A group of runners in & around Belleville, IL

Group Runs

Our weekly group runs occur on:

  • Tuesdays, 6pm, SWIC
  • Thursdays, 6pm, downtown Belleville
  • Saturdays, 8am, downtown Belleville

Tuesdays (SWIC)

During Daylight Savings Time, we meet at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows on Tuesday nights at 6:00pm for hill workouts. We meet in the parking lot by the restaurant. Please make certain that you are on our Yahoo Group and/or Facebook Group so that you receive information on any changes to the time or location. This will continue until daylight savings time ends in the fall.

In the fall (after Daylight Savings Time ends), we will meet at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) on Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm for a run along a well lit trail. We meet in the parking lot just north of the Metrolink stop. The trail is about 1.4 miles around, it’s well lit, there are good bathrooms, and there is water. Please make certain that you are on our Facebook Group and Yahoo Group so that you receive information on any changes to the time or location. This will continue until daylight savings time begins in the spring.

Toolen’s Running Start also hosts a Tuesday night speedwork at 5:30pm from their store in Shiloh. Call the store at (618) 628-9898 for more information.

Thursdays (social night)

We meet on Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm in the parking lot at the northwest corner of “A” and “North Jackson” streets, adjacent to Casa Maria Mexican Grill (100 N. High St).

We run a course that consists of a 3 mile loop as shown below, although many people run the 5 mile loop shown below with the Saturday run. Please see the temporary route during construction on the trail – 3 Mile Route –

This is referred to as social night since many of our members often go out for dinner or a drink afterwards

Saturdays (the long run)

We meet on Saturday mornings at 8:00 am in the parking lot behind Margaritas Mexican Restaurant in downtown Belleville.

We run a course that consists of a 5 mile loop. However, this distance and start times can vary during the marathon training sessions. Please see the temporary route during construction on the trail – 5 Mile Route –

Many of our members who are training for a half marathon or marathon often run multiple laps on Saturday mornings. This is when they get in their “long run” for the week.


  • Aaron Koehler
    Posted April 21, 2013 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    I recently moved to swansea.. im REALLY interested in joining.. can someone send me a email with info.. thank you

  • ebrahim khan
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Can anyone tell me what time do u start to run sat morning 28k. Thanx

  • Posted October 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Can you post on your calendar the 2013 Gingerbread Run ? Please.

    Thanks in advance

    Todd Strubhart
    City of Belleville

  • kisha
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I will be visiting the Belleville are in the next couple of days and looking for a good place to run.

  • Darryl schenck
    Posted June 2, 2015 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Do you all still have group runs on Saturday and Sunday? If so where and when

    • Dan Trapp
      Posted June 8, 2015 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

      Yes to Saturday! They are on Saturday mornings at 8:00am. We meet in the parking lot behind St. Louis Bread Company in downtown Belleville, IL.

  • Amelia Baldree
    Posted September 2, 2015 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Hello – I run the RRCA Club in Alexandria, VA and will be home in Waterloo, IL for Labor Day. Going to try and join ya’ll for the Saturday run! I’m running Marine Corp Marathon this year so this is a taper weekend for me. 5-10 miles probably at 11-12 pace. Anyone else doing the same?

  • Heather
    Posted November 8, 2015 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t see the running group on the calendar for Tuesday nights…will that still take place at SWIC? And how long does it usually go for?

    • Dan Trapp
      Posted November 16, 2015 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

      It’s up there now. Yes, that will still take place on Tuesday nights and will pretty much go through until daylight savings time starts again.

  • Posted March 31, 2016 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Good Afternoon,

    My name is Brianna Svec & I am the Special Event Coordinator for Lupus Society of Illinois. I am trying to spread the word about becoming a Lupus Charity Runner for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. If possible, could you promote Lupus Charity Runners to your running club? Below is the registration process, perks of becoming a Lupus Charity Runner & where the funds go.

    Thank you so much!

    SECURE YOUR ENTRY *deadline April 12th
    STEP 1. Submit the Lupus Charity Runner Application. *email to receive application
    STEP 2. Click the following click. This will take you to BOA’s Charity Application page for LSI. *You the runner are responsible for paying the application fee. Fee is $185 for U.S & $210 for non-residents.
    STEP 3. Create your personal fundraising page & start fundraising with FirstGiving!

    • Kopf Virtual Training
    • 2 tickets to the pre-marathon pasta party!
    • Membership/Training with CARA
    • LSI Water Bottle + goodies!
    • Lupus Charity Runner singlet!
    • Lupus Charity Runner Hoodie!
    • Additional fundraising incentives for exceeding your goal!
    • Receive personalized fundraising webpage via FirstGiving to help you reach your fundraising goal!
    • LCR fundraising guide, creative tips and one-on-one assistance to help you reach your goal!
    • Exhilaration of doing good for others while doing well for yourself!

    Funds raised from the Lupus Charity Runner events go toward spreading lupus awareness, statewide support groups, personalized assistance through the Lupus Personal Advisory Program, lupus educational opportunities (teleconferences, seminars, educational coffees) Financial Assistance through the Living with Lupus Grant, Individual Peer Support Network, statewide volunteer health fair programs, lupus coalition efforts & more.

  • Posted September 26, 2016 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    How does one join the group?

    • Dan Trapp
      Posted September 29, 2016 at 4:11 am | Permalink

      To officially join, go to this link:

      And if you want, feel free to join us for a group run at any time. We meet in downtown Belleville on Thursday nights at 6:00pm and on Saturday mornings at 8:00am. We also meet on Tuesday nights at the Shrine.

  • Posted January 17, 2017 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    Hi everyone. Happy New Year! I wanted to let you know about a great new running app that’s dedicated to helping runners connect by making it easy to post and find group runs. The app is called Runopia. It’s totally free. I went ahead and loaded your runs on the app so you can see how simple it is. I loaded a full year’s worth of your runs based on the info you posted on your website. Check out the Runopia app and if you would like to plan your own on runs on there and have your group start using it I can help you with that. Just let me know.

    Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2017!


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