They say there’s strength in numbers… and we couldn’t agree more! Training for the Richmond 8k can be a challenge, but 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 – you’ll quickly realize how fun (yes, FUN!) training can be and how easy it is to make new friends. So take some time for yourself, your health, and your social life and meet us Sept. 17 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!
November 19 – October 4: $60
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
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
At Sports Backers, our mission is to inspire people from all corners of our community 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 all of our training teams. These special rates are offered to those who qualify and would otherwise not be able to participate.
Those who make $25,000 or less annually or receive proven TANF, Food Stamp or Energy Assistance Benefits from Social Services and are not currently claimed as a dependent by anyone making above $25,000 annually are eligible for a special $15 rate for the 8k Training Team. Please provide one of the following documents for verification:
For those that qualify for the income-based entry fee, please come by our office or mail the completed mail-in entry form and your verification document to Sports Backers, 100 Avenue of Champions, Richmond, VA 23230. You can also email your documentation to [email protected] (make sure to black out you social security number).
For more information, please email [email protected].
Sports Backers Training Team: COVID-19 Impacts and Procedures
As we navigate our ever-changing world, our mission to inspire you to live an active lifestyle remains. Now, more than ever, the Sports Backers team wants to keep you moving, but only in a way that keeps our participants, coaches, volunteers, staff, and communities safe and healthy. Our team has been working hard to revise our training plans to meet the current social distancing requirements so that we can get back to celebrating your active lifestyles through Sports Backers Training Teams in the safest way possible.
With individual’s safety and transmission mitigation in mind, we have new training modifications and procedures that will allow us to safely operate Sports Backers Training Team. These policies and procedures are in accordance with CDC guidelines and based on current recommendations for COVID-19 safety protocols and are subject to change at any time. The following does take into account vaccination status. You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your second dose following a 2-dose vaccine or 2 weeks following a single-dose vaccine.
What Sports Backers Training Team Coaches/Staff will be doing:
Sports Backers Training Team Covid-19 Safety & Procedures:
Our policies and procedures will continue to be updated as appropriate, all to ensure that we keep participants, volunteers, staff, and communities safe and healthy. These procedures are subject to change at any time and we appreciate your flexibility.
Click Here to view the Sports Backers Training Team COVID 19 Impacts and Procedures and Sports Backers COVID Exposure Protocols and Policies.
The schedule for the weekly Saturday group run/walk at each facility is below.
Locations and time subject to change.
Training Starts on September 17, 2022. Most sites will begin at 8 a.m., but coaches will email all participants prior to the first day of training to confirm.
When you arrive for the first Group Run/Walk on Saturday, September 17, 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 9/17||Sunday 9/18||Monday 9/19||Tuesday 9/20||Wednesday 9/21||Thursday 9/22||Friday 9/23||Saturday 9/24|
1 Mile Walk/Run
|Rest||Cross Train or Walk||1 Mile||Rest||1.5 Miles Easy||Rest||Group Walk/Run
There will be clinics held on everything from injury prevention to nutrition to shoes. Clinic details will be posted in the early summer.