Virtual: 10.10.20 through 10.18.20

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Still Time to Register!

Registration is still open for Virtual Penguin in the Park, taking place from Saturday, October 10 through Sunday, October 18. Complete with race goodie bags, t shirts, fleece head warmer compliments of Staley Credit Union, and finisher medal.
If you previously registered for the race in March, you are automatically included in this event. Registration is reopened through Wednesday, October 7 if you didn’t get a chance to register this spring. More information, including info about packet pick-up, can be found on our Virtual Race Information page.

Penguin 5K to be virtual Oct 10 – Oct 18

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.

Packet Pickup

  • 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 to pick up your packet
    • To limit foot traffic,  please send one representative from your family or group of friends group to pick up your race bag.
    • If you do not live in the following counties, you will have your race bag and finisher medal mailed to you free of charge if not picked up at packet pickup.
      • Counties not eligible for free shipping: Champaign, Christian, Coles, De Witt, Douglas, Effingham, Logan, Macon, McLean, Menard, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon
      • It may take up to two weeks following October 10 to receive your race bag
      • If you live in one of the counties listed above and you do not know someone who can pick up your race bag for you, you may elect to have your packet shipped for an additional $8. Details on how to request shipping are forthcoming.
    • If you previously registered for the Virtual 5K, your race packet will be shipped for free.
    • Additional details will follow as we get closer to race day.

Additional Registration Info

  • Online Registration closes at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, October 7. There are no processing fees associated with online registration.
  • No other registrations will be allowed other than those online and prior to the registration cutoff of Wednesday, October 7, 11:59 pm.
  • $1 discount for Decatur Running Club Members, Millikin Students/Alum/Faculty/Staff, and Decatur Indoor Sports Center Members. Not eligible for multiple discounts.
  • 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.

Stuff We All Get!

  • Short sleeve performance cotton t-shirt
  • Fleece head warmer compliments of Staley Credit Union
  • Penguin finisher medal
  • Goodie bag with snacks and a commemorative 15 year anniversary button

Entry Fee

Submitting Your Result

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.

Why Penguin in the Park?

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.

Penguin 5K Postponed (COVID-19)

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

#penguin5k t-shirts on sale!

Do you love that Penguin race T-shirt? Need extras for friends and family? Select any 2 T-shirts for $10, shipping included. Sizes may be limited.

To purchase, select a year/color/size, then select “Add to Cart.” This will open up a new tab. Then, go back and select your second shirt to add it to your shopping cart. You can then check out securely through PayPal using credit/debit card or your PayPal account.

Important: If you only select one shirt and check out, we will charge you an additional $5 for shipping.

All proceeds go to our mission, to support the John Bingham Scholarship at Millikin University and to support youth athletic programs at the DISC.

Head to our online marketplace to pick up your t-shirts today!

Eat too much turkey? Use discount code TURKEY to save $2

Eat too much turkey 🦃? The holidays are a tough time to manage weight and fitness with all the parties and sweets that tempt us at every corner. Commit to running the Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk on March 28 to give yourself a goal to achieve after the holidays. The 300 meter Penguin Dash is back to encourage fitness for our youth as it our Virtual Penguin for those who can’t be there on race day. Celebrate our 15th anniversary in 2020.

🐧 Use $2 discount code TURKEY through 12/7 at penguin5k.com

Do you love that Penguin T-shirt?

Do you love that Penguin race T-shirt? Need extras for friends and family? Select any 2 T-shirts for $10, shipping included. Sizes may be limited.

To purchase, select a year/color/size, then select “Add to Cart.” This will open up a new tab. Then, go back and select your second shirt to add it to your shopping cart. You can then check out securely through PayPal using credit/debit card or your PayPal account.

Important: If you only select one shirt and check out, we will charge you an additional $5 for shipping.

All proceeds go to our mission, to support the John Bingham Scholarship at Millikin University and to support youth athletic programs at the DISC.

Head to our online marketplace to pick up your t-shirts today!

Race Day Instructions

Race Information
We’re excited to have you participate in the 14th Penguin in the Park 5K on Saturday, March 30. If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time. You can register at Packet Pickup (read below) or prior to the race for $35.

The morning should be filled with enthusiasm, a great race course, and fellowship with fellow runners and walkers.  This email contains important information about packet pickup and race day, so please read on.

Packet Pick Up
▪ Pick up your race packet on Friday at Staley Credit Union on N. Woodford in Decatur between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. click here for directions. Participants who pick up their packet on Friday are automatically entered in a drawing for a $25 Visa gift card.

▪ Race packets may also be picked up prior to the race on Saturday between 7:15 am and 8:30 am.

Parking and Pre-Race
We are expecting large turnout this year, so parking will be difficult. We recommend that you park in one of the Millikin parking lots along Fairview Ave (in front of Kirkland Fine Arts Center or next to Westminster Church). Click here for a campus map. This will allow you easy access to both Fairview Park and Griswold Gym for the post-race party with a little warm-up and cool down walk to and from both locations.

▪ Prior to the race, Millikin’s student-run venture Blue Brew, will be on site selling hot drinks to keep you warm and gear you up for the race.

The Race
▪ The race is electronically timed by a “chip” that is integrated into your bib number. You must wear your bib on your front across your stomach (and visible). Your bib DOES NOT have to be returned or the tag torn when you cross through the chute and is disposable. Remember, no bib… NO TIME!

▪ A map of the race course can be found here

Post-Race Party
When you are finished with the race, grab a cup of water and head over to Millikin’s Griswold Center for the post race party where you’ll find food, water provided by Pepsi, pasta, and famous Ray’s Chili.

Check out the prize table to see if you have won a gift certificate or other goodies provided by our generous sponsors.

We will also have past Penguin in the Park 5K items for sale in addition to window decals designed and printed by Trump Direct. You may obtain a window decal for a donation into the John Bingham Scholarship Fund.

Remember that “The miracle isn’t that you finished. It’s that you had the courage to start.”
We look forward to having you in Fairview Park this weekend and we’re excited about another great Penguin in the Park.

Happy Waddling,
Penguin in the Park Race Committee

Are you the face of the Penguin 5k?

We’d love hear from fellow Penguins. What inspired you to run/walk Penguin in the Park this year or in previous years? Was it for health reasons? Was it to honor a loved one? Did someone put you up to it? You all have a story to tell that motivates others to get out there and have an active lifestyle.

Email us your story (video or text) by March 4. Your story may be featured to help inspire the Penguin in all of us.

Penguin Jr. Dash

Did you know Penguin in the Park also has a 300 meter Penguin Jr. Dash for the youngsters? This untimed race starts at 8:30 before the 5K begins at 9:00. Youth run from 300 meters out from the finish line and get to finish through the same archway as the rest of the runners to receive a finisher ribbon. Participants receive a goody bag, which includes a t-shirt and all the same amenities as the the 5K participants. Sign your little penguin up for the Penguin Jr. Dash today!

Penguin in the Park 5K registration opens July 10

Come to Fairview Park in Decatur on July 10 for the Tuesday Night Park Runs, now in its 40th year. Sign-ups begin at 5:30. 1/2 mile tot trot begins at 6:00. 1, 3, and 6 mile runs start around 6:15. The cost is $1. All proceeds go to support the Staley Striders youth running programs.

Wear your Penguin 5K t-shirt from prior years for the penguin photo both and get a $3 discount code to the 14th Penguin in the Park 5K, to be held on March 30, 2019.

Tuesday, come for prizes and treats sponsored by the Trump Family and Staley Credit Union.

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