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 through March. Currently, another group is in the middle of a 7-week session running through mid-May. Adults are running 5K/10K workouts designed by Jason Tuori, a USATF-certified coach. Kids ages 7 to 11 are being 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 benefits 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.
Another group is in the process of forming to provide workouts to kids 7 and under; contact Nichole Cappadora for details.
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.