @ 6:30 am
Spring Chance BQ.2 Marathon @ Fabyan Forest Preserve

Take the best shot at qualifying for Boston with an experienced race team whose goal is to do everything possible to get you and a small group of other runners to the starting line in Hopkinton. With a multi-loop, fast, flat, and scenic course, the Spring Chance BQ.2 provides runners with the best chance at qualifying for Boston.

7th Annual Run for Respect 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk @ Pontiac Township High School
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am

JOIN US! Help us Spread The Word To End The Word by replacing the r-word with the NEW r-word: RESPECT! All proceeds from the Run for Respect benefit Pontiac Township High School’s Special Olympics and Peers In Action programs.
This year’s theme is ROCK RESPECT!

RACE: Accurately measured, chip-timed, flat 5K which begins and ends at Pontiac Township High School.
– 5K starts at 10:00am and 1 mile walk starts after the 5K runners take off (on the high school track).
– Water stop at mile 2.

AWARDS: 5K, overall male/female, male/female age groups.

REFRESHMENTS: Light refreshments provided.

REGISTRATION/ENTRY: 5K and Fun Run participants registering by 4/5/2019 will receive a dry-blend T-shirt. No guarantees for shirts after 4/5/2019.
Adult 5K/1 mile run $20.00 (nonrefundable)
Students 5K/1 mile run $10.00, includes college students (nonrefundable)
– $25.00 same day registration for all
​- $2.00 discount for Lake Run Club Members
Team : Come as a team (3 or more) and earn special recognition and a team plaque! ​

Paper registration form

2019 MC Strong 5k Classic @ The Corn Crib
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am

The event includes a 5k timed run (or untimed, if you wish); a 1-mile untimed walk; a 1-mile Dog Walk or you may be a Virtual Runner. The event is in memory of Michael Collins, an ISU student, who was killed by a drunk driver in March 2014.

Lake Run @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
May 4 @ 8:30 am

$2 discount for LRC members
$1 discount for Illinois Valley Striders, Starved Rock Runners, Springfield Road Runner, Decatur Running Club, and Second Wind

Five distances:

  • 4.37 mile run (7K)
  • 4.37 mile competitive walk (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
  • Finishers medals for 1/2 marathon participants
  • 4.37 mile competitive walk: overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards (No age group for this event)

Partial proceeds from this event will benefit local charities.

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 1985 as the Intercity 10K. After two years the race was changed to a 5 mile run. For years, the 5 mile run was a little longer than 5 miles. In 1993, the Lake Run club began organizing the event and made the 5 mile course accurate.

Packet Pickup and In-Person Registration:
July 3rd: 4-7 pm at Often Running
July 4th: 6-7 am at Miller Park Pavilion

Shuttle Service:
Shuttle service is available between the Corn Crib and Miller Park. Prior to the race, buses will leave the Corn Crib beginning at 5:45 and ending at 6:15. After the race concludes, buses will leave the Corn Crib up through the Awards Ceremony.