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Summer Conditioning starts June 13 | Lakeland, FL


Running Camp - no XC meets

Summer Development

$0 Tues & Thurs - 6 PM, Sat - 8 AM
Open to ages 9 - 15.


2024 Practice Schedule

 6:00 PM6:00 PM7:00 AM
Week 1 June 13On Your Own (OYO)
Week 2OYOJune 20OYO
Week 3OYOJune 27OYO
Week 4July 2OYOOYO
Week 5July 9July 11 OYO - SSWS 5k
Week 6July 16July 18 OYO
Week 7July 23July 25 OYO
Week 8July 30August 01August 03
Week 9August 06August 08 OYO - SSWS 5k
Week 10August 15August 15August 17
Week 11August 13August 22XC Meet (Sat)
Week 12August 20August 29August 31
Week 13August 27September 05September 07
Week 14September 03September 12XC Meet (Sat)
Week 15September 10September 19September 21
Week 16September 17September 26September 28
Week 17September 24October 03XC Meet (Fri)
Week 18October 01October 10October 12
Week 19October 08October 17October 19
Week 20October 15October 14State Championships (Sat)


About the LRC Summer Development Program

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 on demonstrating 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 long and often conducted 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. Check the confirmation email for instructions to join our text group on Remind to be notified in case of cancellation.


About FLYRA (Florida Youth Running Association)

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


About the LRC Lightning Cross Country Team

Participation with the LRC Lightning XC Team requires separate registration.

Runners are encouraged to also run with their school program when one is available. The LRC Lightning is a cross country team open to all students in 5th to 8th grade. The program prepares runners to race middle school cross country 3k distance. Cross Country practice begins in August per the FSHAA guidelines.

The team participates in the Tuesday night middle school practice and has two additional practices each week, Thursday evening and Saturday morning. The location for these practices varies. The team runs 3 to 4 meets from August to October. These meets are held on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings.

Join the Lightning Text Group on Remind for location updates and weather cancellation notices – text @lrcxcteam to 81010

To be eligible, runners must: 

• be members of the Lakeland Runners Club - can join as a student member as part of the registration
• commit to attending 2 of 3 weekly practices
• attend 10 practices in the four weeks before their first meet



What should I wear/bring? 
Come dressed in shorts, t-shirt, and running shoes – it’s hot, so no long sleeves or long pants. Bring a filled water bottle.

Where will the group meet? 
The LRC middle school program will run from a variety of locations, the location for each week will be sent via text (see info about Remind group). We may meet at Bonnet Springs Park, Dobbins Park, Holloway Park, Lake Mirror, Fletcher Park at Lake Bonny, Lake Hollingsworth, Three Parks Trail, Lakeland High School Track, or another location near Lakeland.

Is previous running experience necessary? 
No. Anyone at any level is invited to join us. The goal is for each individual to improve their fitness and ability. We will ask the kids to do things outside their comfort zone. 

What time does practice start? The start time for weekday group runs is 6 pm. Saturday practice is at 7 AM. Practice should last about an hour. 

How many weeks is the Middle School program? 
We will meet beginning in June and will meet almost every Tuesday through October. Those who choose to participate on the LRC Lightning cross country team will have additional practices on Thursday and Saturday as the cross country season develops. 

Is attendance mandatory? This is a voluntary program. Those who wish to participate on the cross-country team need to commit to attending two of the three weekly practices. A minimum of 10 practices is required to run in a meet.

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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. 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. 

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.


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