Training

Summer Training Teams 2021

Registration Now Open

Please note: Registration for Race Team RVA training does not include race entry. You must register separately for your desired race.

Register here for our 2021 Summer Training: starts May 15 or join our Just Run program anytime

COVID-19 Update: Please be aware that we follow CDC and Local Rules related to COVID-19.  We encourage the use of masks and maintaining 6 feet apart while gathering in groups.

Summer Training Teams for 2021 – Choose one of our following teams:

  • Road Running (Half/Full Marathon or Just Run)
  • Trail Marathon Running Team
  • Boston Marathon Performance Running Team

Please note: Registration for Race Team RVA training does not include race entry. You must register separately for your desired race.

Road Running Teams – 3 Teams: 1) Half Marathon, 2) Full Marathon, or 3) Just Run

Saturday ROAD teams will be training for a half or full marathon, or join this team to just run with the group at any of the following 3 locations:

  • Uturn Sports Performance (2101 Maywill St, Richmond, VA 23230),
  • Short Pump (3329 Pump Rd, Henrico, VA 23233), and
  • Woodlake Aquatic & Fitness Center (AFC) (14710 Village Square Pkwy, Midlothian, VA 23112).

Teams will meet each Saturday from May 15 through November 6 for organized group runs starting at 7am from May 15, but beginning July 3, we move to 6:30am through Labor day.  After labor day, we switch back to a 7:00am start.  Team members may switch between locations during the season.

Once a month, the Road Team will have the option of running trails on Saturdays with our Trail Team.

Sunday Group Run Locations: Group runs will be held at Uturn Sports Performance Academy only.

Note:  As a member of the team, you can run both Saturday and Sunday, and we encourage you to do so.  Many of our runners have found running 2 days during the weekends improved their overall performance.  If you run both days, we encourage you to run one day at your marathon running pace (MRP) and the other for an easy recovery pace.

Optional 9 mile marathon program. We ran this program with success in 2017, 2019, 2020 and will be offering it again this year.  This program is based on World Class Ironman Champion, Marlies Kort, who developed this program to help her train more efficiently and in less time and effort than using the traditional marathon plans.  As a busy mom, she was looking for a better way to train so she worked with several PhD researchers to develop this program.  For the Full marathon, your longest run is only 9 miles.  This program uses your Marathon Heart Rate (MHR) as a means to control your running so that you stay in your MHR zone during your runs.  You will need a watch that has a heart rate monitor so you can stay in your zone.  For this program, you can start training with our team of runners from May – July, then in early August we begin our testing for your Critical Heart Rate (CHR) & your 10k time, together these are used to calculate your MHR.  You must be able to run 4 or 5 miles when the program officially starts on August 15.   The schedule for this plan is:

  • June 5 – August 7 – train with the rest of the team for your 10k trial run in August
  • August 7 – 10k trial run (race) – uses this time for the MHR formula (members who miss can use an old 10K time from the past year or race on their own)
  • Weeks of August 15 & 22 –  CHR testing offered 2 dates – Meet at track to determine CHR to use for MHR formula.  If you cannot make these dates, you will have to do your CHR testing on your own (we will show you how).
  • August 23 – week 1 starts (Monday) of 9 mile training; day 1 of 90
  • Aug 28 – First group run using MHR

Register for one of the programs below and make your decision by early August if the 9 Mile program is a program for you.   This is optional and not recommended for first-time marathoners.  We believe first-time marathoners should train the traditional way to appreciate this program.

Marathon Trail Running Team:

The Marathon Trail team will meet on Saturdays at various trails within close proximity of the Richmond Community.

Marathon Trail Training Program – 25 week Program starts Saturday, May 15, 2021.    This is our inaugural Summer program so be one of the first to join this unique group.

Join Richmond’s only Marathon Trail Training team program!   This program is led by Coach Erin Williams, who is an elite ultra trail runner, along with her team of experienced, certified Coaches.  Team runs will be on Saturdays from various locations in and around the Richmond area.  You must be willing to drive within 5-20 miles of the Richmond area for group runs.  All Saturday practice runs will be done on trails in order to prepare you for running a trail race.  This program will be aligned to the 2021 CATs Trail Fest on Saturday, October 23, 2021 in Charlottesville, VA, running various trails and terrains over the course of the program so that you are prepared to run this race.  This program also includes the option for you to run with the Road team on Sundays from the Uturn Sports Performance location at 2101 Maywill St, Richmond, VA.

