September 21 – November 16, 2024

They say there’s strength in numbers… and we couldn’t agree more!

Training for the VCU Health Richmond 8k might be exactly what you need to get moving and doing it in a group setting with a crew of supportive coaches and teammates is sure to get you to the finish line. Spend 8 weeks in a program catered to runners and walkers of all abilities and you’ll quickly realize how fun (yes, FUN!) training can be. Take some time for yourself, your health, and your social life and meet us at one of our convenient locations. Lace ‘em up, folks – it’s time to get moving!

Join our Traveling Team! Tired of doing the same routes? Then take advantage of all the uniquely RVA places you can run and walk. This group will meet up at different locations each week such as…the Virginia Capital Trail, The Fan, Brown’s Island and more! Post-training you can explore each area by going to a local coffee shop, or brunch location with some of your new 8k Training Team friends!

8k Training Team Fees

Early Bird Pricing, November 12 – 16: $55

November 17 – August 31: $60

September 1 – October 11: $65

 

Here is what some recent participants say they love most about Sports Backers Training Teams:
Several years ago I walked a race with no training team or preparation. I decided to try again, but the right way this time. The training, clinics and meetings were so valuable! I enjoyed the Saturday experiences very much. Thank you for your encouragement!
– Jan Sloan
I loved everything about it—meeting the new people, getting great tips, and an overall awesome time!
– Virginia Moncure
I never expected the support, fun, and lifelong friendships I gained from the Training Team!
– Lauren Caldas

8k Training Team Registration Includes

  • Training Starts on September 21, 2024 with a detailed written schedule for you to follow. Most sites will begin at 8 a.m., but coaches will email all participants prior to the first day of training to confirm
  • Personal guidance from a team of experienced coaches
  • Organized and supported weekly group Saturday morning runs from several convenient locations around the city
  • A special Sports Backers 8k Training Team shirt
  • FREE entry in the 2024 VCU Health Richmond 8k and all associated race benefits

Registration

Register Now

or print out an entry form and mail it in with payment

PLEASE NOTE: Training Team entry fees are non-refundable and entries are non-transferable, no exceptions. Once we receive your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate

Already signed up for the 8k and want to participate in the training team? No problem! Just click here and follow the prompts to Transfer to Another Race. The system should only charge you the difference between the marathon and the training team, please contact us if it charges you the full amount. If you originally paid by check or you deferred your registration please email [email protected] for assistance transferring.

Income Based Rate

At Sports Backers, our mission is to inspire people to live actively. Engaging underserved populations is one of our core values and one way we act on this value is by offering Income Based Rates for our events. These special rates are offered to those who qualify and would otherwise not be able to participate.

Those who qualify are eligible for the special $15 rate for the Sports Backers 8k Training Team. To learn more and apply please visit the Income Based Rate page.

Questions? Need more information, please email [email protected].

 

Important Rules & Notes

  • All Training Team entry fees must be received by October 1 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Training Team entry fees are non-refundable and entries are non-transferable, no exceptions. Once we receive your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not defer your 2024 Sports Backers 8k Training Team entry nor your free entry in the 2024 VCU Health Richmond 8k to the 2025 event.
  • Strollers and baby joggers are not allowed at group training sessions or in the VCU Health Richmond 8k.
  • You must be at least 8 years of age to participate. If you are under the age of 16, you must have a parent/guardian present for all training runs.

Saturday Group Training Locations

The schedule for the weekly Saturday group run/walk at each facility is below.
Locations and time subject to change.

Training Starts on September 21, 2024. Most sites will begin at 8 a.m., but coaches will email all participants prior to the first day of training to confirm.

  • Church Hill
    • Parker Field (Behind Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School – 1000 Mosby St, Richmond, VA 23223)
    • 7:30 a.m.
  • Fan/Museum District
    • Richmond’s First Baptist Church (Corner of Monument Ave & Arthur Ashe Blvd – 2709 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23220)
    • 8:00 a.m.
  • Midlothian
    • Mid-Lothian Mines Park (13301 N Woolridge Rd, Midlothian, VA 23114)
    • 8:00 a.m.
  • Short Pump
    • Twin Hickory Park (5011 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059)
    • 7:30 a.m.
  • Traveling Team – This group will meet up at different locations each week such as…the Virginia Capital Trail, The Fan, Brown’s Island and more!
    • 7:30 a.m.
    • Week 1: Five Guys parking lot 1071 Virginia Center Pkwy, Glen Allen, VA 23059

Training Schedule

When you arrive for the first Group Run/Walk you will receive a training booklet with the complete eight-week training schedule. Every Saturday you will meet at your local facility listed above. The other days of the week, you will be on your own to follow the training schedule.

Here is a sample of the first week’s training schedule:

Saturday 9/21 Sunday 9/22 Monday 9/23 Tuesday 9/24 Wednesday 9/25 Thursday 9/26 Friday 9/27 Saturday 9/28
Group Walk/Run

1 Mile Walk/Run

Rest Cross Train or Walk 1 Mile Rest 1.5 Miles Easy Rest Group Walk/Run

2 Miles

Clinics

There will be clinics held on everything from injury prevention to nutrition to shoes. Clinic details will be posted in the early summer.