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Throughout the year, you will likely find Lake Run Club members running at one of these locations. Constitution trail throughout Bloomington Normal, Sugar Grove Nature Center on Tuesday around 5:00 PM. Lake Bloomington on Thursday's at 5:30 PM.
Track Workouts: Wednesday Morning breakfast club at Kingsley Track across from Redbird Arena in Normal. 6:00 AM. Afternoon Session at 5:30 PM. Varying distances, typical workout will be 400 meter repeats, 800 meter repeats, ladder workouts.
If you are considering hosting your own running races, we have outlined some considerations while you plan for your event.
By using runsignup, it allows your race to be posted on race calendars with any running club that uses runsignup within a 50 mile radius. There are several features regarding runsignup, using the link above to find more details of their service. One feature which is great, is the ability to view race participants information, and also help with race planning as your race date approaches, for post race refreshments, T-shirts orders, and mail emails etc.
itsracetime.com is a long standing finish line service. His service is excellent and provides immediate race results posted on itsracetime.com. Lake Run club uses itsracetime for all of our largest races. Smaller races, there is a trade off on the service, as he generally charges a minimum and a fee per race bib. I would plan for a $900 base fee, and $2.25 per bib. Those numbers might be higher, with fuel costs.
itsracetime and lakerunclub provide course measurement service. I would anticipate a fee for this service.
If you are planning on running on any public roads, you will need to sign off from the police, could also require a special events permit. Highly recommend a 1-5 million dollar liability policy too. Typical one day insurance policy cost vary, plan for $250 or more.
Assuming that you're considering a race shirt for those participating? shirt costs and printing have gone up like everything else, so you may need to account for $10.00, or possibly more per runner. If you have sponsors to offset some of the cost, that is a bonus. If not, as you can see from a fundraising perspective, there will be some challenges on making a profit.
Our club has assisted with several non-profits and school 5K races over the years. Generally, as a first time race, it can be a bit of a uphill battle. There are many considerations, such as entry fees, weather and other local running events. You can use the Lake Run Clubs race calendar for conflicts.
Our club does finish line services, for the smaller 5k for those under 100 is our Lake Run Club sweet spot. We charge $150 and include a timing clock. Depending on what you're planning as age groups, such as 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, or 20-29, 30-39, etc. That will also impact the time it takes to tally those results accurately for awards.