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.
Were you planning on attending Penguin in the Park 5K on Sunday afternoon, but had too many other commitments? We know there isn’t a perfect time that fits everyone’s schedule. Run your own Virtual Penguin 5K anytime betwen Friday, October 8 through Monday, October 11, and we’ll mail you your race bag with t-shirt, goodies, and finisher medal, all included in your $40 race fee. We just ask that you post pics on Facebook and tag Penguin in the Park.
Participants who register for the Virtual Penguin will not be assigned a bib number or RFID chip and are not eligible to participate on race day. This is especially for those who know they cannot attend the event on Sunday but want to be part of the action over the weekend. Virtual Penguins DO NOT physically attend on race day.
Prior registrations are not eligible for transfer to the Virtual Penguin. However, you are still welcome to pick up your race bag and t-shirt during packet pick-up or on race day. Friends or family with your registration information are welcome to pick up your packet on your behalf.
Additional Registration Info
Packet Pick-Up and Race Day
|8 & Under||30 - 34||60 - 64|
|9 - 11||35 - 39||65 - 69|
|12 - 14||40 - 44||70 - 74|
|15 - 19||45 - 49||75 - 79|
|20 - 24||50 - 54||80 & Older|
|25 - 29||55 - 59|