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They say there’s strength in numbers… and we couldn’t agree more! Training for the Allianz Partners 8k can be a challenge, but doing it in a group setting with a crew of supportive coaches and teammates is sure to get you to the finish line. Spend 8 weeks in a program catered to runners and walkers of all abilities – you’ll quickly realize how fun (yes, FUN!) training can be and how easy it is to make new friends. So take some time for yourself, your health, and your social life and meet us Sept. 18 at one of our convenient locations. Lace ‘em up, folks – it’s time to get moving!
Detailed schedule for you to follow
Personal guidance from a team of experienced coaches
Organized and supported weekly group Saturday morning runs from several convenient locations around the city
A special Sports Backers 8k Training Team shirt
FREE entry in the 2021 Allianz Partners 8k and all associated race benefits
In order to receive the discount you need to use the link below & your registration information must match your 2020 Richmond Marathon, Richmond Half Marathon, Allianz Partners 8k, Marathon Training Team, Half Marathon Training Team registration.2020 Loyalty - 8kTT Reg Link
Most sites will begin at 8:00 AM, but coaches will email all participants prior to the first day of training to confirm.
Short Pump/West End
Join our Traveling Team! Tired of doing the same routes? Then take advantage of all the uniquely RVA places you can run and walk. This group will meet up at different locations each week such as…the Virginia Capital Trail, The Fan, Brown’s Island and more! Post-training you can explore each area by going to a local coffee shop, or brunch location with some of your new 8k Training Team friends!
Sports Backers created Kids Run RVA to make running & active living fun & easy. Kids Run RVA promotes physical activity to youth across the Richmond region & encourages more kids to get moving more often. Between our programs & events, Kids Run RVA instills healthy habits that continue to flourish into adolescence & adulthood.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced schools to close their doors, but moving is not cancelled. Kids Run RVA has a library of free online video workouts designed especially for kids!Donate to Kids Run RVA Kids Run RVA
Let’s Go, RVA! Sports Backers mission is to inspire active living in all corners of our community. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to producing quality sporting events & programs that motivate residents & visitors to be more active, supporting youth running & fitness programs, & advocating for safe bike & pedestrian infrastructure.
Due to COVID-19, we had to stop all in-person events & cancel all in-person programming in the Spring. But, our staff is hard at work bringing virtual & social distancing options to our region including virtual & outside fitness classes, virtual kids physical activity videos & classes, workout challenges, virtual events, &, most recently, socially distanced in-person events.
Training Team entry fees are non-refundable and entries are non-transferable, no exceptions. Once we receive your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate or are unable to complete the program.
You may defer your 2021 Sports Backers 8k Training Team entry to the 2022 8k Training Team through September 18 for $20. After that date, there will be no more deferrals. Please note that your free entry in the 2021 Allianz Partners 8k, by itself, may not be deferred to the 2022 event.