FLRC Family Running Program

We’re pleased to announce the start of the FLRC Family Running Program, designed to provide adults and children with structured, age-appropriate workouts. Unlike many youth running programs, adults and children run at the same time, allowing parents to get in an interval workout while their kids learn more about running and enjoy some exercise.

Participation in the Family Running Program workouts is free, but all participants must be FLRC members (so join today if necessary!). Any adult may participate, whether or not they come with a child, but each child must be accompanied to a workout by a parent or responsible adult—this is not drop-off daycare! All participants—adults for themselves and parents for each of their children—must sign an annual waiver for the Family Running Program online.

All workouts will be set in advance by a volunteer coach, although the coach may not be present at every workout. Workout specifics will vary by season and the desires of the participants, as will schedules and locations. All children’s workouts will be managed by at least one adult, and preferably two or more, depending on the number of children.

The FLRC Family Running Program evolved out of the winter MITHACAL MILERS workout group, which ran from December 2018 through March 2019. The first Family Running Program group had a 7-week session running through mid-May, with adults running 5K/10K workouts designed by Jason Tuori, a USATF-certified coach. Kids ages 7 to 11 were coached by Sandy Gregorich, who is also a USATF-certified coach, has extensive experience coaching children of different ages in a variety of sports, and has up-to-date adult and child first aid and CPR certificates; the group also benefited from kid-wrangling assistance from FLRC board member Bill Watson. Communication about adult workouts will take place on the main FLRC mailing list; details about the kid workouts will be posted to the Youth Running mailing list. This group is on hiatus for the summer as most of the kids are participating in the Ithaca Youth Bureau track program. This group is starting up again on August 27th and will be continuing on Tuesday nights at 6 PM in the bowl of the Cornell Plantations.

Another group has formed to provide workouts to kids 7 and under; contact Nichole Cappadora for details. After a summer of Sunday sessions, this group is taking a break while school starts and plans to start up again in mid-October. Nichole is a USATF-certified coach and mother of two young girls who participated in FLRC’s indoor track meets this past winter and wanted to do more. Since Nichole and her husband Vinny are both certified coaches and run the event and race timing business Happily Running, they decided to give back to the community by organizing a youth running group for kids who are too young to train and compete vigorously. The goal of the sessions is to introduce kids to the sport of running while keeping it fun and interesting. Sessions will include instruction on proper stretching techniques, agility drills, and a focus on running games. Parental participation is always welcome!

Those interested in discussing youth running or organizing ad hoc running events involving children may wish to subscribe to the FLRC Youth Running mailing list.

If you have any questions or are interested in organizing a specific session or ongoing group under the FLRC Family Running Program umbrella, contact FLRC VP of Track Adam Engst.