Weekly group runs are good for runners of any pace and experience. These are hosted by different groups, and most have Facebook pages. You can follow and watch for updates via Facebook.
You don’t have to be a member of the Runners Club to run with these groups, but we encourage you to join. Lakeland is a great running community and we help each other get better and faster — and have fun doing it.
Lakeland Runners Club Group Runs
Mondays at 6:00 PM
Lakeland High School Track
Join us every Monday night at the Lakeland High School track for a group speed workout starting at 6:00 m. The workouts will vary from week to week but the fun and hard work are a constant. Runners of all levels and abilities are welcome and we hope to see you there. Contact Milton Lyons with questions. Also, check LRC Facebook for specific weekly workouts and weather/location changes.
Led by: LRC Volunteer Coach Milton Lyons
Visit our Kids Program for more info.
Led by: LRC Volunteer Coaches Shannon Abitbol, Kaelani Leone, Jolene Ahlschwede
Visit our Middle School Program for more information.
Led by: LRC Volunteer Coaches Michelle Hoffert and James Hurst
Interval and Tempo workouts
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church
175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, FL 33801
The Pack meets at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Tuesdays are tempo runs with a 1 mile warm-up, 3 to 4 miles at tempo pace and 1 mile cool-down. Thursday’s workouts are intervals of various distances. There are about 20 interval workouts the group rotates through. Fall/Winter workouts are geared toward marathon and half marathon distances. Spring/Summer intervals are planned with 5K’s in mind. Workouts are usually about 6 miles total and last about 1 hour. See LRC Facebook for each week’s specific workouts.
Led by: LRC Volunteer Coach Brian Heipp
Thursdays at 6:00 PM
Florida Southern College
1066 Johnson Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803
Join us on Thursday nights at 6pm on Johnson Ave. next to Florida Southern for our hill repeat workout. There are a total of 10 hills if you do them all (7.3 miles) but you can do as many as you like and return to Johnson Avenue at any point. Water and Gatorade will be available and be sure to wear bright visible clothing as we will be running the hill repeats on the roads. For more information on these workouts, contact Dave Quarles.
Community Group Runs
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
115 W. Pine St, Lakeland 33815
FITniche’s Tuesday Night Pub Run takes place every Tuesday at 6 pm. The 5K course allows for running or walking at your own pace. After the exercise, join in for food, drinks, and fellowship. If it’s your first time, come a few minutes early ensuring your ability to sign the waiver before the run starts. Participants receive a free dry-fit shirt after completing 10 runs. See Pub Run Facebook for more info and other updates.
Saturdays at 6:00 AM
235 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801
Routes of 6, 9, and 13+ miles. Runners get free water and coffee, and all Saturday morning runners receive 20% off the cost of their breakfast too. This is a great way to get in your weekly long run.
Saturdays at 7:00 AM & 8:00 AM
Black & Brew Coffee & Bistro
205 E Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801
This weekly social run starts later and offers a 3 mile/5k or 6-mile option. Coffee, food, and fellowship follow. Join Downtown Lakeland Saturday Fun Run on Facebook for information and updates.