Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk will be celebrating its 12th anniversary on  March 25, 2017! The Penguin will be making his only public appearance in 2017 at his alma mater, Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois This is 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!

This year will once again include the 300 meter “Penguin Dash” for the younger penguins that will take place before the start of the 5K. 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.

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
 Coming Soon
Additional Registration Info
  • Online Registration (Coming Soon) closes at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 22. 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 22, 2016.
  • For paper registration (Coming Soon), mail and make checks payable to:
    “Penguin in the Park” 29 Sundance Dr. Mt Zion, IL 62549
  • Registration assumes participation. If you are not able to participate, you are still eligible to receive your t-shirt and race bag. Refunds will not be issued.
Packet Pick-Up and Race Day
  • Packet Pickup: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Staley Credit Union, 3330 N. Woodford, Decatur, on Friday, March 24
  • Packet Pickup and Race Day Registration: 7:00 am – 8:15 am on Race Day at Fairview Pavilion
  • 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 for 5K and Tot Trot participants
  • Goody Bag for 5K and Tot Trot participants
  • Post-race Party, Awards, and Prizes
Race Course
  • 5K starts at 9:00 am, March 25
  • 5K 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