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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.

You belong. Our community has all ages, all abilities, and all experience levels.

LRC races, training groups, free weekly community runs, and club membership are open to everyone.

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. 

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.

Community Grant Program

Individuals or schools/organizations operating in the Lakeland area or within the boundaries of the Polk County School District may request need-based grants. Requests are reviewed quarterly.


Respect for Participants: The Lakeland Runners Club (LRC) respects the fundamental rights, dignity, and worth of all participants. The LRC is committed to creating and holding programs and activities where everyone belongs and is encouraged to participate. We expect everyone to treat each other with respect, which includes respecting their privacy, being kind, patient and compassionate, and not making assumptions.