If you think running is an activity best saved for when you’re being chased, John Bingham just may be your hero. Bingham earned the nickname “The Penguin” for advocating that entering a race should be about the fun and the finish—not necessarily about the fastest. In fact, he penned a column in Runner’s World magazine titled “No Need for Speed.” In his honor, Penguin in the Park supports athletics for young people and scholarships at Millikin University, Bingham’s alma mater.
Run for Fun
Bingham’s philosophy that running doesn’t have to be a chore is at the heart of the Penguin in the Park 5K, now in its 14th year at Fairview Park. And it’s currently the largest 5K in the Decatur area, so it’s a message that resonates! This year’s run is March 30, beginning at 9 a.m. There’s also a 300-meter Penguin Dash for kids, which starts at 8:30 a.m. It’s a great way to get younger children engaged in running – and everyone who participates gets a T-shirt, goody bag, and finisher ribbon. It’s easy to register, and discounted registration fees are now just $23 for the run/walk and $13 for the Penguin Dash. After the race, runners gather at Griswold Gym for awards and refreshments.
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