Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on  March 28, 2015! The Penguin will be making a special return to his alma mater, Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois since his official retirement announcement for a race that 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 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, warm food, and inspiration from the Penguin.

Entry Fees
  • Before March 1: $23
  • March 1 – March 25: $25
  • After March 25 and on Race Day: $30
Additional Registration Info
  • Online Registration closes at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 25. All other registrations must be taken on race day. T-shirt availability and/or size cannot be guaranteed for race day registrants. There are no processing fees associated with online registration.
  • $1 discount for Decatur Running Club Members, Millikin Students/Alum/Faculty/Staff, and Decatur Indoor Sports Center Members. Not eligible for multiple discounts. Discounts only apply to pre-registrations by March 25, 2015.
  • For paper registration, mail and make checks payable to:
    “Penguin in the Park” 29 Sundance Dr. Mt Zion, IL 62549
Packet Pick-Up and Race Day
  • Packet Pickup: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Staley Credit Union, 3330 N. Woodford, Decatur, on Friday, March 27
  • Packet Pickup and Race Day Registration: 7:00 am – 8:15 am on Race Day at Fairview Pavilion
  • Coffee Connection will be on-hand prior to the race warming you up with delicious hot coffee and beverages in their mobile truck.
  • Pre-registered participants who pick up their race packet at Staley Credit Union will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Visa Check Card from Staley Credit Union
  • Post-Race Party will be held at Griswold Gym on Millikin’s campus following race. There will be plenty of food!
  • Awards and prizes at 10:30 am featuring John Bingham, famed penguin, world-renowned columnist and running/fitness enthusiast.
  • Short Sleeve T-Shirt
  • Post-race Party, Awards, and Prizes
Race Course
  • Race starts at 9:00 am, March 28
  • Race starts in Fairview Park on roadway then switches to scenic bike path and finishes near the large pavilion.
  • No dogs or other pets, strollers and the like on the race course.
  • Map of Fairview Park.
  • This event is electronically timed.  Your “chip” is integrated with your bib.  You must wear your bib on your front across your stomach to be electronically timed.

race course

  • 3 awards per age group per gender
  • Commemorative finisher medal
  • Overall male & female winners will be eliminated
    from their respective age group
Age Groups
8 & under
25 – 29
50 – 54
9 – 11
30 – 34
55 – 59
12 – 14
35 – 39
60 – 64
15 – 19
40 – 44
65 – 69
20 – 24
45 – 49
70 – 74
75 & over