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

Thirsty Thursday at Lake Bloomington, June 3rd.  Run starts at 5:30 PM, various distances.

Ales and Trail at Keg Grove June 23rd, Run starts at 5:45PM.  Various distances, including some single track trails around Ewing. Socializing afterwords.


July 4th Park to Park 5 Mile Race will be a in-person event.  Versus the historic point to point course, we are starting the race at Fairview park in Normal.  The course will follow the portion of the trail heading towards the Corn Crib and loop back around to finish at Fairview.  We do plan to follow similar social distancing guides as we have done at the May Lake Run. Sign up for Park to Park. 


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

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

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
7:30 am Odell Days Firecracker 5k @ Located in downtown Odell, IL
Odell Days Firecracker 5k @ Located in downtown Odell, IL
Jul 10 @ 7:30 am
  We can’t wait to see you in person at the 2021 Odell Days Firecracker 5K! The course will take you throughout Odell, an out/back loop in the country and finish downtown. Come dressed in your Fourth of July best! 5K will begin at 7:45AM and will be chip timed... 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 (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 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
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
9:00 am PATH 5K Run/Walk @ Destihl Brewery
PATH 5K Run/Walk @ Destihl Brewery
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am
Save the date! Event details and registration access will be posted soon.


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#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

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

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”