Attention ladies of all ages from Russellville and surrounding communities! Whether you need some motivation to get off the couch and get moving or you’re an experienced walker or runner wanting to improve your pace, the annual Runnersville Ladies Training Camp is for you. Runnersville is known for providing an uplifting environment for girls and ladies of all fitness levels while preparing them for a graduation 5K (3.1 miles) event.

Training Groups
Runnersville has revamped its training plan to better serve the needs of our community. Our 2020 Training Camp will feature six training groups.

  • Wonder Girls: Designed specifically for girls in 1st through 6th grades, this group provides girls a positive experience with walking, run-walking, running and physical fitness in general, as well as boosts confidence. Our coaches keep in mind the girls’ shorter attention spans and engage them with a variety of activities that prepare them for a lifetime of wellness.
  • Fitness and Fun Walkers: This group is geared toward ladies who want to take advantage of the health benefits of walking and the camaraderie of sharing the experience with others. Typically, these ladies choose to walk at a comfortable pace that allows them to engage in conversation.  These ladies may choose to walk at a steady pace or use intervals where they alternate between their regular pace and a faster pace.
  • Competitive Walkers:  This group is designed for those walkers who want to walk faster. If your goal is to get outside your comfort zone as a walker, cover more ground in less time, and/or set a new PR (personal record) and perhaps win an award at a race, this group is for you.  These ladies may choose to walk at a steady pace or use intervals where they alternate between their regular pace and a faster pace.
  • Foundations of Running: This group is designed for ladies who do not currently run but want to train to complete a 5K, running the vast majority of it. These ladies will train using walk-run intervals that progress each week, helping to minimize their risk of injury while they find their “happy pace.”
  • Pacemakers (2-and-1 Runners): This group is geared toward ladies who already regularly run at least two minutes without needing a walk break and who like training and racing using run/walk intervals. While alternating between running for two minutes and walking for one minute throughout the training camp, these ladies will focus on improving their overall pace.
  • Mind Over Miles Runners: This group is designed for ladies who are currently able to run three minutes or more before needing a walk break and who want to complete a 5K running non-stop (or with minimal walk breaks). These ladies will learn about intuitive running, which includes listening to your body, knowing when to push harder and when to pull back, and winning the mental battle with running.

Orientation Program
Runnersville will launch the year with sit-down orientation program on Saturday, February 15 at 10 a.m. at West Side Church of Christ. All participants are encouraged to attend to learn about the revamped Runnersville Training Camp.

Training Camp Dates and Times
Training groups will meet Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings at Russellville High School Cyclone Stadium starting on Saturday, February 22. If there’s a scheduling conflict with a school event, an alternate location will be announced.

For the first four Saturday morning training sessions, we will have a “split schedule” to accommodate the large number of participants and minimize congestion on the track. The walker groups will start their training session at 8 a.m. All six groups will be present for announcements, door prize drawings, and a guest speaker time at 9 a.m. At the conclusion of this assembly at 9:30 a.m., runner groups will head to the track for training. The Wonder Girls group will be available during both time slots.

Starting Saturday, March 21, all six training groups will meet at 9 a.m. for the speaker time and train at 9:30.

The training groups will also meet on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. for 45 minutes of physical activity.

Interested ladies who have a scheduling conflict that would prohibit them from attending one of the weekly training sessions are still encouraged to take part. The program calls for participants to be at both training sessions and have one session of homework to do on their own or with a buddy on a weekly basis. Those who have to miss a training session simply need to plan for an extra homework session each week.