2021 Winter Ultra Training Program for the Singletrack Maniac 50k (Williamsburg) on April 10, 2021

Sat December 19 - Sat April 10 Richmond, VA 23230 US
Various Locations on Trails within Richmond or within 10 to 20 miles of Richmond
Richmond, VA US 23230

If you are interested in Ultra training going forward, join our RACE TEAM RVA RUNNING CLUB group page on FACEBOOK to stay connected.  

Winter Training Team 2020
Please note: Registration for Race Team RVA training does not include race entry. You must register separately for your desired race.   This program includes both Saturday & Sunday Group Runs!   Locations for the Saturday group runs will vary so that you are comfortable running different terrains.   Sunday group runs will be organized and lead out of the U-Turn Sports Performance Academy, 2101 Maywill St, Richmond, VA 23230, location near the Willow Lawn Shopping Center area, behind BC/BS/Anthem building off Staples Mill Road.                                                                                        

Ultra Winter Training Program - 17 week Program starts Saturday, December 19, 2020.   2nd Year Program                                                                                      Join Richmond's only Ultra Training team program!   This 17 week training program starts December 19 and group runs will be on Saturdays from various locations in and around the Richmond area.  You must be willing to drive within 10-20 miles of the Richmond area for group runs.  All Saturday practice runs will be done on trails in order to prepare you for running an Ultra race.  This program will be aligned to the SingleTrack Maniac 50k race on April 10, 2021 in Williamsburg, Va.   We will run various trails and terrains over the course of the program so that you are comfortable with running longer distances on trails and different terrain.  This program includes group tempo runs on Sunday too; tempo runs will be run from a location near or at Willow Lawn Shopping Mall on Sundays starting Sunday, December 20.

  • Program Costs:  $70.00, for training only for a SingleTrack Maniac 50k to be held in Williamsburg, Va. on April 10, 2021.  $10 discount for those returning from last year's program.
  • Practice Trail Locations:  Various trails in and around the Richmond area and will vary throughout the 17 week training period.  Some practice runs will include running at Pocahontas State Park, James River Trails, Poor Farm Park, Capital Trail, Leaks Mill Park, and Freedom Park (site of the SingleTrack Maniac race in Williamsburg)
  • Days:
    • Saturday - Longer trail runs will be on Saturday starting at 7:30am; locations vary and will be announced a week in advance.
    • Sunday - Temp runs from U-Turn Sports Performance Academy, 2101 Maywill St, Richmond, VA 23230, near Willow Lawn Shopping Mall at 7:30am.  These will be “coached” tempo runs and not easy/relaxed runs.
  • SAG and other nutrition provided at Start/Finish on Trails – you will need to carry your own water or electrolyte supply during the runs while on the trails.  We will design the routes to take advantage of the start/finish location but in many cases, this may not be enough hydration for longer runs.  So you will need to carry hydration while running the trails.
  • Trail Routes - efforts will be provided to give you guidance / directions on the trails but you will be responsible for knowing the trails and the directions as it is not possible to put directional signs throughout the trails each week.  Runners are encouraged to run in packs and keep an eye out for one another; some packs will be faster than others.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Must be experienced runners, having completed a full marathon in less than 6 hours, or completed an ultra within the time limit.  You will be required to provide evidence of running a marathon under 6 hours.  Exceptions can be made on an individual basis. If you think you are truly ready to train for an ultra, but don't meet the above requirements, please email Coach Dan @ runcoachdan@gmail.com 
  • You will need to know your capacity for endurance running and your fuel system required for these longer runs.  Having experience running longer runs will help ensure your success in this program.
  • You must be capable of running at least 13 miles by December 19 start date.  
  • Athletes must be independent and self-sufficient to run longer distances in the woods/trails alone if needed.    You must have the emotional maturity and resilience to be comfortable taking on an endurance challenge like an Ultra program to succeed during practices.
  • Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

The coached tempo runs are structured workouts led by an experienced coaches.  Workouts focus on technique development alongside a structured progression of intensity so that you are well prepared to take on a 50k Ultra Trail race

What do you get with this program?

  • Experienced coaches with knowledge of trail and ultra races, many are Certified Race Team RVA Coaches 
  • Organized group runs on Saturday and Sunday
  • Support at the SingleTrack Ultra 50k race on April 10, 2021
  • Technical Team Shirt
  • Team SWAG
  • Must be at least 18 years old to participate. 

Refund Policy – If you change your mind about participating in our programs, we are happy to honor your decision as long as the refund request is made before January 9, 2021.  To request a refund, please submit your request in writing to Dan Blankenship, runcoachdan@gmail.com. A check will be processed once the refund has been accepted and approved.

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