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The LRC Kids Run Club is a running club for children to prepare them for a lifetime of running. The program is held during the school year, is gender-neutral, and is designed for children in kindergarten through fourth grade regardless of school affiliation. The emphasis of this program is on participation and developing a healthy lifestyle as opposed to being a competitive running program. The workouts include stretching, repeats, sprints, and distance runs.
Parents are required to stay at the practice location for the entirety of the workout and are encouraged to participate with the kids.
For students in 5th - 8th grade, we offer a Summer Development Program during the summer that transitions into a cross-country racing experience in late summer.
Meeting Location: Common Ground Park - 1000 East Edgewood Dr
When: Tuesdays when Polk County Schools are in session
Check-In: 5:00 PM
Workout Starts: 5:15 PM
Wrap Up: 5:45 PM
Running in a kid’s fun run or youth track event can be a great experience for kids. For children 5 and under focus on “dash” events that range from a few yards to 400 meters. For children 5 and over, kids fun runs that are a ½ to 1 mile long may be considered, but allow for a combination of running and walking. Children ages 12 and over may want to participate in a 5K run. Children ages 15 and older may want to participate in a 10K to half marathon event. Children 18 and older may want to participate in a marathon or further distance. These are general guidelines and the distance a child can physically and emotionally tolerate will depend on the individual, however, longer distances (10K and over) should wait until after puberty.
Founded in 1958, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the oldest and largest national association of runners and running organizations dedicated to growing the sport of running. The RRCA uses the term “running” to encompass the broad spectrum of “running” in the US, including competitive running, jogging, fitness walking, race walking, and wheelchair fitness/racing on roads, trails, and tracks.
Positive & Safe Sport Environment
The Lakeland Runners Club is committed to offering programs for athletes to enjoy a welcoming and respectful environment where diversity is actively embraced.
At any age, our objective is for athletes to use the skills they have 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.
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