Sports Backers 8k
Training Team
September 20 - November 15, 2014

They say there’s strength in numbers… and we couldn’t agree more! Training for the Nov. 15 HCA Virginia 8k can be a challenge, but doing it in a group setting with a crew of supportive coaches and teammates is sure to get you to the finish line. As you work your way through our 8-week program – catered to runners and walkers of all abilities – you’ll quickly realize how fun (yes, FUN!) training can be and how easy it is to make new friends. So take some time for yourself, your health, and your social life and meet us Sept. 20 at one of our five convenient locations. Lace ‘em up, folks – it’s time to get moving!

Here is what some past members had to say about the Sports Backers 8k Training Team:

“Several years ago I walked a race with no training team or preparation. I decided to try again, but the right way this time. The training, clinics and meetings were so valuable! I enjoyed the Saturday experiences very much. Thank you for your encouragement!”
–Jan Sloan

“I loved everything about it—meeting the new people, getting great tips, and an overall awesome time!”
–Virginia Moncure

“I never expected the support, fun, and lifelong friendships I gained from the Training Team!"
–Lauren Caldas


Through September 28 $55

Cost Includes:

  • 8-week training program starting Saturday, September 20 with a detailed written schedule.
  • Personal guidance from a team of experienced coaches
  • Organized and supported Saturday group runs at 5 different locations
  • Sports Backers 8k Training Team shirt
  • Teams built around experience and ability, so you’re training with others of similar pace.
  • 2014 HCA Virginia 8k entry and all associated race benefits (including participant shirt)
  • Access to clinics on shoes and running attire and what to expect on race day.


  • Online through Sunday, September 28.
  • Sign up in person at one of the informational meetings listed below
  • Print out a form (available in early summer 2014) and mail it in with a check.

Please note:

  • Fees are non-refundable and entries are non-transferable, no exceptions.
  • Once you have registered for the training team, there will be no refund of entry fees if you are unable to complete the program.
  • Payment must be received by 11:59 p.m. on September 28 to participate in the program.



Informational Meetings

You do not need to attend a meeting in order to join the program. (Schedule subject to change.)

Location Date Time
Check back in summer 2014 for a list of locations and times TBA TBA

GROUP RUNS – What to Expect

  • Location: Multiple*
  • Day: Saturdays
  • Time: 7:30 a.m.

* During registration, you may select where you’d like to train. See LOCATIONS below.

The first day (Saturday, September 20), there will be a brief introductory meeting at 7:30 a.m. followed by your first group run. Afterwards, you will receive a training booklet with the complete 8-week training schedule. You will continue to meet each Saturday for group runs, while the rest of the week you simply follow the guide on your own. Many times, training teamers meet up with each other during the week as time permits, so don’t be afraid to ask around!




1 Mile Walk/Run Rest Cross Train or Walk 1 Mile Rest 1.5 Miles Easy Rest 2 Miles


Head Coach

Veteran Coach Dan Blankenship will lead the Sports Backers 8k Training team. You may recognize him from the 10k Training Team, which he’s coached for the last ten years. Dan is a pro at this distance and will motivate you to walk or run the HCA Virginia 8k with a smile on your face! His extensive background in running includes finishing 18 marathons, 10 half marathons and numerous 10k and 5k races. A certified USA Track and Field coach, he has also served with the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team and Richmond Road Runners Club.

Entry Confirmation click here

Print out an entry form and mail it in with payment
(Available in early summer)


Sat, September 20, 2014


6 locations around Richmond