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.)
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
The 2019 Run For Hope is the sixth annual race that benefits Home Sweet Home Ministries. The races include a 10K, a 5K and a Kids Fun Run that all begin and end at Home Sweet Home Ministries Warehouse Operations Center (1700 West Washington St. in Bloomington) and run west along the Constitution Trail. These distances and routes offer runners a unique opportunity to race in the beautiful open country of West Bloomington and McLean County.
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.
7:45 a.m. on site-registration & T-shirt pick-up
9 a.m. race start time
Event Day Registration:
Pre-register by March 10 to guarantee a free, soft race T-shirt! Those registering on the day of the event or after March 10 are not guaranteed a T-shirt or the correct size.
T-shirts and other items will not be provided to those under age 16 that register without paying a registration fee
Free parking available at the Champaign County Fairgrounds
This year the following awards will be given out after the event:
Top Overall male and female
Top (3) male and female in the following age groups: 19 & Under, 20–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, 70+
First Veteran to Finish
First Stroller to Finish
First Dog to Finish
Most Spirited Race Fans
NEW for 2019!
Participation ribbons for kids under 16
Bounce house for kids and food trucks (weather permitting)
This is a family-friendly and leashed pet-friendly fun run (strollers welcome).
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!
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.
Brighten your night and join us for the Neon at Night 5K Fun Run! Participants are encouraged to wear neon colors as they run through campus at night.
Please join us for the Run for the Fallen Half Marathon Run, 5k Run/Walk, and 3k Run/Walk by honoring and supporting Gold Star Families and our Fallen Heroes. All races will be held primarily within three beautiful Winnebago County Forest Preserves; Kishwaukee, Blackhawk Springs and Espenschied. Much of the half marathon is on trails ranging from grassy double-track to twisting and technical single-track. The remainder is on paved roads and paths. The 5k Run/Walk utilizes a mix of paved and gravel. The 3K Run/Walk utilizes paved roads. Both races traverse a stretch of private property that is only open to registered racers on the day of the race. Scenic, well-marked, and with plenty of aid stations, these two events are ideal for first timers, but can also be a challenging race for experienced trail runners. Both courses will be supported and remain open for four hours, 8 AM to noon. The Gold Star Mission is a nonprofit organization that seeks to Honor and Support Gold Star Families by preserving the memory of our Fallen Heroes through service to others in need.