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Race Instructions for Saturday #penguin5k

We’re excited to have you participate in the 13th Penguin in the Park 5K on Saturday, March 24.  Important information about this weekend’s race is contained in this post, so please read thoroughly. 

  • The 5K will begin promptly at 9:00 am.
  • Move towards the start line by 8:50 for prayer, and pre-race instructions.
  • The 300 meter Penguin Dash will begin at 8:30. The little penguins will be led to the start line. Meet by the bathrooms near the bike bath at 8:15.
  • The forecast looks like it could get soggy. Come prepared as the event will go on rain or shine. Penguins like to get wet 🙂 The race directors will make a determination to delay, postpone, or cancel the race if participants’ safety is at risk, due to events such as lightning.
  • 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!
  • You can still register for the race on race day between 7 am and 8:30 am.
  • Race course map

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 am and 8:30 am.

Parking and Pre-Race

  • We are expecting a lot of folks, 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 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 Blue Brew student-run venture will be in the pavilion selling coffee and hot chocolate.

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 good 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.
  • Vintage Penguin in the Park 5K items will be for sale like t-shirts and race bags for $5.

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

Race Week Tips from John Bingham

Can you believe it? Race week is here! We’re excited to have you this weekend for Penguin in the Park. Whether this is your first race with us or your 13th race with us, John Bingham has some important race week tips for you all.

Discounted Hotel Rates for #Penguin5K Weekend

DACVB LogoAre you traveling to Decatur for Penguin in the Park this year? With the assistance of one of our community partners, the Decatur Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has secured discounted hotel rates for race weekend. These special rates are valid for Friday and Saturday night. Simply call the hotel of your choice and let them know you are in town for Penguin in the Park.  Negotiated rates can be found under our website under Accommodations.

Resolve to Waddle On 3.19.16! Registration is Now Open penguin5k.com – #Penguin5K

It’s a new year and time to look forward to the 11th Penguin in the Park 5K on 3.19.16. Online registration is now open. Come be a part of Macon County’s largest 5K run/walk and see John “The Penguin” Bingham in his only public appearance for the year. We’ve added a 300 meter Tot Trot this year for the youth to get involved in the fun as well. Use the discount code WADDLEON to receive a $2 discount on your registration. Visit penguin5k.com/race-information for all the details.

Sneak Peak at Race Bags #penguin5k

A sneak peak at the race bags the first 1,000 registrants for this year’s Penguin in the Park 5K.

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Price Increase on March 1

Time is running out on the best available rate for Penguin in the Park 5K. On March 1, the registration price increases to $25.  These penguins are going to get their registrations in by March 1. Will you?

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John is Training with You!

runner penguinWe’re almost 3 weeks into 2015. Do you need a goal to keep you on track with your fitness goals? Commit to the Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk on March 28 to give you some motivation. John Bingham is training to run/walk with you as he attends in the year of his retirement.

Register online before March 1 to get the best price on registration with no processing fees.

 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

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.