Proudly Serving Lakeland and the Polk County Running Community Since 1974.
The Lakeland Runners Club was founded in 1974 as a custody account of the Lakeland Family YMCA. In 1991, the club joined the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status is through the RRCA. In 1996, the club incorporated as the Lakeland Runners Club, Inc.
Our mission is to promote running and fitness for people of all ages and abilities in the greater Lakeland area through fellowship, education and running events. We offer tests of competition and personal fitness with our annual races. Over 200 member-volunteers assist to produce six 5ks in Lakeland and the oldest continual 10k in Polk County, along with a one-mile and two-mile road race and a 5-mile trail run.
We are a running community of 400 households that welcomes all ages, abilities, and distances to join us. The club hosts free weekly community group runs, training programs for youth and beginners, and a monthly member meeting.
Come run, jog, run/walk, or walk with us – moving forward is what counts. Our weekly runs, training groups and most events are stroller friendly, see individual events for any restrictions.
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.