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2024 | New Energy Youth Running Team by Tidewater Striders

Thu January 11 - Thu November 28, 2024 Hampton Roads, VA 23464 US


Team Training

$0 12:00AM EST - 12:00AM EST Registration ends October 30, 2024 at 9:00am EDT
Open to ages 6 - 20.


         2024 Spring Training BEGINS the week of March 10th!


PLAN TO JOIN the Tidewater Striders' New Energy Youth Running Team
New Energy is an informal youth group training together to improve their times in road races as well as their performance in track and field and cross-country events sanctioned by the USA Track and Field (USATF) and AAU. Motivations vary from those who simply enjoy running, to those who are goal-oriented and recognize the need to train in order to perform well in races. With its group approach to running practices, New Energy provides a fun, sociable forum for running preparation and development.

New Energy welcomes all youth runners, ages 6-19, regardless of ability. Practices are informal, and participants are encouraged to attend as many as possible. Runners must have a good pair of running shoes to avoid injuries. Uniforms, Warm-ups, and other gear can be purchased, but are optional. Membership in the Tidewater Striders is required by the third practice to participate in sessions and compete on a team basis in Track and Relay teams. The cost is $12.00 per year or $18.00 for two years.

Coaching is provided by volunteers who are Tidewater Striders members. Again this year, Amber Garwood will provide program leadership, while Kari and Will Tallent will provide weekly training specs. Other running enthusiasts/parents will also participate. New Energy provides youth runners and their families an enriching environment that can be a building block to the youth runner's future.

In the past, New Energy runners attended National Cross Country and Track and Field Championships around the Country. Many previous New Energy runners are currently participating with high school and college teams where they have excelled in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, and Field with All-State and National recognition. New Energy has produced numerous All-American medalists, State Champs, and one National Champion in Cross Country.


Virginia Beach Training Site:  Starts March 12th, 2024 – Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Meet at Mt. Trashmore next to the skate park. Lead site Coach: Thomas Hicks –

Chesapeake Training Site: Starts March 12th, 2024 – Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30 –6:30 pm. Meet at Chesapeake City Park at the cabana opposite the skate park. Lead Site Coach: Frank Scaringello –

Norfolk Training Site: Starts March 14th, 2024 – Thursdays  5:30 – 6:30 pm.  Meet at Lakewood Park in the first parking lot on the left after passing the Park Office. Lead Site Coach: Dave McDonald –

Suffolk Training Site:  Starts March 11th, 2024 – Mondays & Thursdays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Meet at Sleepy Hole Park, near the Playground/Picnic Area.  Lead Site Coach: Kari Tallent –

Peninsula Training Site: Starts March 12th, 2024 – Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:45-6:45 pm.  Meet at Riverview Farm Park in Newport News.  
Lead Site Coach: Jennifer Dunalp –

P.O.W.E.R Training Site (Mt. Trashmore, VB): Starts March 12th, 2024 – Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Meets at Mt. Trashmore near Kids Cove opposite the skate park. P.O.W.E.R. (Program Of Wonderfully Exceptional Runners) is an outreach running program designed especially for children with exceptional needs. Lead Site Coach: Amber Garwood -

Team Contact Info

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Strider Club Discount

                                                     TRAINING IS FREE TO CLUB MEMBERS

If you have not claimed your Tidewater Striders club membership please do so before registering your child for the New Energy Team. Once you have claimed your membership, a discount will be applied to your registration. You can claim your membership by searching for your name on our Club Member List and clicking the "is this you?" link next to it. Click here:  Strider Club Member List


Mt Trashmore/Chesapeake City Park/Sleepy Hole Park/Lakewood Park/Riverview Farm Park
Hampton Roads, VA US 23464

Training Details

Please be sure to enter your mobile number for "Notifications" when signing up for Team Membership in order to receive important text messages about training during each season.

Click on the "Event Info" tab above left for venue details.

We train in the Spring (March - June) and again in the Fall ( September - November). We train mainly for the 5K and One Mile.

We also participate in AAU and USATF track and cross country events.

We have a local Youth Grand Prix Series (YGP), which consists of road races sponsored by our club as well as various other organizations.


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