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.


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Upcoming Local Running Events

Saturday May 1st, Lake Run 12K, 4.37 and 3 mile walk 8:30 AM

The first Lake Run, a loop around Lake Bloomington, was held in 1982 and had 224 finishers. The race became an annual event, added a shorter loop and continues to grow each year. 2021 will be the  marked the 40th anniversary of this local favorite running event. The 1/2 marathon will not be offered this year, but will be moved to the fall at Lake Bloomington.  Register for the Lake Run.  Lake Run Club Members will have a significant discount for the 40th anniversary event.  Social Distancing expectation and information.

We will have packet pickup at Often Running Friday, April 30th from 2:30 PM to 7:00 PM.  Race day packet pickup will be from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM.

To volunteer to help with the Lake Run May 1st event, please sign up here.  We have several volunteer positions that will still allow you to race the event, in additional to assisting with packet pickup and race shirt distribution at Often Running the Friday before the race.



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

2:00 pm Tri-Point National Honor Society... @ Cullom Park, Cullom IL
Tri-Point National Honor Society... @ Cullom Park, Cullom IL
May 16 @ 2:00 pm
The 5k run for the NHS group can be completed in-person or virtually. Virtual runners must send a photo of their 5k results to buckleya@tripointschools.org between May 7th-May 14th. You can also join our club on Strava to submit your time. Search Tri-Point NHS 5k run. We will send you... Continue Reading
8:00 am Hot Tamale 5k @ Eastview Christian Church
Hot Tamale 5k @ Eastview Christian Church
May 22 @ 8:00 am
Hot Tamale 5k @ Eastview Christian Church
  Family friendly 5k with youth prices and free tamales! Awesome Hot Tamale performance shirts guaranteed with registration until May 12. All proceeds will help feed Central American families facing food shortages due to the pandemic.      
9:00 am Catalyst Ministries 5K @ Tipton Park
Catalyst Ministries 5K @ Tipton Park
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am
Registration details to be posted soon… Catalyst Ministries is hosting a fundraising/awareness 5K on June 5th at Tipton Park. A little more about Catalyst Ministries RAISE AWARENESS We educate and engage the local community to understand the realities of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and to help strengthen, support, and... Continue Reading
7:30 am 25th Annual Race With Your Heart... @ Eureka Lake in Eureka IL
25th Annual Race With Your Heart... @ Eureka Lake in Eureka IL
Jun 12 @ 7:30 am
25th Annual Race With Your Heart & Pancake Breakfast @ Eureka Lake in Eureka IL
Join us for a leisurely 2 mile walk on a flat surface around Eureka Lake or enter into one of our two challenging and competitive races. Both race courses are beautiful; going through the woodlands along Eureka Lake. The 10K also has a short loop in a nearby quiet neighborhood.... Continue Reading
7:30 am Lake Escape 10k/5k/Kids 1K @ 140 Shawnee Lane Lake Iroquois
Lake Escape 10k/5k/Kids 1K @ 140 Shawnee Lane Lake Iroquois
Jun 19 @ 7:30 am
Lake Escape 10k/5k/Kids 1K @ 140 Shawnee Lane Lake Iroquois
We will be running LIVE this year!! The Lake Escape is a rolling, partially shaded figure-8 course traversing the roads around the beautiful twin lakes, Lake Iroquois and Bayles Lake, in Loda, IL. Starting near the beach of Lake Iroquois, 10k runners will complete the clockwise loop around Bayles Lake... Continue Reading
8:00 am HogWild 5K @ McLean County Fairgrounds (Interstate Center)
HogWild 5K @ McLean County Fairgrounds (Interstate Center)
Aug 1 @ 8:00 am
HogWild 5K @ McLean County Fairgrounds (Interstate Center)
  Come run the McLean County Fairgrounds in support of McLean County youth! Route takes you in, out and through the fairgrounds just ahead of the McLean County Fair. Participants will receive 4 McLean County Fair Admission tickets, goody bag and race t-shirt(if sign up by July 15). Packet pick... 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#162, The Baby Fold, 4-17-21

By Merlin Anderson | Apr 21, 2021

So awesome and heartwarming!  An amazing $4,685 was donated to support The Baby Fold this year, a Baby Fold ABC record, and the 2nd highest total among all 162 ABC runs! We had 36 on-site participants, several on-line donations, and several that got their donations to me before or after… Continue Reading

ABC#161, for Scott ELC, 3-13-21

By Merlin Anderson | Mar 16, 2021

Another record! $1,251 is the highest total of all 13 ABC runs for Scott Early Learning Center. Thanks so much 38 attendees and three other donors for your generous support of the children in our community. Scott ELC will benefit even more when State Farm employees/retirees apply under their matching… Continue Reading

Bob Pool’s Final Finish Line

By Merlin Anderson | Feb 15, 2021

by Dan Gould & Charlie Grotevant There are runners who are passionate about our sport and there are runners who are passionate about  our sport.  Bob Pool was, clearly, one of the latter. Bob, 84, years young, sprinted across life’s final finish line on February 4, 2021, at the  Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth, Illinois, where he… Continue Reading

ABC#160, for Sugar Grove, 1-9-21

By Merlin Anderson | Jan 12, 2021

Wow! $2,525 was donated to Sugar Grove Nature Center by the 58 participants, including donations from four that could not attend. That is the highest total of all sixteen ABC events that have been held for Sugar Grove Nature Center. Thanks everyone. When I arrived at 8:45, Mariah Myers of… Continue Reading

ABC#159, for Adopt-A-Family

By Merlin Anderson | Dec 10, 2020

So heartwarming! On November 14 it was 30 degrees with a 20 mph wind but 47 participants came to Rosa Parks Commons and another 13 people send a donation. A total of $3,120 was contributed to Adopt-A-Family! This will provide a great Christmas for our assigned family and at least… 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”