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The Lakeland Runners Club, Inc.(LRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). The club was founded in 1974.

Our members are ambassadors for a shared love of running and inspiring fitness in our local community. 

Being a member of the Lakeland Runners Club (LRC) is a fun, affordable way to connect with people who run, walk, race, train, and enjoy being involved in an active community. There is a place for everyone. 

The Lakeland Runners Club is 100%-volunteer-led. 100% of club funds are reserved to use for the benefit of the local running community. You can read more about the LRC’s impact in our annual report

Will you join us? 

As a Member You'll Receive:   

  • Monthly newsletter and educational running news (via email)
  • Invitations to member-only activities
  • Lakeland Runners Club gender-specific tech shirt, youth sizes too!
  • 20%* off ALL Lakeland Runners Club Races
    • Bonnet Springs Park 5k - founded 2023
    • Mayfaire 5k - founded 1980
    • Summer Sunrise Watermelon Series (three 5ks) - founded 1996
    • Lake to Lake 10k – founded 1977, the oldest annual race in Polk County
  • Option for early entry for LRC races that are capped, free registration transfers if you can’t run**
  • Kids, Cross Country, 5k, and 10k Training Programs
  • Membership in the Road Runners Club of America

Membership Options:

  • Individual - $30 for 12 months, age 18+
  • Student - $15 for 12 months, ages 5 - 17
  • Household (2 People) - $45 for 12 months for two persons residing at the same address
  • Household (3+ People) - $60 for 12 months for 3 - 8 persons residing at the same address

Renewing? Follow These Instructions:

Do not click JOIN, follow these steps to renew your membership.

1. Login to the Run SignUp Account for the Primary Account holder for the club membership.
2. From your Avatar, click on Profile
3. Scroll down to My Club Memberships
4. Click on the Renew Now button

If you renew from a secondary account, the system will create a new membership.


Get Involved

Joining a Lakeland Runners Club training program or group run can empower you to achieve your running goals through education, consistency, and the encouragement of fellow athletes. The LRC offers programs for elementary, middle school, and adults. High School runners are welcome to join in adult programs.


Since 1974, the Lakeland Runners Club has held unique races that are both a test of fitness through competition and a celebration of the training that inspires runners to gather at a starting line. The LRC welcomes runners, fitness walkers, and families to participate. 


Community Resources

Lakeland is a RRCA Runner Friendly Community. Lakeland currently has over 340 miles of sidewalks and almost 30 miles of trails — with more on the way.


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