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

11:00 am Da Deer Run Run @ Comlara Park
Da Deer Run Run @ Comlara Park
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am
Euro-style cross country run will take you on scenic trails, over streams, up and down hills, and over barriers while allowing you to see nature and wildlife up close.   Registration   
12:00 pm Saturday Before Christmas Run @ Green Gables
Saturday Before Christmas Run @ Green Gables
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm
Burned out from too much holiday hassle and gross commercialism? Looking for a bit of fun and some cheap relief? Well, the Saturday Before Christmas Run may be just what you need. No cost, no purpose, no hassle, and as much fun as you want to indulge in. If you’ve... Continue Reading
10:30 am IVS New Year’s Day Resolution 5k... @ Tower Park
IVS New Year’s Day Resolution 5k... @ Tower Park
Jan 1 @ 10:30 am
IVS New Year's Day Resolution 5k Run/Walk @ Tower Park
Want to start on your running goals for the New Year? Of course you do – the beginning of the year inspires all of us to dream big and set goals. What better way to do it than with like-minded people? We’re going to make it even easier for you... Continue Reading
1:00 pm Chilly Chilly Run @ Green Gables
Chilly Chilly Run @ Green Gables
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:45 pm
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
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


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#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

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

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”