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.

Virtual Penguin

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.

Entry Fees
 5KPenguin Jr. DashVirtual Penguin
Before September 1$24$12$40
Between September 1 and 12:00 pm, October 7$30$15$40
Between October 8 and Race Day$35$20$40
Additional Registration Info
  • Online Registration closes at 2:30 pm on race day. There are no processing fees associated with online registration.
  • Paper registrations will NOT be accepted. Online registration only.
  • $1 discount for Decatur Running Club Members, Millikin Students/Alum/Faculty/Staff, and Decatur Indoor Sports Center Members. Not eligible for multiple discounts. Discounts only apply to pre-registrations by October 8, 2021.
  • 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.
Packet Pick-Up and Race Day
  • Packet Pickup from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm on Race Day at Fairview Pavilion
  • Online registration will remain open until 2:30 on Sunday. No paper registrations.
  • Post-Race Party will be held in Fairview Pavilion
  • Awards and prizes following the race featuring local entertainment and food.
  • Short sleeve performance cotton t-shirt for 5K and Penguin Jr. Dash participants
  • Goody bag for 5K and Penguin Jr. Dash participants
  • Post-race party, and awards for everyone
  • Commemorative finished medal
  • More surprise goodies to be announce later!
Race Course
  • 5K starts at 3:00 pm, October 10. Penguin Jr. Dash starts at 2:30 pm.
  • 5K race starts and ends in Fairview Park on scenic bike path.
  • No dogs or other pets, strollers and the like on the race course.
  • Map of Fairview Park.
  • This event is electronically timed.  Your “chip” is integrated with your bib.  You must wear your bib on your front across your stomach to be electronically timed.

  • 3 awards per age group per gender
  • Commemorative finisher medal
  • Overall male and female winners will be eliminated from their respective age group
Age Groups
8 & Under30 - 3460 - 64
9 - 1135 - 3965 - 69
12 - 1440 - 4470 - 74
15 - 1945 - 4975 - 79
20 - 2450 - 5480 & Older
25 - 2955 - 59