There are great group runs every week. They all are good for runners of any pace and experience. These are hosted by different groups. Most have Facebook pages. You don’t have to be a member to run any of these, but we encourage you to join. It’s a great running community and we help each other get better and faster — and have fun doing it.
Mondays at 6:15 p.m.
Santa Fe High School Track
3110 US-92, Lakeland, FL 33801
Join us every Monday night at the Santa Fe High School track for a group speed workout starting at 6:15pm. The workouts will vary from week to week but the fun and hard work are a constant. Runners of all levels and abilities are welcome and we hope to see you there. Contact Milton Lyons with questions. Also, check LRC Facebook for specific weekly workouts and weather/location changes.
Cleveland Heights Pub Run
Tuesdays at 6:00 pm
Bosko’s Clubhouse Grill
Cleveland Heights Golf Course
2900 Buckingham Ave, FL 33803
FITniche’s Tuesday Night Pub Run takes place at the Cleveland Heights Golf Course clubhouse every Tuesday at 6 pm. The 5K course allows for running or walking at your own pace. After the exercise, join us for food, drinks and fellowship. If it’s your first time, come a few minutes early ensuring your ability to sign the waiver before the run starts. Participants receive a free dry-fit shirt after completing 10 runs. Hope to see you there! See Pub Run Facebook for more info and other updates.
Wine Stable Pub Run
Tuesdays, 7 pm
The Wine Stable
150 S Broadway Ave, Bartow, FL 33830
LRC Hill Workouts
Thursdays at 6 pm
Florida Southern College
1066 Johnson Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803
Join us on Thursday nights at 6pm on Johnson Ave. next to Florida Southern for our hill repeat workout. There are a total of 10 hills if you do them all (7.3 miles) but you can do as many as you like and return to Johnson Avenue at any point. Water and Gatorade will be available and be sure to wear bright visible clothing as we will be running the hill repeats on the roads. For more information on these workouts, contact Dave Quarles.
LBC Pub Run
Thursdays at 5:45 pm
Lakeland Brewing Co.
640 E Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801
This is a more informal run with a 5k route, but people often do variations of pace and distance that fit their own training schedules. Local brews and food and fellowship follow.
Mitchell’s Coffee House Run
Saturdays at 6 am
235 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801
Routes of 3, 6, 9, and 13+ miles. Runners enter a drawing for a free breakfast every week, plus free water and coffee are provided. All Saturday morning runners receive 20% off the cost of their breakfast too. This is a great way to get in your weekly long run.
Black & Brew Coffee Run
Saturdays at 8 am
Black & Brew Coffee & Bistro
205 E Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801
This weekly social run starts later and is a typical 3 mile/5k length. Coffee, food and fellowship follow.
Urban Oak Morning Run
Saturdays, 7:30 am
1135 E Main St, Bartow, FL 33830
The Pack Workouts
Interval and Tempo workouts
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:15 am
First Presbyterian Church
175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, FL 33801
“The Pack” meets at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Tuesdays are tempo runs with a 1 mile warm-up, 3 to 4 miles at tempo pace and 1 mile cool-down. Thursday’s workouts are intervals of various distances. There are about 20 interval workouts the group rotates through. Fall/Winter workouts are geared toward marathon and half marathon distances. Spring/Summer intervals are planned with 5K’s in mind. Workouts are usually about 6 miles total and last about 1 hour. Email questions to Brad Sundgren. See LRC Facebook for each week’s specific workouts.