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 – 5:30 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
  • 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


Decatur Running Club
This race is part of the Decatur Running Club Grand Slam series. Successful completion of Penguin in the Park, Whitmore Classic, Sand Creek Trail Race, and Shoreline Classic will be awarded the DRC Grand Slam medal. For more information, go to the Decatur Running Club website.