September 19 – November 14, 2020

No matter your goal, the 8k Training Team is designed for you!

They say there’s strength in numbers… and we couldn’t agree more! Training for the Allianz Partners 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. 19 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!

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 19, 2020 with a detailed written schedule for you to followMost 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 2020 Allianz Partners 8k and all associated race benefits

8k Training Team Fees

$55 through September 27


There are two ways to register:

  1. Register online through September 27
  2. 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

Income Based Rate

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 $10 rate for the 8k Training Team.  Please provide one of the following documents for verification:

  • Verification/Eligibility letter from Social Services
  • Most Recent Tax Return

For those that qualify for the income-based entry fee, please come by our office or mail the completed entry form and your verification document to Sports Backers, 100 Avenue of Champions, Richmond, VA 23230

For more information, please call (804) 285-9495 x250.

Complete or Compete?

No matter your goal, the Sports Backers 8k Training Team is designed for you!


Are you ready to have a good time completing the 2020 Allianz Partners 8k with your friends, family, and team mates? Whether you are new to running and/or walking, or coming back after an injury, this group is designed for folks like you who want to complete the big race – and plan to wear a big smile with your medal – no matter how fast or slow you go!


You feel the need for speed – and are willing to push yourself a little harder this year – to run or walk a little fast this year! How do you race faster? You have to train faster! While we can’t promise to transform your performance in 8 weeks, we can help you incorporate speed-building intervals safely!

Entry Confirmation

Already registered? You can confirm your entry here.

Additional Info

Important Rules & Notes

  • All Training Team entry fees must be received by September 27 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Training Team entry fees are non-refundable, no exceptions. Once we receive your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate.
  • You may defer your 2020 Sports Backers 8k Training Team entry to 2021 through the start of training on September 19. After that date, there will be no more deferrals. Please note that your free entry in the 2020 Allianz Partners 8k, by itself, may not be deferred to the 2021 event.
  • Strollers and baby joggers are not allowed at group training sessions or in the Allianz Partners 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 19, 2020. Most sites will begin at 8 a.m., but coaches will email all participants prior to the first day of training to confirm.

Training Schedule

When you arrive for the first Group Run/Walk on Saturday, September 21, 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 9/21/2019 Sunday 9/22/2019 Monday 9/22/2019 Tuesday 9/23/2019 Wednesday 9/24/2019 Thursday 9/25/2019 Friday 9/26/2019 Saturday 9/27/2019
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


There will be clinics held on everything from injury prevention to nutrition to shoes. A schedule of these events will be given to registered 8k Training Team members.