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Polk County’s Only Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K, and Kids Fun Run

The Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Fun Run, presented by Title Sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc., is a family event where adults can compete in the Half Marathon or 5K, and children can participate in the Kids Fun Run. We invite the community to join in the exciting 2017 Red Ribbon events on Saturday, November 11th that include a special tribute to our area’s Veterans!

The scenic run course will take place along picturesque Lake Mirror and Lakeland’s beautiful downtown and Lake to Lake area. Early registration on the event website at is encouraged! Start time for the Half Marathon is 6:30 a.m. with check-in at 5:30 a.m. The 5K begins at 7:00 a.m. with check-in at 6:30 a.m.

The Kids Fun Run for K-8 students at 8:00 a.m. includes a commemorative Run t-shirt and free refreshments! Registration for the Fun Run is FREE for those who pre-register before November 1st. After November 1st, participants will pay a $5.00 registration fee. Registration check-in will take place on the morning of November 11th at the Lake Mirror Auditorium at 7:00 a.m. The Kids Fun Run will start and finish at Lake Mirror Promenade, 121 S. Lake Ave., in Lakeland, and follow a route that loops around Lake Mirror.

Awards will be given for first, second, and third place runners in gender categories, as well as to the top 3 elementary schools and top middle school with the largest percentage of participating students, based on school census number. Visit or call (863) 802-0777 for more information!