Child of the Sun Music Festival & 5K

5K, 1 Mile

Event Date

Sat, Apr 11, 2015


Lakeland, FL


Activity Today Later

Running-5K - Individual Age group/open

$25 $25 Closed

Running-5K - Under 18

$20 $20 Closed

Running-1 Mile Fun Run - Individual Age group/open

$0 $0 Closed

About This Activity

In 2011, The Lakeland Rotary Club resurrected the Child of the Sun Music Festival and added a 5K to the event.  The athlete response to the race and the venue has been very positive.  We believe the additional athletes have made the atmosphere even more electric.  Family and friends will be able to participate in our 5K and Kids Fun Run and celebrate together post-race at the Music Festival.

Proceeds from Child of the Sun event will support The Rotary Playground in Hernando’s Landing project.  Your entry includes a race shirt, free individual race photos, and free post-race beverages including beer.  After the awards, you can also enjoy live music.

Event details and schedule

Race Schedule:

Thursday and Friday, April 9 – 10, 2015:

  • 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Pre-Race Packet Pickup at FitNiche (located at Lakeside Village, Lakeland, FL 33801)

Saturday, April 11, 2015:

  • 3:00 p.m. - Registration and Packet Pickup begins at Lake Mirror Auditorium
  • 6:30 p.m. - 5K begins at Volunteer statue on Lake Mirror Promenade
  • We estimate that awards will be presented at approximately 7:20 pm
  • FREE Music Festival from 3:00 pm until 10:00 pm
  • Cheer on runners as they finish



Fees through 4/10/2015: 5K runners- $25.00 Ages 5 to 17 – $20.00

Fees on 4/11/2015: $30.00

Race Categories:

  • Age Groups: Race category is determined by age group: Both male and female start at 10-14 and go in 5 year increments to 80+ (10-14, 15-19, 20-24,….70-74, 75-79, 80+).  Athletes’ age groups are determined by their age on December 31st of that year.  You age up, not down.  This is so that you don’t change age groups in the middle of the year.  In addition to age group awards, there will be awards for overall male and female.
  • Masters (40 and over): We will have a 1st place male and female award for the fastest 40 and over.  By entering in Age Group, you automatically qualify for this award.
  • Grand Master (60 and over): We will have a 1st place male and female award for the fastest 60 and over.  By entering in Age Group, you automatically qualify for this award.

Race Day Directions & Parking:

The Lake Mirror Complex is located at 121 South Lake Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801.  Please refer to Course & Location Maps for the locations of parking areas and relevant buildings.

Dropping Out: Please notify a race official and return your timing chip at the finish line if you drop out of the race.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Unsportsmanlike conduct or the verbal abuse of any race official or volunteer during the race or at any time during event weekend will result in your immediate disqualification.

Timing & Results: Official race results will be posted prior to the awards presentation. Please report any discrepancy to a race official prior to the start of the awards presentation. Athletes who do not wear the timing chip during the entire event will not be scored.

Medical Care: Polk County EMT will provide medical care for any injuries. The biggest risk to athletes during the race is the potential of heat-related injuries associated with inadequate hydration prior to and during the event. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout race weekend!

Course Safety: Outside of one exit point on the run course, at the corner of Iowa and Lemon, we plan to close the entire course.  That being said, it is virtually impossible to keep the entire course closed to vehicular traffic. Additionally, wildlife is not uncommon and you should watch for animals which may unexpectedly cross your path. Be aware of your surroundings, obey the instructions of the traffic control officers and volunteers and be considerate of others during the competition. For safety reasons, no strollers are allowed.

Awards Party: The awards party begins soon after you cross the finish line! Be sure to stick around for fruit, snacks, etc. The top three participants in each age category will receive an award.

Results & Awards: Race results will be posted online immediately following the race. If you are a top 3 finisher and cannot attend the awards presentation, we’ll mail your award. Simply send us your request in writing with $10.00 (checks payable to The Lakeland Rotary Club) to:

Lakeland Rotary Club Attn: Race Director P.O. Box 2171 Lakeland, FL  33806



Kids Fun Run

April 11, 2015
5:00 pm Lake Mirror Complex


Registration Details

Early Registration:

Click here to register.

  • Register by March 31, 2015 (DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES TO WIN GREAT PRIZES)
  • Complete and mail the registration form to The Lakeland Rotary Club at the address below
  • Scan and email completed registration form to:
  • Online signup is limited to kids 5-12. For the little ones under 5, please use the registration form above.

Event Registration:

  • April 11, 2015 – 3:00-5:00 pm at the auditorium building in The Lake Mirror Complex

Race Details:

 Events begin at 5:00 pm (Parents/guardians must be present for entire race.)

  • The Long-Leg Lake Loop (Ages: 7-12) – approximately 1k
  • The Lickity-Split Quick Sprint (Ages: 4-6) – approximately .5k
  • The Diaper Dash (Ages: 2/3 and under) – approximately 25 yards


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