Central Illinois Running Clubs

Central Illinois Running Clubs
Whether you just started running or have a few marathons under the belt, a running club can help you meet new friends, training partners or run routes. Running clubs also provide a great opportunity for community involvement by volunteering at a race or recruiting new people. Central Illinois is the heart of the running scene. Every town in the heartland from Bloomington-Normal to Quincy has a run club that supports every age and fitness level.
 

Illinois Valley Striders

Based in Peoria, Ill., the Illinois Valley Striders are a running club focused on training and racing. Founded in 1973, the group hosts over 100 run events, including the nationally known Steamboat Classic, featuring a 4-mile and 15k distance. They also help support many causes like the Illinois State Cross Country Championship by providing timing and results. Yearly memberships are available online or through the mail. Group runs are held on Sundays, or you can join one of their 10-week training programs.

Illinois Valley Striders
700 West Main
Peoria, IL 61606
ivs.org

 
 

Decatur Running Club

Started in the mid 1970s, the Decatur Running Club promotes health and fitness through running. It's for beginners, weekend warriors or seasoned marathoners. Hosting social events, race volunteering, timing or training specific runs are all a part of this club.

Decatur Running Club
P.O. Box 3397
Decatur, IL 62524
decaturrunningclub.com

Springfield Road Runners Club

The mission of the Springfield Road Runners Club is to encourage long-distance running to everyone regardless of ability, age or sex. Join them for a Wednesday night track run or one of the training programs that lead up to one of the many races the club directs, including the Frostbite Festival 10-Mile Run and Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon. Family and student memberships are available.

Springfield Road Runners Club
P.O. Box 997
Springfield, IL 62705
srrc.net

Heartland Road Runners

What started as a call to form a group to train for the Chicago Marathon in April 2000 in Quincy, Ill., now has become a large group. Group runs and race specific training are all a part of this club, including the Saturday morning Jog and Java. The Heartland Road Runners are a part of the Road Runners Club of America and sponsor many races including Bridge The Gap To Health and Run To The Cross. Individual and family memberships are available.

Heartland Road Runners
heartlandroadrunnersclub.com

Lake Run Club

Formed in 1998 after a few years of being an informal run group, the Lake Run Club is based in Bloomington-Normal. They offer training groups for adults and kids including beginner specific programs and put on six races including the Lake Run. Family and individual memberships are available. Social events, yearly awards and circuit racing points are all a part of this club.

Lake Run Club
lakerunclub.org

 

Article Written By Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a freelance sports writer and photographer based in California. Her articles and photos appear regularly in newspapers and magazines such as "Triathlete" and "Cross Country Skier." Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in media production and minor in writing. She is studying for her copy editing certificate at the University of San Diego.

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