Get ready for a PR! This 5k course is about as flat as you can get. The race starts and finishes on Lincoln Avenue and is basically an out and back course. The race course was near the Schooners Eatery for many years, but was moved to its current location in 1994.
- Early Packet Pick-Up: 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Saturday, March 16 at the Bloomington VFW Post 454
- Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Bloomington VFW Post 454
Proceeds will be donated to Veterans Helping Veterans.
Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk will be celebrating its milestone 15th anniversary on March 28, 2020! After his namesake, the Penguin, John Bingham, inspires us all to get out there and be active. Penguin in the Park is the largest (and friendliest) 5K in the Decatur area. This race embraces the Penguin in all of us — a race for the speedy, and those who want to take their time and enjoy the course!
Starting at 9:00am, the 5K race takes place in Fairview Park on a rolling bike path; afterwards, we move to the post-race party inside to Millikin’s Griswold Gym for awards, and warm food.
This year will once again include the 300 meter Penguin Jr. Dash for the younger penguins that will take place before the start of the 5K at 8:30 am. This is a great opportunity to include youth in a sport and activity that is life long. Make Penguin in the Park a family activity this year. Penguin Dash participants will receive a short sleeve t-shirt and goody bag along with a finisher ribbon.
Run the Planets!
Interplanetary 5K Race + 1 Mile Fitness Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run
March 28, 2020
Register by March 10 to guarantee a shirt!
A family oriented race/walk for participants off all ages. 5K Race for all ages, 1 Mile Fitness Walk, 1/2 Mile Kids’ Fun Run
Walk or run through portions of the Central Illinois Community Solar System, the world’s most complete large scale model of the Solar System
Participants will follow the routes of interplanetary explorers through the Solar System, from the Sun – past Mercury, Venus, and Earth – to Mars and back along the Riverfront Trail
It’s athletic, it’s educational, it’s fun… for the whole family!
Peoria Riverfront Museum (check-in & awards), Gateway Building (start & finish Line)
Course: Entirely flat (no hills) along the Riverfront Trail (from Gateway Building to Detweiller Marina)
Friday, March 27: packet pickup from 12 to 5:30 pm, Peoria Riverfront Museum
Saturday, March 28:
7:30-8:30 am: Race day registration; packet pickup
9 am: 5K Race start
9:05 am: 1 Mile Fitness Walk start
9:30 am: Kids’ 1/2 Mile Fun Run start
Refreshments after 5K race; awards after the Kids’ Fun Run
5K Race (3.1 miles): $25 ($30 race day), without shirt: $20 ($25 race day)
1 Mile Fitness Walk: $20 ($25 race day), without shirt: $15 ($20 race day)
Kids’ Fun Run: $15 (includes Terry the Tractor book), without shirt: $10
Family Fun Run pricing: after registering 2 children, additional Fun Run participants in the same family pay only $7 each (must register by mail or in person for special pricing)
Make checks payable to “Peoria Riverfront Museum”
Registration is also available in person at the museum’s front desk, and by mailing in the 2020 form.
IVS Grand Prix participants receive $5.00 discount on registration. Please email the IVS Grand Prix Administrator at email@example.com, or visit the IVS website for more information.
T-Shirt: All race participants pre-registered by March 5 have the option to receive a gender specific moisture-wicking technical T-shirt. Participants may also choose not to receive a shirt, for a discounted entry fee. Fun Run participants will receive a cotton T-shirt. Race T-shirts from past races will be available for purchase at packet pick up and on race day.
Awards to overall male and female winners, and top male and female 5K runners in each age division. Certificates for kids and fitness walkers. All kids will receive their choice of a Terry the Tractor book, signed by the author and race director, Mike Rucker.
DIVISIONS & RACE INFO
5K divisions: overall male and female; 9 and under; 10-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75 and up
Inquires: please contact Renae Kerrigan at rkerrigan@
The Bridge the Gap to Health Race features a 5K, 10K, and half marathon for the competitive runner as well as a 5K leisure walk that start at 8:00 a.m. The Paul Arndt Kid’s Fun Run starts at 9:30 a.m. The race takes place in Quincy, IL. on May 16 in Clat Adams Park. The event has hosted a multitude of competitive runners over the years, and maintains a family-friendly atmosphere.
Packet pick-up is available Friday evening before the race on May 15 at our local university or on the morning of the race. We award medals to our top three overall finishers of each race as well as top males and females in each race within each age category. Details available on our website. We provide 5K and 10K registrants with a t-shirt and the half marathon race provides a full zip apparel item. All race participants receive access to post race food and an alcoholic beverage ticket for race completion. Participants can register on the morning of the race. This year will be the second medal of our three year connecting medal. Check out the medal design here: https://youtu.be/555GRTcRNOA
Our race course crosses the Mississippi River into Missouri and returns back to Illinois. The half marathon portion of our race continues onto our Klingner Trail with has the largest pedestrian footbridge in Illinois. So join us to cover two states and cross two major bridges in this race.