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

Due to COVID19, we have stopped our WaveRunner Training Program.  Our program leaders can answer questions that you may have regarding refunds, moving your fees to 2021.  Thanks for your patience in these challenging times.

Due to COVID19 the St.Pat's 5k, will be held on Sunday, Sept 20th at 1:00PM.

Due to COVID19, The Lake Run 4.37, 12k and 1/2 Marathon will not be held on May 2nd.

Lake Run Club Banquet will be moved from Friday March 20, to Friday June 12th at Destihl Brew Works in Normal at 6:00PM due to COVID19.

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

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
9:00 am Carle Shake the Lake 5K @ Carle Shake the Lake 5K
Carle Shake the Lake 5K @ Carle Shake the Lake 5K
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am
Shirts: Pre-register by March 15 to guarantee a free, soft race T-shirt! Those registering on the day of the event or after March 15 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... Continue Reading
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
8TH ANNUAL RUN FOR RESPECT 5K AND 1 MILE FUN RUN/WALK SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020 AT 10:00AM ​PONTIAC TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL PONTIAC, ILLINOIS JOIN US!  Help us Spread The Word:Inclusion by creating a world where all people are treated with RESPECT! All proceeds from the Run for Respect benefit Pontiac Township High School’s Special... Continue Reading
8:00 am ZCenter Race to Zero @ ZCenter Race to Zero
ZCenter Race to Zero @ ZCenter Race to Zero
Apr 19 @ 8:00 am
This event celebrates and coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is an opportunity to encourage activism within the community to raise awareness and fight to end sexual violence. ZCenter is committed to providing a safe space for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. By participating as an individual or... Continue Reading
8:30 am Lake Run @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
Lake Run @ Green Gables, Lake Bloomington
May 2 @ 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... 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#154, for MARCFirst Pediatric Therapy

By Merlin Anderson | Mar 3, 2020

ABC Run #154 was March 1 at Robyn Walter’s home. Fun event with $1,310 donated to MarcFirst Pediatric Therapy by 36 participants plus 15 others that could not attend but got a shirt. The shirt commemorates surpassing the $150,000 mark in total donations for all 153 ABC runs. Thanks much… Continue Reading

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

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”