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.


Upcoming Lake Run Club Events

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

Run the Woods 5K and 8K will be held Saturday, October 3rd 2020, with social distancing and wave starts.


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

12:00 am Heartland Haunted Harvest Virtua... @ Anywhere, USA
Heartland Haunted Harvest Virtua... @ Anywhere, USA
Oct 1 @ 12:00 am
Heartland Haunted Harvest Virtual 5K @ Anywhere, USA
The Heartland Haunted Harvest 5K has gone virtual for 2020! This year you can register to run or walk when and where you want during the month of October while supporting students at Heartland Community College. Not quite ready to tackle the 5K event? Take on the 1K walk. This... Continue Reading
5:30 am Trial by Fire @ This is a virtual event
Trial by Fire @ This is a virtual event
Oct 3 @ 5:30 am
Trial by Fire @ This is a virtual event
The Knapp Burn Foundation has chosen October, National Fire Prevention Month, on October 3rd and 4th, 2020, to hold our virtual ‘Trial by Fire’ 5k run/walk for runners and walkers of all ages. All race proceeds benefit the Knapp Burn Foundation in assisting their mission of providing burn survivors with... Continue Reading
9:00 am Easterseals Timber pointe Outdoo... @ Easterseals Run The Woods
Easterseals Timber pointe Outdoo... @ Easterseals Run The Woods
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am
Easterseals Timber pointe Outdoor Center Run The Woods 5k-8k trail run @ Easterseals Run The Woods | Hudson | Illinois | United States
Enjoy a scenic trail run through Easterseals’ Timber Pointe Outdoor Center on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Run The Woods offers an 8k course, classic 5k course and a 1 mile walk/hike. Pick your distance and enjoy the signature pancake breakfast all while raising funds for the children of Easterseals! Run the... Continue Reading
10:00 am Sacha’s Sashay Run/Walk @ Sacha’s Sashay Run/Walk
Sacha’s Sashay Run/Walk @ Sacha’s Sashay Run/Walk
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am
  This annual race is held in honor of Sacha McGrath. Sacha grew up in Mackinaw and loved being part of the community. The community supported her throughout her battle with cancer and this annual event helps give back to the community. All money raised is donated toward community projects... Continue Reading
10:00 am Snyder Shriner 5K @ Snyder Shriner 5K
Snyder Shriner 5K @ Snyder Shriner 5K
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am
Snyder Shriner 5K @ Snyder Shriner 5K
All proceeds go to The Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. If this race has to be done as a virtual event we are still charging for the race. Entry fees are non refundable. It’s a scenic loop of Bloomington including the Lake Side golf course and some great houses. The event begins... Continue Reading
8:00 am Dam Site Marathon and Half Marathon @ Green Gables
Dam Site Marathon and Half Marathon @ Green Gables
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am
Dam Site Marathon and Half Marathon @ Green Gables
Marathon and Half-Marathon This will be a small, local, safe and properly socially distanced run. Your safety is our number one priority as we give you an opportunity to run a Marathon or Half Marathon this fall. Pick your own entry fee – Run for as low as $10! Seriously,... 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#157, for Seedling Theatre

By Merlin Anderson | Aug 29, 2020

ABC Run #157 on August 29 was a great success with $1,000 donated to Seedling Theatre thanks to the generosity of everyone involved. Thanks much to: (a) Laurel & Larry Schumacher for being super hosts at Rosa Parks Commons, providing lots of great fruit, and donating a harvest bowl for… Continue Reading

ABC#156, for St. Jude

By Merlin Anderson | Jun 25, 2020

ABC Run #156 was at Tipton Park on June 20. A record total of $5,110 was donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital thanks to the great generosity of 42 attendees plus 26 others that could not make it but sent us checks or donated online. The donations far exceeded… Continue Reading

ABC#155, The Baby Fold, 4-19-20

By Merlin Anderson | Apr 29, 2020

A pandemic threatened to end the 15 year streak of annual ABC runs for The Baby Fold. People were being asked to stay home except when necessary, keep at least 6 feet apart, and not have gatherings of more than 10 people. This at a time when the needs of… Continue Reading

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

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”