Middle School Summer Development Program - mid-June through October

The middle school program is intended to encourage enthusiasm for running by striving to instill a love of the sport in a fun and encouraging community.   The middle school program is open to anyone in 5th through 8th grade regardless of school affiliation or ability level.  For youth interested in adding competition skills, the LRC Lightning Cross Country team is an option to race race middle school cross country 3k distance.

Join the 2019 Text Group on Remind for location updates and weather cancellation notices – text @lrcxcteam to 81010

Registration is free but requires an account with Local Races.  Adults will need to set up an account and then add their child(ren) to their account to register them.

Parents are encouraged to participate in the workouts or use the time to complete their own workout at the location.  Parents do not have to be LRC members for their children to run. 

Come dressed in shorts, t-shirt, and running shoes – it’s hot, so no long sleeves or long pants. Bring a filled water bottle.

The LRC middle school program will run from a variety of locations, the location for each week will be sent via text (see link above).  We may meet at Dobbins Park, Holloway Park, Lake Mirror, Fletcher Park at Lake Bonny, Lake Hollingsworth, Three Parks Trail, Lakeland High School Track or another location near Lakeland.

No. Anyone at any level is invited to join us.  The goal is for each individual to improve their fitness and ability.

We will ask the kids to do things outside their comfort zone. 

The start time for Tuesday group runs is 6 pm, practice should last about an hour.

We will meet beginning in summer and will meet most every Tuesday through October. Those who choose to participate on the LRC Lightning cross country team will have additional practices on Thursday and Saturday as the cross country season develops.  There is a fee to participate on the cross country team.

This is a voluntary program.  Those who wish to participate on the cross country team need to commit to attending two of the three weekly practices. A minimum of 10 practices is required to run in a meet.

For more information, email the Kids Program.


Polk County Middle School cross country started in 2013.  Runners are encouraged to run with their school program, when one is available. The LRC Lightning is a cross country team open to all students in 5th to 8th grade.  The program prepares runners to race middle school cross country 3k distance.  Cross Country practice begins in August per the FSHAA guidelines.

The team participates in the Tuesday night middle school practice and has two additional practices each week, Thursday evening and Saturday morning.  Location for these practices varies.  The team runs 4 to 5 meets from August to October.  These meets are held Friday evenings or Saturday mornings.

Join the Lightning Text Group on Remind for location updates and weather cancellation notices – text @lrcxcteam to 81010

There is a $50 fee to cover the cost of uniforms and meet registrations.

To be eligible, runners must: 

• join the Lakeland Runners Club (student or family member)
• commit to attend 2 of 3 weekly practices
• attend 10 practices in the four weeks before their first meet

Questions? Contact the Kids Program at LRCkidsrun@gmail.com.

Follow Lakeland Runners Club Lightning CC Team on flrunners.com HERE

2019 Meet Schedule

Meet registration will be managed by the team.  The team usually runs 4-5 meets from Aug-Oct.

Race Day: All runners should be at the meet location 45 minutes before the start of the first race.  There is a parking fee for Holloway Park.

Dates & Times subject to change – please check each link for latest information and parking fee & location.

Sat, Aug 24 – Jim Ryun Invitational

Fri, Sep 13 – Holloway Park Jamboree

Fri, Sep 27 – FLRunners.com Invitational

Sat, Oct 12 – LRC Double Down 5k

Sat, Oct 26 – FLYRA State Meet