KAR Battle Creek Fast Track Spring 2016


Event Date

Tue, Apr 5, 2016


Battle Creek, MI

About This Activity

Kalamazoo Area Runners in Battle Creek (KAR in BC) is pleased to announce we are continuing the Fast Track Training Program for Spring 2016! This program is designed to meet both 5K and 10K training goals, whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or experienced runner. This program targets the Cereal City Classic in Battle Creek, scheduled for June 11th.

Building on the success of our previous Fast Track session, we will be continuing with our simplified run groups. We will be offering 3 general levels of workouts – Beginners, Milers, and Speed Workers – each group serves to build and support community among runners. Fast Track will continue to be led by experienced KAR coaches and will include training schedules, individual guidance, relevant clinics, and structured Tuesday track workouts.

Fast Track Beginners – Geared towards transitioning newer runners from walking to running as well as interval walk/run for those who prefer it. Beginners will be focused on learning the basics and building a running base.

Fast Track Milers – Geared towards intermediate level runners who want to improve their overall running skills. Milers will be focused on building base and increasing endurance while building community. Milers is for runners who wish to work up longer distances than 5k. Improving pace is a secondary motivation for this group.

Fast Track Speed Workers – Geared towards intermediate and performance level runners who want to improve performance and increase pace. Speed work coaches will work with participants to identify individual race goals and refer the Speed Worker to a mid-week schedule that supports those goals.

Sessions are conducted at 5:45pm Tuesday nights at Riverside Park and run 10 weeks from April 5th to June 7th. There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday September 1 before the start of the program.

Orientation for the program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29th at 5:45 at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (1 Michigan Ave East). It is an informational night for participants to meet the coaches, get an overview of the groups and other useful program information.

Track sessions are held at Riverside Park, adjacent to Riverside Elementary (650 Riverside Dr. Battle Creek, MI 49015) on Tuesday nights. All Fast Track participants will meet at the grey pavilion at the south entrance to the park (gravel/dirt parking lot). NOTE: The Battle Creek program will utilize the loops around the Riverside Park soccer fields rather than a traditional track. While we know this will be a bit different than a traditional track workout, we have found that it offers some advantages, including scenery, some shade, inviting atmosphere, and available use of the “track” during the week and after the program ends. Additionally, our Milers group will also take advantage of various routes in the neighborhoods surrounding Riverside Park as part of their workouts. There will be two weeks during the session that we will meet as a group "off campus" at other area running venues.

All Spring Fast Track registrants will be entered into a drawing for a free registration to the Cereal City Classic 5k/10k, our target race for this session.

For more information on this sessions' coaches and program, please visit www.bckarfasttrack.wordpress. com.

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