Various Locations on Trails within Richmond or within 10 to 20 miles of Richmond, Richmond, United States, Virginia

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Activities: Trail race, 50K

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 2022
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 & optional 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 18, 2021.   3rd Year Program                                                    

Join Richmond's only Ultra Training team program!   This 17 week training program starts December 18 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, with the occasional field trip to exciting trails in the mountains for physical challenges and rewarding views..  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 9, 2022 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 19.

Program Costs:  $100.00, for training only for a SingleTrack Maniac 50k to be held in Williamsburg, Va. on April 9, 2022.  $25 discount for those returning from last year's Winter Ultra Trail 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 @ 
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 18 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 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 9, 2022
Bright colored Beanie (great for keeping heads warm and bodies visible on the trails)
Private Facebook page for Ultra Team members with coaching tips and detailed information about each week's runs
Group runs throughout the week for Speed Work and Hill repeats
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 15, 2022.  To request a refund, please submit your request in writing to Dan Blankenship, A check will be processed once the refund has been accepted and approved.

Bracket/Division Details & Fees:

  1. 50k Trail Training Program - 17 weeks

    This 17 week training program is designed for experienced runners only, and some trail experienced desired. Runners must have experience running a full marathon within the last three years with a finish time of 6 hours or less. Those starting an ultra training plan should already know their capacity for endurance running and their fuel system required for these longer runs. Having experience running longer runs will help ensure your success in this program.
    Activity Starts: 12/18/2021 07:15 - Activity Ends: 4/9/2022 07:30
    Registration opens : 10/1/2021 06:00
    Activity type: Trail race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 10/1/2021 06:00
      Registration closes : 1/15/2022 09:00
      Race fee : $100.00
      Processing fee : $6.80

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