Penguin in the Park 5K

Sunday, October 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

16th Penguin in the Park in the Books

Thanks to you, the participants, volunteers, and sponsors for another successful Penguin in the Park. After too many years of cold weather in March, it was nice to have the race in warm weather (maybe too warm at 85 degrees), and gather in the open air pavilion for music by the Red Wheelbarrows and awards presentations. The weather from previous race days can be found on our weather history page.

Congratulations to Andrew Anderson and Megan Lockhart, our division champions with times of 18:30.1 and 24:35.7, respectively. A compete set of results along with the age division awards can be found on the results page.

Proceeds from this race go to support a Millikin scholarship in honor of John Bingham, the original penguin and Millikin alumnus, and to support youth athletic programs at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC).

We will keep you posted on the date for the 2022 Penguin in the Park. Until then, continue to waddle on.

Get $3 Off Through October 3

Fall has arrived! We are getting closer to race day on 10/8. Get $3 off by using code FALLISHERE through October 3. We can’t wait to see you for the Penguin in the Park: Fall Edition.

Rates Increase after 8/31. Register Today!

Race day will be here before we know it. Get registered by August 31 before rates increase from $24 to $35. We can’t wait to have you for this year’s spooktacular Penguin in the Park. There will be surprise treats!

Save the Date: October 10 @ 3:00 pm

Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk will be back and in person on October 10, 2021! 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 3:00 pm, the 5K race takes place in Fairview Park on a rolling bike path; afterwards, we will have a post-race party with awards, food, prizes, and entertainment in Fairview Pavilion.

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 2:30 pm. 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.

The race committee is committed to hosting the race in accordance with all CDC, state, and local health guidance. Prior to race day, detailed instructions will be sent regarding guidelines for participating in the race safely, which may include certain restrictions.

Thank You!

From the race directors, thank you for your continued support of Penguin in the Park. It’s 15th year wasn’t what any of us expected, but 461 of you made the commitment on your terms and on your own desired route. Self-submitted results of this year’s virtual run/walk can be found here along with the results from prior years. As well, thank you to all of our sponsors for their continued commitment. Your dedication to fitness and Penguin 5K helps to fund Millikin scholarships and youth athletics at the DISC.

Next Year

We wish we had an answer on the date for the 2021 Penguin 5K, but we’re not to a place where we confidentially can make that call given the uncertainly surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently leaning toward a race in the second half of the year where there is a higher likelihood we can resume activities in-person.

Have your race bag shipped!

We know you’re busy, but we really want you to have this year’s performance t-shirt, medal, and other goodies. Even though you missed our packet pick-up opportunities, you can still have your race bag shipped to your door. Simply go here by November 1 and make a donation for the following amount, based on how many race bags you need shipped. Include in the special notes the race participants you need shipped and we’ll take care of the rest.

  • 1 race bag, $8
  • 2 race bags, $12
  • 3 or more race bags, $15

Did you miss packet pick up?

Did you miss packet pick up last weekend? We are hosting a last chance packet pick up on Wednesday, October 21, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm at Millikin’s Alumni and Development office.

  • The office is located at 1305 W Main St., Decatur, IL  62522 — at the corner of Fairview Ave. and Main St.
  • You can park in the Westminster Presbyterian Church parking lot across the street.
  • Masks are required on Millikin University’s campus.
  • Observe social distancing by maintaining at least 6 ft between you and others.
  • To limit foot traffic, please send one representative from your family or group of friends group to pick up your race bag.

How was your virtual run?

How are those virtual 5Ks going? To log your time, simply run your own 5K route (socially distanced) when it is convenient for you this week. To submit your virtual time, click the following link, find your name, and click Edit Time.

Packet Pick-up Instructions

A socially distanced packet pickup will take place on Saturday, October 10th from 9AM-1PM at the large pavilion in Fairview Park

  • Masks are required in the packet pick-up area in Fairview Park.
  • Observe social distancing by maintaining at least 6 ft between you and others.
  • To limit foot traffic, please send one representative from your family or group of friends group to pick up your race bag.
  • Individuals who live outside of the following counties will have their race bag mailed free of charge if not picked up on October 10.
    • Champaign, Christian, Coles, De Witt, Douglas, Effingham, Logan, Macon, McLean, Menard, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon
    • If you live within the counties listed above and you want your race bag shipped to you, you can add on shipping by clicking here: https://runsignup.com/Race/MyRegisteredRaces – Locate the “Penguin in the Park 5K”.  Click Manage Registration.  In the menu select “Add Ons” and complete your purchase. This feature is available through October 7.
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