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A wish fulfilled: distance race training classes in Scottsing

June 24, 2012

When I lived in Iowa, I became an unlikely long-distance runner and completed a 20K, thanks to a group training class. You can read about that here.

The graduates of that training class were invited into a community running group called Team Vardo. I met a lot of really great people in that running group.

Bugman and I, at our last Team Vardo get-together, the day before we left Iowa. *sniff* Miss ya, Vardo Nation!

When Bugman and I moved to Wyobraska, we attempted to get another such group started — the Western Wind Running Club. In the first months of the group’s existence, we met some really great people. Alas, the group runs petered out after awhile. (Though the group’s Facebook page is still a good place to look up area races.)

One of the first WWRC runs, in February 2010.

I met some more people through the Couch to 5K WWRC spinoff I kick-started.

The first Couch to 5K run of the Western Wind Running Club spinoff.

After the 5K goal was reached, the group runs petered out a bit, but another crop of runners got going for the 2011 Fall Frolic.

The second Couch to 5K group of the Western Wind Running Club spinoff.

There haven’t been many group training runs in the area since then, which is why I am SO EXCITED that Aaron Carrizales — who is one of the top runners in the region and a member of Team Nebraska (and also an elementary school teacher) — will be leading some group running classes through the Western Nebraska Community College Harms Advanced Technology Center Community Education program and the Scottsbluff Family YMCA.

More people training to run the Fall Frolic (Sept. 22) and the Monument Marathon and Half (Oct. 13) means an increased likelihood of an expanded running culture in the area and the critical mass needed to sustain year-round running groups, which are great opportunities to socialize in a healthy way. Yay!!!

Here are the basic details on the classes, which you can find out more about by clicking on the links:

5-and-10K training program – YMCA

  • Duration: July 9 to Sept. 10
  • Meeting time: Mondays 5:30 a.m.
  • Fee: $15 members / $30 nonmembers
  • Target audience: beginners to veteran runners looking to improve their times
  • What you get: Expert advice and accountability, a training program designed to meet individual needs.
  • To register: call 308-635-2318

Marathon and half training program – YMCA

  • Duration: July 12 to Sept. 13
  • Meeting time: Thursdays 5:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $30 members / $60 nonmembers
  • Target audience: beginners to veteran runners looking to improve their times (base of 20 miles per week recommended for the full marathon training program)
  • What you get: Expert advice and accountability, a training program designed to meet individual needs.
  • To register: call 308-635-2318

Marathon and half informational class – HATC

  • Duration: one evening
  • Meeting time: Monday, July 2, 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Fee: $10
  • Target audience: beginners to intermediate runners who want to learn about what longer-distance racing takes or improve their performance in a longer race
  • What you get: training tips including improving your training schedule, injury prevention, race-day preparation, course strategy and marathon fueling
  • To register: call 308-635-6700

Marathon and half training program – HATC

  • Duration: July 9 to Oct. 6 (Hmm. The 9th is a Monday. I wonder if they meant the 7th?)
  • Meeting time: Saturdays 7 a.m.
  • Fee: $50
  • Target audience: beginners to veteran runners looking to improve their times (base of 20 miles per week recommended for the full marathon training program)
  • What you get: Expert advice and accountability, a training program designed to meet individual needs, a technical t-shirt
  • To register: call 308-635-6700

Hm . . . even though I won’t be able to run the Monument Marathon half because I’ll be too busy volunteering, I might just sign up for the HATC training class. It would be a good excuse to start running with a group again, and I could be one of the cool kids with a group training shirt.

Copyright 2012 by Katie Bradshaw

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 3, 2012 6:48 pm

    Ooooo…I hadn’t heard about the training groups for fall races! Just what I need to help motivate me for long runs in marathon prep.

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