The Lakeland Runners Club middle school development program is open to anyone in 5th through 8th grade regardless of school affiliation or ability level.
The program is ideal for athletes looking to prepare for cross country, cross-train for another sport, or begin running for the first time. Endurance makes every athlete better.
Our summer focus is not on competition, but to demonstrate how running can be part of a lifelong healthy lifestyle. Our program is all about developing structure, self-confidence, and fitness. Through deliberate play, run-focused games, and adventures we help kids get running without even knowing it.
We believe that fitness and fun can be mixed together. The friends they make in this program will give them friends for life. We believe in creating a warm and welcoming environment. Practices are 60 minutes and often in direct heat and sun so please come prepared. Athletes will need a water bottle and a positive attitude!
In mid-July, registration for the LRC Lightning, our middle school cross country team, will open. The team will run in 3 - 4 middle school meets at Lakeland's Holloway Park against kids from all over Florida from August to October. The meets will be on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings.
Registration for summer development is free but requires an account. Parents/guardians will need to set up an account and then add their child(ren) to their account to register them.
Adults are encouraged to participate in the workouts or use the time to complete their own workouts at the location.
Our program can frequently be interrupted due to summer storms. Join the text group on Remind for location updates and weather cancellation notices – text @lrcxcteam to 81010.
The Florida Youth Running Association held the first middle school state meet in 2010. In 2011, the meet was moved to the newly created cross country courses at Holloway Park, an elite series of running trails from 3k to 10k, that we in Lakeland are so fortunate to have access to year-round.
The LRC offered its first development program in 2015, encouraging enthusiasm for running by instilling a love of the sport in a fun and supportive community. The program runs mid-summer through October, and students without a school program or who want to compete at a higher level have to option to join the LRC Lightning cross country team.
Bracket/Division Details & Fees:
Summer DevelopmentActivity Starts: 6/15/2021 18:00 - Activity Ends: 10/29/2021 19:00Registration opens : 5/2/2021 12:00Activity type: ClinicRequires Date of BirthRequires phone number
LRC Lightning XC TeamActivity Starts: 9/25/2021 17:00 - Activity Ends: 9/25/2021 19:00Registration opens : 7/12/2021 08:00Activity type: OtherRequires Date of BirthRequires phone numberGiveaway(s): Race Singlet