I'm finalizing details on 3 very exciting events coming up:
The first one is with the
Volunteer Ministry Center
The VMC is a WONDERFUL homeless ministry in Knoxville, TN that works tirelessly on spreading grace, love, support, training, and long term planning for the homeless population in the Knoxville area.
The VMC race will be held at the World's Fair Park in Knoxville, TN on September 24th.
First off, I've been involved with the VMC for somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 years now and find it to be a great organization with unbelievable leadership! This year I am blessed to get to partner with them to help promote their 5k race and as part of that promotion I will be leading a series of training runs to help people prepare for the race.
Beginning on Tuesday, August 9th, at 7pm (location TBD but probably the World's Fair site) I'll host weekly (final schedule will come out soon) training runs to serve a couple of purposes:
*Give experienced runners a forum where they can ask questions and compare tips
*Give anyone interested in minimalist and/or barefoot running a place to come and learn the ins
and outs first hand
*To give novice runners, and those who have Never run before, a chance to come out and receive
training on form, foot-strike, breathing, etc.
*And to train a group of people to run a 5k!
This training will be beneficial to runners of all skill levels and will have a special focus
on those wishing to run their first (or first in quite a while) 5k!
On the first night I will provide everyone who attends with a copy of my training schedule that will be able to bring those who come out from having never run a mile to completing their first 5k! Best of all, the training runs and training schedules are all completely free -- so come on out and let's have some fun!
The 2nd Event, which I am very excited about, is the
Naked Foot 5k!
The Naked Foot 5k is the nation's first barefoot race series! I'm partnering with them for the race in Nashville, TN on October 15th. I'll have a table set up, info on running, info on Second Wind: the running coach you never had but always needed, and (what I'm most excited about) I'll be bringing a group of people with me who I have worked with and trained to run to enjoy the event. For most of them, it will be their first ever 5k!
Finally, there's the race that needs no introduction:
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
This race will be a 5k also and will be held in Knoxville, TN on October 22.
What offers a neat connection this year with the race with the greatest slogans of all time is that Susan G. Komen is using the first race (the VMC race) as a "training race" for the Race for the Cure. So they are trying to get people to come out to my training classes in August, then run the VMC race September 24th to 'get their feet wet', and then run their SGK race October 22.
Additionally, Susan G. Komen and the Race for the Cure will be putting out 'Training Tips Tuesdays' - every Tuesday they will feature training tips on the facebook page pulled from me and 'Second Wind: the running coach you never had but always needed' to promote healthy running and get everyone ready for these exciting races!