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.  If you would like to save the online fee for membership, you can send a check to:  Lake Run Club, c/o Membership PO Box 742 Normal, IL 61761

Join our "WaveRunner" Training Programs, shake out the winter blues and prepare for the upcoming race season.   Our Catch and Ride the Wave programs, will get you out and running the last week in Feb, through the first week in May, preparing you for the Lake Run.  Our group trainers will encourage you, provide running tips and coordinate group runs with you.  It's a great way to meet runners of all abilities and set the stage for improving your endurance and fitness goals. Our program leaders can answer questions that you may have regarding these programs.

Thanks to all the runner's who participated in the Lake Run Club's Frozen Toes Series!

Lake Run Club Banquet will be held on Friday March 20, 2020 at Destihl Brew Works in Normal at 6:00PM.

Banquet Ticket - $15.00, includes appetizer, dinner and beverage of choice. Tickets at the door $20.

Check your 2019 Volunteer Points


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

10:00 am Miller Park Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park
Miller Park Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am
Miller Park Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park
– Chip-timed by It’s Race Time. – Accurately measured 5K; mostly flat with a few rolling hills. – A portion of the route goes through the zoo. – 5K starts at 10:00am with 3K walk following. – Fun Run: 1/4 mile, for children ages 10 and under – starts at... Continue Reading
1:00 pm St. Patrick’s Day 5K @ Bloomington VFW
St. Patrick’s Day 5K @ Bloomington VFW
Mar 15 @ 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... Continue Reading
8:30 am Penguin in the Park @ Penguin in the Park
Penguin in the Park @ Penguin in the Park
Mar 28 @ 8:30 am
Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk will be celebrating its milestone 15th anniversary on March 28, 2020! After his namesake, the Penguin, John Bingham, inspires us all to get out there and be active. Penguin in the Park is the largest (and friendliest) 5K in the Decatur area. This race... Continue Reading
9:00 am Interplanetary 5K @ Interplanetary 5K
Interplanetary 5K @ Interplanetary 5K
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am
Interplanetary 5K @ Interplanetary 5K
Run the Planets! Interplanetary 5K Race + 1 Mile Fitness Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run March 28, 2020 Register by March 10 to guarantee a shirt! A family oriented race/walk for participants off all ages. 5K Race for all ages, 1 Mile Fitness Walk, 1/2 Mile Kids’ Fun... Continue Reading
8:00 am Fearless Together @ Triangle on Constitution Trail
Fearless Together @ Triangle on Constitution Trail
Apr 18 @ 8:00 am
Fearless Together @ Triangle on Constitution Trail
Don’t miss out on an unique opportunity to enjoy a long run with your favorite FEARLESS runners and walkers! Group run/walk together for a 26.2-mile total distance, as one united relay team.  Run/walk your own pace for the distance or time you choose.  You may join the event at any... Continue Reading
9:00 am 2020 MCStrong 5k Classic @ 2020 MCStrong 5k Classic
2020 MCStrong 5k Classic @ 2020 MCStrong 5k Classic
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am
The Classic includes a 5k run, 1 mile walk and a virtual run. Packet pickup and registration is available Friday, April 17, from 4:00-6:00 at Fleet Feet and Saturday, April 18, from 7:30-8:30. Together we can “strike out” drunk driving. The Classic is to glorify God and honor Michael Collins’... 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#153, Sugar Grove Nature Center

By Merlin Anderson | Feb 5, 2020

An amazing total of $1,759 was donated to Sugar Grove Nature Center by the 33 participants, some donations from those that could not attend, and a special donation from Shady Hollow Trail Runners. Thanks so much to all. At 9:00 we gathered for a group photo and to hear from… Continue Reading

ABC#152, Scott Early Learning Center

By Merlin Anderson | Jan 6, 2020

On January 5, a total of 32 participants generously supported the children in our community with donations that totaled $750. Scott Early Learning Center will benefit even more when State Farm employees/retirees apply under State Farm’s matching grant program. If you contributed $25 or more, please be sure to apply…. Continue Reading

ABC#151, for Adopt-A-Family

By Merlin Anderson | Nov 12, 2019

Heartwarming! Temps were cold but hearts were warm. Thanks so much to the 43 participants who joined us at Lisa & Jay Sparks’ home on November 9 to support Adopt-A-Family with donations totaling $1,500. This will provide a great Christmas for our assigned family and maybe one more family. Those… Continue Reading

Tips to Stay Visible While Running

By Tod Williamson | Oct 29, 2019

Submitted by: Rachel Gaffney Running is one of the healthiest forms of exercise. According to the American College of Cardiology, running for just 10 minutes every day can extend your life by several years. While it’s often more peaceful to run on a designated jogging trail or park, it’s common… Continue Reading

ABC#150, for Heartland Head Start

By Merlin Anderson | Oct 7, 2019

The weather was good on October 6 for the 24 participants, sunny and temps in the 50s. Heartland Head Start received donations totaling $748, including two donations from runners that could not attend. Thanks everyone! We wondered if the trails at Sugar Grove would be OK but Jessica Sondgeroth assured… 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”