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For 24 years the Lakeland Runners Club (LRC) has put on the Summer Sunrise Watermelon Series to motivate the local running community to stay active during the hot summer months in preparation for fall racing.
The LRC funds scholarships for Polk County high school graduates from the proceeds of this summer series.
Each 5k in June, July, and August typically gathers 1,000 runners to brave the heat and celebrate summer.
Because of health guidelines limiting gathering size, the club had to make the tough decision to reformat our three-race summer series into a challenge.
The Summer Miles for Scholarships Community Challenge is our way of continuing to encourage and support one another through the summer in the absence of racing and will allow the club to award scholarships in 2021.Registration open through August 15
Join us for a virtual 200-mile challenge (or set your own unique goal) from Lake Hollingsworth around Polk County to visit the 25 Polk County high schools where our scholarship runner athletes train and compete.
Results can be entered starting June 1.
As you enter activities, a marker will virtually track your progress around Polk County on the results map. You can check out your virtual surroundings using Google Street View.
The proceeds of the 2011 Watermelon Series created the first LRC scholarship fund and $1,000 was awarded to one Polk County high school senior. With the continued support by runners and walkers at the Summer Sunrise Watermelon Series, the club has since awarded $78,500 in scholarships through a program administered by the Polk Education Foundation.
Join the Summer Miles for Scholarships Challenge by making a donation of your choice. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go to either to the Scholarship Fund or kidsPACK. There is no shirt or medal. You will earn an amazing sense of accomplishment that your contribution will make a difference for Polk County students.
Our goal is $10,000. All additional donations will be given to kidsPack, a local nonprofit that distributes food to children on weekends and during school breaks, so no child goes hungry.Learn More About Our Scholarship Program
Highlights on the Virtual Tour
The Virtual Route
When you log your first activity you can set a unique goal for yourself OR join us for a VIRTUAL 200-mile challenge. This challenge lasts for 91 days, so if you log just over 2 miles each day (a 45-minute walk) you'll virtually move around the map by the end of August.
The challenge starts with a loop around Lake Hollingsworth and then travels around Polk County to visit the 25 Polk County high schools where our scholarship runner athletes train and compete.
You can follow your virtual progress on an interactive map from the results page.