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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.

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!

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!

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!

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