Practice Trail Locations:  Various trails in and around the Richmond area.  Locations will vary throughout the 25 week training period, including runs at Pocahontas State Park, James River Trails, Poor Farm Park, Capital Trail, Leakes Mill Park, and Freedom Park.  We will announce a week in advance, the location and provide turn sheet and maps for each run. You will be responsible for knowing the trails and bringing a copy of the directions. Every effort will be made to put out directional signs and markings but this may not always be feasible on the longest runs

All long trail runs will be on Saturday starting at 7:00am but could vary depending on the course run of the week.

Water stations and other nutrition provided at Start/Finish on Trails – you will need to carry your own water or electrolyte supply during the runs while on the trails.  We will design the routes to take advantage of the start/finish location but in many cases, this may not be enough hydration for longer runs.  So you will need to carry hydration while running the trails.

Minimum Requirements: Must be an experienced runner, capable of completing a half marathon in less than 3 hours. Also must be able to run at least 3 miles by May 15. If you have further questions about the requirements, please email Coach Dan @ runcoachdan@gmail.com 

This program will help you prepare to join our popular Winter Ultra program that starts in December 2021.

Athletes must be independent and self-sufficient to run longer distances in the woods/trails alone if needed. You must have the emotional maturity and resilience to be comfortable running trails during the summer.
Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Boston Marathon Performance Team:

This program is for elite runners only and you must be capable of running a marathon in under 3 hours, 30 minutes.  Program will be led by Jimmy Picard (DPT) who is a former collegiate runner and competitive cyclist that has a passion for the mechanics of the human body. He is a graduate from William & Mary and also VCU where he earned his Doctoral degree in Physical therapy. Jimmy and his team of running coaches have run competitively, finishing marathons in impressive times ranging from 2:30 to 3:10. If you are looking to improve your performance and are capable of running a marathon under 3 hours, 30 minutes, this 21 week program is for you! All group runs will be run from the UTurn Sports Performance Academy at 2101 Maywill St., Richmond, on Saturdays.  Some optional group runs may be done on Sundays from the same location (TBD).

Training Team Pricing

  • Marathon Training Team Cost: $70 (May 15 – Nov 13)
  • Half Marathon Training Team Cost: $60 (May 15 start – Nov 13)   
  • Half Marathon Training Team Cost: $50 (August 21 start – Nov 13)
  • Just Run Program Cost: $40 (May 15 – Nov 6)
  • Marathon Trail Team Cost: $100 (May 15 – Nov 6)  Note: Discount for those who ran our with Winter Ultra Trail team – see your coach for discount code.
  • Boston Marathon Performance Team Cost: $100 (May 15 – Oct 11)

Discounts for over 60 years old and for High School or Full Time College Students (email raceteamrva@gmail.com for more info)

What does Race Team RVA offer?

  • Experienced coaches, many of whom are CPR Certified and Race Team RVA Certified Coaches
  • Performance training for those looking to increase race times
  • Organized group runs on Saturday or Sunday with Water/SAG support
  • Coach’s Talks geared to help you during your training
  • Discounts for Fire/EMS/Police (email us for more information at raceteamrva@gmail.com)
  • Periodic mid-week speed or hill workouts (West End / Southside)
  • Training plans to guide your daily activity
  • On-course support for the following races (if held in person)- Charlottesville Area Trail (CAT) Half/Full Marathon (October 23), Richmond Half/Full Marathon (Nov 13). We may hold a special Race Team RVA unofficial full and half marathon on sometime in late October and invite all team members to join us.
  • Team socials (when allowed by COVID guidelines)
  • Technical Race Shirt
  • Private Facebook group to communicate with team members and coaches, and receive frequent updates and training tips
  • Option to participate in the 9 mile marathon program developed by Coach and World Ironman Champion Marlies Kort
  • Option to participate in Core/Strength programs (Additional Fee through our partners)

Refund Policy – If you change your mind about participating in our programs, we are happy to honor your decision as long as the refund request is made before July 3, 2021 (for May 15 starts) and September 10 (for August 28 starts).  To request a refund, please submit your request in writing to Dan Blankenship, raceteamrva@gmail.com. A check will be processed once the refund has been accepted and approved.

For more information on our training programs, email us at:  raceteamrva@gmail.com
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