come run walk race train with us

The LRC welcomes all ages, all abilities, and all experience levels.
Everyone is welcome at LRC races, training groups, and our free weekly community runs.
Some LRC activities are stroller friendly. See individual events for restrictions.


Run to win, post a personal best, or to enjoy fellowship in five unique events held by the LRC.


Meet local runners for accountability or take your running to a new level with a LRC training program.


Support the LRC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with club membership, by volunteering, or with a contribution.

fellowship and fitness

Since 1974, the Lakeland Runners Club has held unique races that are both a test of fitness through competition and a celebration of the training that inspires runners to gather at a starting line.

The LRC welcomes runners, fitness walkers, and families to participate. 

You can read our 2021 safety plan HERE.

education and empowerment

Joining a Lakeland Runners Club training program or group run can empower you to achieve your running goals through education, consistency, and the encouragement of fellow athletes.

The LRC offers programs for elementary, middle school, and adults.  High School runners are welcome to join in adult programs.


Join the Club

Support our mission at a deeper level with your membership and receive member-only information and discounts on club activities.

Become a Volunteer

The LRC is a 100%-volunteer-led organization. When you volunteer with the LRC you help create high-quality activities for the community.

Make a Donation

Every donation goes back into our local running community to create and improve opportunities for a healthier and active Lakeland.


Community Runs

Lakeland is a great running community and we help each other get better and faster — and have fun doing it. This is a listing of small groups who regularly meet to run together.

Where to Run

Lake Hollingsworth is the most popular place to run, but Lakeland has more to offer with locations like Holloway Park, Three Parks Trail, the Six Lake Loop, along with the routes like the Lake to Lake 10k or the Hollingsworth Hills

Community Calendar

Events are added to the calendar by request. This schedule of events only lists races held in Polk County, check the organizer's website to verify race information prior to registering.


Respect for Participants:
The Lakeland Runners Club respects the fundamental rights, dignity, and worth of all participants. We are aware of cultural, individual, and role differences, including those due to age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status. The LRC will not knowingly participate in or condone unfair discriminatory practices.