LRC Middle School Development & LRC Lightning 2024

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2024 Practice Schedule

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

  FAQ

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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Short review

2024 Practice Schedule

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

  FAQ

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.


4 Running races on 11 — 27 October 2024 in Lakeland

Development Program

August 13, 2019

The race starts at 07:00

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Summer Development

July 07, 2020

The race starts at 18:00

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Summer Development

June 15, 2021

The race starts at 18:00

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Summer Development

June 11, 2024

The race starts at 18:00

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Jun 14, 2022

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Jun 13, 2023

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Jun 17, 2024

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