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.
The Runnersville Ladies Training Camp launches on Saturday, February 20 and lasts 10 weeks. Our training plan recommends that participants complete three training sessions each week. Each session typically last 45 minutes to one hour, including warm-up, cool-down, and stretching.
Hybrid In-Person and Virtual Options
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Runnersville has modified our 2021 Training Camp. The Arkansas Department of Health has reviewed and approved our plan.
There are two ways to participate.
- Hybrid In-person Option: For the 2021, Runnersville will offer our in-person training camp on Saturday mornings only. (Those who choose this option will complete the other two training sessions as homework during the week.) To ensure social distancing, we are significantly expanding our training grounds to include both the grounds of Russellville High School and M.J. Hickey Park. Furthermore, we are replacing our traditional speaker time in the stands with videos that will be shared electronically. Each Saturday, the walker groups will start their training session at 8 a.m., and runner groups will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Wonder Girls group for girls in first through sixth grades will be available during both time slots. Participants who choose the hybrid in-person option are required to fill out a COVID-19 screening log immediately prior to each session as well as follow ADH guidelines for outdoor sports activities, including the following:
- Face coverings are required for all persons present, except for children under 10 years of age who are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.
- Face coverings must be worn when not actively participating in an outdoor sports activity and there is not ample space to maintain physical distancing of six feet between persons.
- While actively participating in an outdoor sports activity, face coverings must be worn if it is not inhibitory to the activity, and physical distancing of at least 12 feet must be maintained whenever possible.
- If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, or if in the last 10 days you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, do NOT attend any in-person training sessions until you are cleared.
- Virtual Option: Virtual participants choose when and where to complete each training session and whether to do so on their own or with a trusted friend or family member. If questions arise, virtual participants are encouraged to contact Runnersville, and a virtual coach will respond.
Both in-person and virtual participants will receive emails on a regular basis that contain their training plan for that week and point them to informational and motivational videos by Runnersville coaches and special guest speakers. All participants will also be notified about optional pop-up opportunities for “small group” training sessions. These sessions are limited to no more than 10 people, are held outdoors at various locations, are facilitated by a Runnersville coach, and follow Arkansas Department of Health guidelines.
During registration, participants will be asked to select between the “hybrid in-person option” and the “virtual option.” However, you can switch to the other option at any time. For instance, a senior participant may initially choose the virtual option but after receiving two COVID-19 vaccines may decide to switch to the hybrid in-person option.
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 Via Video Conferencing
In lieu of our traditional orientation meeting, Runnersville plans to hold a video conference to familiarize our participants with the 2021 program and guidelines. More information about this online meeting will be emailed to registered participants, who are encouraged to attend. It will also be imperative that participants read their Runnersville emails throughout the training period to say informed.
RussVegas is dedicated to providing socially responsible events in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. As state guidelines and protocols are updated and/or revised, registered participants will be notified by email. Due to the pandemic, not all activities & services surrounding the races will be available for 2021. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and keep you informed as we move forward in our planning of the event.