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

9:00 am Heartland Harvest 5K @ Heartland Community College Fitness and Recreation Center
Heartland Harvest 5K @ Heartland Community College Fitness and Recreation Center
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am
The 5K course will lead runners through Heartland Community College’s Normal campus to the Corn Crib and back, finishing at the Fitness and Recreation Center where participants will enjoy post-race snacks. Runners will be timed by the Lake Run Club. Registration is $25 if received by October 18. Students and... Continue Reading
7:00 am Healthy Driven Naperville Half M... @ Downtown
Healthy Driven Naperville Half M... @ Downtown
Oct 20 @ 7:00 am
A cool, late October Chicago area Half Marathon and 5K with a scenic tour of Naperville’s parks, neighborhoods, and downtown district, a fast downhill finish on the river, and two great spectator viewing points within easy walking distance of race village. Use promo code RC-LRC-2019-SAVE-5 to save $5 off of... Continue Reading
3:30 pm Oktoberfest Rotary Run 5k @ GE Park/Union Park Clubhouse
Oktoberfest Rotary Run 5k @ GE Park/Union Park Clubhouse
Oct 20 @ 3:30 pm
Every third Sunday in October is our Annual Oktoberfest 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Walk! This run/walk is a fundraiser to support BN Sunrise Rotary’s Youth Services and the CCHS Rotaract Club. The run is a chip-timed 5k on the Constitution Trail from GE park, looping through Tipton Trails,... Continue Reading
6:01 pm Race the Dead @ Kick's Bar & Grill
Race the Dead @ Kick's Bar & Grill
Oct 25 @ 6:01 pm
Race the Dead…if you Dare!  
10:00 am G.R.I.T. Run
G.R.I.T. Run
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am
“It’s more uphill than down,” the experienced runner panted between gasps. The Grueling, Rugged, Inclined Trail (GRIT) Run is an intense 5K run up hills, through creek beds, along the Sangamon River, and under the canopy of changing autumn leaves. $35 per runner. Kids 12 and under run free. It... Continue Reading
9:00 am Allerton Park Trail Run
Allerton Park Trail Run
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am
Allerton Park Trail Run
The chip-timed trail race that we fondly just call “Allerton” consists of both a 5.7-mile trail run and 2-mile nature walk held on the estate of Robert Allerton Park in Monticello, IL. Allerton is always on the last Sunday in October, which obviously occasionally falls on Halloween. This time of... 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#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

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

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”