In 2014, a motivated 17 year old, Robert Lawrence, started Robert’s Run for Dyslexia as his Eagle Scout project.  The 5K/1 mile event is geared to educate the community and spread awareness.  Robert was diagnosed with dyslexia in the second grade and was tutored at the Center in fourth grade for 2 years. He credits the Center and his tutor for significantly impacting his life.

Robert has since achieved many successes! Robert graduated High School as a member of The National Honor Society. He ran Varsity Cross Country for Pekin High School and was a singer-dancer for “The Notables” Pekin Show Chorus.  Currently he is attending college and plays an important role on the board of DAN as a student representative, and stays very active in fundraising for the Center that is dedicated to serving students like him.

All money raised goes to a scholarship fund built to assist families with tuition for tutoring.

2018 Run Information

How Much?

Student – $15
Registration – $30
Race Day $35
Includes t-shirt and pancake breakfast with one free drink (t-shirt only guaranteed until June 10th)

New this year –
Virtual Race – $25 (t-shirts guaranteed with registration through June 9th)
We know folks can’t always attend our scheduled event, but want to participate. By registering for the virtual race, you can participate at your leisure.


June 23,2018   7:30am
Rail House Start & Finish
After Party: Rail House
Pekin, IL

Other Info

Packet pickup: 2 locations
Wednesday June 20, 2018 10am-noon
Dyslexia Awareness Network Learning Center
2900 W. Lake Ave, Peoria, IL (Lower Level)

Thursday June 21, 2018 4-6pm
Running Central Downtown Peoria.

T-shirt sizes:
Youth: Medium Large

Adult: Sm, Med, Lg, XL (2x & 3x – $4.00 extra)