The middle school program is intended to encourage enthusiasm for running by striving to instill a love of the sport in a fun and encouraging community. The middle school program is open to anyone in 5th through 8th grade regardless of school affiliation or ability level.
Join the text group on Remind for location updates and weather cancellation notices – text @lrcxcteam to 81010
Registration is free but requires an account. Adults will need to set up an account and then add their child(ren) to their account to register them.
Parents are encouraged to participate in the workouts or use the time to complete their own workout at the location. Parents do not have to be LRC members for their children to run.
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 link above). We may meet at 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 Tuesday group runs is 6 pm, practice should last about an hour.
How many weeks is the Middle School program?
We will meet beginning in summer and will meet most 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. There is a fee to participate on the cross country team.
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.