This race is held by Bonnet Springs Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to enrich our community through nature, culture, recreation, and education in partnership with the Lakeland Runners Club, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote running and fitness for people of all ages and abilities in the community.

Bonnet Springs Park 5k

Join us at Bonnet Springs Park on Saturday, March 25 for a sunrise 5k that showcases the natural beauty of towering oak trees and the rolling terrain of Florida's Best Free Natural Attraction. Bonnet Springs is a beautiful blend of urban amenities in a natural setting. Race with us and then stay to explore all there is to offer in the 168-acre park. 

Walkers are welcome at this event. The Bonnet Springs Park 5k is held on a USATF-certified course (FL23012JK). The race is chip-timed.

Thank you to Valiant Products for their generous support, proceeds from the 5k will benefit the Carol Jenkins Barnett Endowment at Bonnet Springs Park.

This event is limited to 600 participants.

Mar. 3 - Last date to register to guarantee shirt selection
Mar. 11 - Price increase from $40.00 to $50.00
Mar. 22 - Online registration closes at 11:59 PM
Mar. 23 - Race Instructions Emailed
Mar. 24 - if the race is not sold out, walk up registration opens at 4:00 PM, $50.00 cash or credit

• Race Start •

The race starts at 7:00 AM on Bonnet Springs Blvd near the parking for the Florida Children's Museum and the Bonnet Spring's Depot restaurant.

• Registration •

This event is capped at 600 participants, this registration information is valid while slots are available.

Online registration is available through Wednesday, March 22. The online system will close and will reopen for onsite registration (cash or card) during packet picket on Friday, March 24, from 4:00 PM until 7:00PM, and again on Saturday, March 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 AM. 

• Packet Pick Up •

Early packet pick up will be held at the Family Lawn at Bonnet Springs Park, 600 Bonnet Spgs Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33815.

Friday, March 24, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 25, from 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM    

• Course Map •

The first 0.5 miles of the 5k will be on Bonnet Springs Blvd. The course will transition to the circulator path for 1.5 loops of the path. The path will be split with cones and runners will be directed to the outside (right) lane for loop one, and the inside (left) lane for loop 2. The finish will be at the Family Lawn.


• Awards •

Finishers will receive a participant's medal as they finish the race.

Overall male and female will be based on gun time. All other awards will be based on chip time. In addition to overall male and female, the LRC will recognize masters male and female (fastest runners over 40) and grandmasters male and female (fastest runners over 50).

The LRC will recognize male and female 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placements in these age categories: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+

Overall, masters and grandmasters winners will not be eligible for age group awards, and there will be no double dipping in the overall, masters & grandmasters award categories.

Awards will be presented on the Family Lawn at approximately 8:45 AM.

• Safety •

For everyone’s safety – NO dogs, bicycles, roller skates, or in-line skates will be allowed on the course.

The use of headphones is discouraged. Strollers need to stay at the back of the race.

• Refund Policy •

If the Lakeland Runners Club needs to cancel the race, participants will be refunded their race entry fee.

If you can't attend the race, please initiate a registration transfer instead of just giving your bib to someone else. Giving someone a bib registered in your name creates inaccurate race results and can prevent registered and deserving individuals from being properly recognized in their age group, and creates a risk in the case of emergency when EMS is not able to identify the person by their race number. 

You may transfer your registration to another runner (officially give it to someone else) under Manage Your Registration until one week before the race. 

The LRC is not responsible for identifying individuals for the exchange.

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