August 10, 2020
The Lakeland Runners Club has decided to transition the Mayfaire 5k to a virtual race format for 2020. We value your race experience and always strive to produce the highest quality running events. While the decision is disappointing, the board feels strongly it was the right one for our community, our volunteers, and the participants.
Our mission as a nonprofit organization is to promote running in our community. One of the wonderful ways the LRC does this is by producing races that celebrate competition and fellowship. Implementing the necessary safety protocols to host the Mayfaire 5k in person would alter it in ways that would take away the fellowship and the competition that is important to us. It wouldn’t be much different than a virtual run the way we would need to restrict it, so changing the format keeps our community, participants, and volunteers safer.
The Mayfaire 5k has been an annual race since 1980 and normally draws between 900 to 1,000 runners and walkers to Downtown Lakeland each year making it the largest race in Polk County.
Runners who choose to participate virtually will receive the event shirt, a finishers medal that embodies the spirit of Lakeland featuring a swan and translucent glass, a gender-specific technical shirt or tank, along with a commemorative bib. Entry into the virtual 5k is open through August 28 and is $20 for nonmembers, $16 for LRC members, and $8 for youth 14 & under. We can still run the Mayfaire 5k in September 2020, we will just be running separately and working to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Race participants registered prior to August 7 may opt to switch to the virtual race and receive a partial refund (the difference of their early entry fee and the virtual entry fee) or opt for a refund of their full fee. Registered participants must submit their choice by Friday, August 14. Emails were sent to all registered participants on Monday, August 10.