Attention: Women! We have what you need … read on …
How many times have you told yourself that you need to do something to be more active but talk yourself out of it because you are just not sure where to start? The NCRC Women’s Beginner Running Program (WBRP) offers everything you need to get where you want to be. We are all ready to clear the cobwebs from the long, cold winter and get a fresh start.
If you have never run a step in your life but always wanted to give it a try, this program is for you! If you remember running a little back in high school but have not had any reason to run since then, this program is for you! If you are a regular runner, volunteering to mentor our beginners is for you!!
You will fit in. You will belong. You will laugh. You will move your body and learn to celebrate your achievement. You will be introduced to a great, social path to a healthier life. You will make new friends.
You CAN do this!
The WBRP is designed to be an 11-week couch-to-5k experience. This is a run/walk interval program that starts slow and gradually increases time and distance until you are ready to enjoy and complete a 5k! Our goal race is the NCRC’s Celebration 5k on September 20, 2014.
The WBRP offers a minimum of 4 organized runs per week. In addition to the runs themselves, we offer numerous speakers to cover topics including the importance of a properly fit running shoe, how to put together a running wardrobe on a budget, stretching, self-defense and tips on making running a regular part of your life.
For many of us, running has a strong social component. Our mentors are volunteers who happily give their time and are willing to share their running experience with you. You will be grouped with other runners with similar experience and abilities. You will learn, and you will grow as an athlete.
Yes! At your age. At your fitness level. At your weight. You will become an athlete.
This year’s program is again led by Terri Dowd with assistance from Robin Haden and Rebecca Sitton, all graduates of the Women’s Beginner Running Program who have gone on to complete multiple 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons. You can reach them by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our introductory meetings will be Tuesday, July 8th 2014 and Thursday, July 10th 2014 at Capital RunWalk (Cameron Village; 430 Woodburn Road, Raleigh)at 6:00 pm. You only need to attend one of the meetings and we will not run during this meeting. This session is meant to serve as an introduction to the program. We will have a speaker who will talk about proper fit for running shoes and proper attire for running. (NOTE: These meetings are for registered participants only. We will not have onsite registration at the meeting.)
How the Women’s Beginner Running Program Began
Did you know that in 1998 women made up only 39% of the finishers in timed road races and in 2006, it had grown to 52%? (From: 2007 State of the Sport) Did you also know that in 1998 there were no beginner running classes in the Raleigh area except for the NCRC Women’s Beginner Running Group?
A local athletic club got things going with a beginners running class and asked NCRC members to lead the group. It was at this time that the NCRC started their involvement with a running program for women only. The athletic club discontinued the program but a few volunteers from NCRC continued to organize and lead this very popular women’s only beginner running program. This was the original “beginners running program” for this area and the only one for some time.
For the first several years of the program, the class met twice a week and had fewer than 15 participants. However, with the help of the Internet, word quickly began to spread about the program and more and more women began to join. In one season alone there were 120 women signed up!
A women’s running boom had begun throughout the country. Soon, it was decided we would have to limit the number of participants in order to keep with the program’s motto that “No Runner Left Behind”. The program increased the weekly runs to four a week (Monday morning, Tuesday/Thursday evening, and Saturday morning) and we branched out to running in other areas around the city in addition to our old favorite Shelley Lake.
The target race for the program has always been the NCRC Women’s Distance Festival 5k Race, which was started by NCRC in 1994. Today many beginner running programs can be found in the Raleigh area offered by the local running stores, the Galloway Group, personal trainers/coaches, but the NCRC program is the only women’s only running program that we are aware of in this area.
The North Carolina Roadrunners Club Beginner Women’s Running Program continues to be very popular. The dynamic of having a women’s only group seem to be liked and appreciated by the women that have participated in the program. We have a loyal group of volunteer/mentors that run with the participants. It doesn’t matter how slow you are, you will always have someone to offer encouragement and support.
(Many thanks to Georgia Hagen for providing us with the history of the program!)