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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 Local Running Events

Saturday March 6th, Miller Park Zoo Run 5k 

This 5k run, 3k walk, and Fun Run (¼ mile for children 10 and under) is the first on the Lake Run Club (LRC) calendar for the year and is held in historic Miller Park, the surrounding neighborhood and Miller Park Zoo. Proceeds from the 2021 event will be used to expand the Children’s Petting Zoo including the addition of Mule Foot Hogs.  Register here!

Sunday March 28, Run for Hope 5K, 10K 10:30 AM

The 2021 Run For Hope is the seventh annual race that benefits Home Sweet Home Ministries. The races include a 10K, a 5K and a Kids Fun Run that all begin and end at Home Sweet Home Ministries Warehouse Operations Center (1700 West Washington St. in Bloomington) and run west along the Constitution Trail.  These distances and routes offer runners a unique opportunity to race in the beautiful open country of West Bloomington and McLean County.  Additional information and race registration.

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.

 

About

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

Mar
6
Sat
10:00 am Miller Park Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park Pavilion
Miller Park Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park Pavilion
Mar 6 @ 10:00 am
Miller Park Zoo Stampede @ Miller Park Pavilion
This 5k run, 3k walk, and Fun Run (¼ mile for children 10 and under) is held in historic Miller Park, the surrounding neighborhood and Miller Park Zoo. Proceeds from the 2021 event will be used to expand the Children’s Petting Zoo including the addition of Mule Foot Hogs. Our... Continue Reading
Mar
20
Sat
7:00 am LIVE Deer Park St. Paddy’s 10K a... @ La Hacienda
LIVE Deer Park St. Paddy’s 10K a... @ La Hacienda
Mar 20 @ 7:00 am
Registration is open for the LIVE Deer Park St. Paddy’s 10K and 5K on March 20th. Register risk-free and your card won’t be charged until March.
Apr
17
Sat
10:00 am 9th Annual Run For Respect–VIRTUAL @ Pontiac Township High School
9th Annual Run For Respect–VIRTUAL @ Pontiac Township High School
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am
9th Annual Run For Respect--VIRTUAL @ Pontiac Township High School
​VIRTUAL 5K RUN SIGN-UP AND RUN FROM FEBRUARY 1 – ​MAY 1, 2021   Our high school Peers In Action group and the Life Skills classes have been working with Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools to SPREAD THE WORD: INCLUSION. We want to create a world where all people are... Continue Reading
May
1
Sat
8:30 am 2021 Lake Run 4.37 Mile, 7.44 Mi... @ 2019 Lake Run
2021 Lake Run 4.37 Mile, 7.44 Mi... @ 2019 Lake Run
May 1 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
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. 2020 will be the  marked the 39th anniversary of this local favorite running event. In addition to... Continue Reading
Sep
18
Sat
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


Racing 

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.

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

ABC#158, for Heartland Head Start

By Merlin Anderson | Oct 15, 2020

Thanks to Heartland Head Start for writing this article. Thanks also to Audrey Sparks and David Weber for photography, and the the 38 participants/contributors. Sunday, October 4th was a beautiful crisp morning to gather at Rosa Parks Commons to run for Heartland Head Start!  We successfully collected $786 to directly… Continue Reading

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

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”