The Lakeland Runners Club, Inc. is 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Our mission statement: To promote running and fitness for runners of all ages and abilities in the community through fellowship, education and formal & informal running events.

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We offer four training programs led by RRCA certified coaches for our community.

  • The Spring Ahead 5k Training Program is a 10-week program offered in the spring and designed for beginners to gradually build up their running ability so that they can complete a 5k (3.1 mile) race. This group meets on Saturdays at Publix Charities Park.
  • The Lake to Lake 10k Training Program is a 12-week program offered in August and designed for runners who want to go to gradually build their endurance and experience so they can complete at 10k (6.2 mile) race.
  • The KIDS RUN CLUB is for children aged 5 and up. This program meets at the field south of Common Ground Park on Tuesdays at 5:15 PM during the school year.
  • The Middle School Development Program  is for 5th through 8th graders. This program meets at various locations in Lakeland on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM in summer, and then moves to the Lakeland High Track once school starts.  This program builds skills for cross country, or general endurance running.  The program wraps up each year at the end of October after the middle school state CC meet.

Positive & Safe Sport Environment
The Lakeland Runners Club is committed to offering safe programs and activities. Our programs are designed for athletes to enjoy a welcoming and respectful environment where diversity is actively embraced. At any age, our mission is for athletes to use the skills they’ve learned to contribute to the well-being of their communities.

Additional Resources for Parents
Our volunteer coaches are trained to protect young athletes from abuse through the Safe Sport Act training.   Free resources are available for preschool through high school athletes and their parents and are designed to cover the issues of misconduct in sport and helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience.