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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A socially distanced packet pickup will take place on Saturday, October 10th from 9AM-1PM at the large pavilion in Fairview Park
Since March, we have been working diligently to host a rescheduled 2020 Penguin in the Park in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we have continued to monitor conditions and data as we prioritize everyone’s health and safety. We have determined that hosting an in-person 2020 Penguin in the Park is not the safest for everyone involved.
All hope is not lost! We have decided to host a Virtual 2020 Penguin in the Park from Saturday, October 10 through Sunday, October 18. Complete with race goodie bags, t shirts, fleece head warmer compliments of Staley Credit Union, finisher medal, results, and more! If you previously registered for the race in March, you are automatically included in this event. Registration is reopened through Wednesday, October 7 to meet the demand of others who would like to join us.
An important part of this Virtual Race is submitting your time so that you can see how you rank, much like a traditional run. Beginning October 10th you will be able to submit your time. Simply run your own 5K route (socially distanced) when it is convenient for you. To submit your virtual time, click the following link. (Note: link will not work and you cannot submit a result prior to Oct 10) By your name, click EDIT TIME. You can submit results from Oct 10 – Oct 18. Final results will be available at the same link on Oct 19, 2020.
Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk will be celebrating its milestone 15th anniversary in 2020! 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! All proceeds will help benefit the Decatur Indoor Sports Center youth programs and Millikin’s John “The Penguin” Bingham Scholarship.
Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and guidelines now in place for the State of Illinois and the Millikin University campus, our 2020 race day on March 28 is being postponed.
We are working with our partners to confirm a new race weekend date sometime in the second half of the year. We care about the health and safety of our faithful participants, volunteers, and spectators, and we wish you all well. We will continue to update you as we make plans for a new race date and your options for participation.
Wishing you health and safety during these unique circumstances,
Penguin 5K Race Committee