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: Dog Days 5K will be Saturday, July 10th at Lake Bloomington.  Register for Dog Days.

Our Kids Run For Fun Summer Series is back!  The first event will be at Kingsley JR High on their all weather 400 meter track.  Registration starts at 5:30 PM.  2 year olds and under will start at 6:00PM.  First event Friday, July 9th. Trophy night August 13th. Registration.

Ales and Trails at Keg Grove July 28th, Run starts at 5:45PM.  Various distances, including some single track trails around Ewing. Socializing afterwords. Chance to win a free entry into the Run The Woods Race in October.

Evergreen 5k will be Saturday, August 14th at Comlara Park. Register for Evergreen Lake.




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 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 (5k) or walk (3k) 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... Continue Reading
8:00 am 19th Annual Tom Short 5k & 1 Mil... @ General Dacey Trail
19th Annual Tom Short 5k & 1 Mil... @ General Dacey Trail
Aug 7 @ 8:00 am
The Tom Short 5k course is run on the beautiful General Dacey Trail, in Shelbyville, Illinois’s Forest Park. This race is very unique, challenging and competitive! Some of the areas elite athletes from colleges and high schools come to take on the difficult course and break the course record set... Continue Reading
8:00 am Get Your 6.6 on Route 66! @ Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (start line)
Get Your 6.6 on Route 66! @ Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (start line)
Aug 28 @ 8:00 am
Get Your 6.6 on Route 66! @ Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (start line)
At 8 am on Saturday, August 28, 2021, CORE of McLean, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is holding our 8th annual 6.6k (4.1-mile) run/walk on Route 66 from Funks Grove to McLean to benefit the community of McLean, IL. We are excited to once again offer this as a LIVE event!... Continue Reading
9:00 am Illinois Valley Striders 9-11 Me... @ Base of Glen Oak Park
Illinois Valley Striders 9-11 Me... @ Base of Glen Oak Park
Sep 11 @ 9:00 am
Illinois Valley Striders 9-11 Memorial 9.11K Run @ Base of Glen Oak Park
The Illinois Valley Striders are hosting our second annual run to honor 9-11. This run will be open to run/walk 9.11 kilometers in person or virtually in an effort to remember those lost on 9-11-2001 and those first responders that we have lost during and since that tragic day. The... Continue Reading
7:30 am St. Jude Walk/Run and We Care Ha... @ Eastview Christian Church
St. Jude Walk/Run and We Care Ha... @ Eastview Christian Church
Sep 18 @ 7:30 am
St. Jude Walk/Run events are held across the country in September, but this one is unique in including the We Care Half Marathon! Very flat fast out-and-back course. Family-friendly event with something for everyone! Proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Will update details as the race website is... Continue Reading
8:00 am Swifty Swine 5K @ Weldon Springs State Park
Swifty Swine 5K @ Weldon Springs State Park
Sep 25 @ 8:00 am
Swifty Swine 5K @ Weldon Springs State Park
  The 8th annual Swifty Swine 5K takes place on a scenic course during the weekend of Clinton’s 53rd Apple and Pork Festival. The event includes yummy post-race snacks, homemade finishers medals, and trophies to 1st and 2nd male/female finishers in all age categories. We also have a FREE Piglet... 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#164, St. Jude, 6-13-21

By Merlin Anderson | Jun 24, 2021

ABC Run #164 was at Rosa Parks on June 13. Wow! $3,532 donated to St. Jude from the 42 that attended, several others that donated online, and several that donated at the post ABC run party hosted at Lake Bloomington by Matt Stuckel and Shannon Duvendack. Thanks a million to… Continue Reading

ABC#163/Multi-Sport, 5-22-21

By Merlin Anderson | May 25, 2021

ABC#163/Multi-Sport Day on May 2 was another great success with 54 participants and $3,010 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. There was no swim but, hey, it’s still “Multi-Sport” because… Continue Reading

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

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”