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.


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

7:30 am St. Jude Walk/Run Normal & We Ca... @ Eastview Christian Church
St. Jude Walk/Run Normal & We Ca... @ Eastview Christian Church
Sep 21 @ 7:30 am
St. Jude Walk/Run events are held across the country in September, but this one is unique in including the We Care Half Marathon! Very flat fast out-and-back course. Family-friendly event with something for everyone! Proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
7:00 am TBK Quad Cities Marathon @ John Deere Commons
TBK Quad Cities Marathon @ John Deere Commons
Sep 22 @ 7:00 am
TBK Quad Cities Marathon @ John Deere Commons
The TBK Quad Cities Marathon, a USATF certified course, captures the essence of our nation’s heartland with its consistent connection to the Mississippi River, amazing views, and Midwest charm.  Rated a fairly flat and fast course, it is a great Boston qualifier!  The race features one of the finest, most... Continue Reading
7:00 am The Fox Valley Marathon Races @ Downtown
The Fox Valley Marathon Races @ Downtown
Sep 22 @ 7:00 am
The Fox Valley Marathon Races @ Downtown
With a full marathon, 20 mile, and half marathon, The Fox Valley Marathon Races is one of Chicagoland’s premier running events. Starting and ending in historic downtown St Charles, IL, the fast, gentle, shaded course winds through picturesque Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora, and Aurora to a spectacular finish across the... Continue Reading
5:00 pm NCHS Color Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run @ Normal Community High School
NCHS Color Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run @ Normal Community High School
Sep 26 @ 5:00 pm
5k consisting of a mostly flat course with a few slight hills. 5k starts at 5:00 p.m. 1 Mile Fun Run starting 5:30 p.m. Water will be provided to all racers. REGISTRATION/ENTRY: 5k participants registered by September 13th will receive a race t-shirt.  *Shirts are not guaranteed for late/race day... Continue Reading
8:00 am 6th Annual Swifty Swine 5K @ Weldon Springs State Park
6th Annual Swifty Swine 5K @ Weldon Springs State Park
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am
6th Annual Swifty Swine 5K @ Weldon Springs State Park
The 6th Annual Swifty Swine 5K takes place on a scenic course during the weekend of Clinton’s 51st Apple and Pork Festival. It begins and ends at the Chatauqua picnic area at Weldon Springs State Park. The event includes yummy post-race snacks, homemade finishers medals, and trophies to 1st and... Continue Reading
8:00 am Weekend Snackpac 5K/Walk/Kids Fu... @ South Elementary School
Weekend Snackpac 5K/Walk/Kids Fu... @ South Elementary School
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am
Weekend Snackpac 5K/Walk/Kids Fun Run @ South Elementary School
Start/Finish Location: South Elementary School, Chillicothe, IL Start Time: 8:00am for 5K/Walk;8:45am for kids fun run (following finish of 5k). Packet pick-up: 7:00 am morning of race. Timing by Mayhem Race management. IVS Grand Prix Series Race. Participants receive pancake breakfast, race shirt, swag bag, and entry to door prizes.... 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.

ABC#149, for Seedling Theatre

By Merlin Anderson | Sep 3, 2019

ABC Run #149 on August 31 was a success with $846 donated to Seedling Theatre thanks to the generosity of everyone involved. Thanks much to: (a) Laurel & Larry Schumacher for being awesome hosts at their home. (b) 30 attendees (and three other contributors) that donated a total of $846…. Continue Reading

ABC#148, for St. Jude

By Merlin Anderson | Jul 18, 2019

ABC Run #148 was at our house on July 14. An awesome total of $3,030 was donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital thanks to the great generosity of 24 attendees plus 17 others that could not make it but sent us checks or donated online. The donations exceeded my… Continue Reading

5-5-5 Summer Series Wrap Up

By Tanya Giannotti | Jul 14, 2019

Congratulations to our THIRTY SIX 5-5-5 Summer Series award winners! Three races in two weeks: Downs Freedom, Park2Park, and Dog Days! Great job showing up, beating the heat, and crossing that finish line!  A HUGE thank you to series director Holly-Rae Van Hoof, who also directed the Downs Freedom 5k alongside… Continue Reading

ABC#147/Multi-Sport Day

By Merlin Anderson | May 19, 2019

ABC#147/Multi-Sport Day on May 18 was a success with 65 participants and $1,830 donated to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center! Thanks so much to everyone who attended, donated, organized, brought food, and enhanced the day with your enthusiasm and friendship. The weather was great, maybe just a little warm for running… Continue Reading

Next Generation Fitness Testing

By Tod Williamson | Apr 11, 2019

Our club, with the hundreds of members, have a considerable amount of experience regarding fitness and running. Topics such as training to run a faster 5k, how to increase mileage without injury, training for your first Marathon could be obtaining by discussing these topics with club members. One topic often… Continue Reading

Spotlight On……………….. Scott Richardson

Scott’s background story is not only transformative, but inspiring. From starting to ride his bike to lose weight, to beating cancer and competing in triathlons, to ultimately completing his first ultramarathon, Scott is an example to all athletes that when you put your mind to something, great things happen. Read More about “LRC Featured Runner”