Pricing and Information



Through September 29 $55

Cost Includes:

  • 8-week training program starting Saturday, September 21 with a detailed written schedule.
  • Personal guidance from a team of experienced coaches
  • Organized and supported Saturday group runs at 8 different locations (plus a traveling team!)
  • Sports Backers 8k Training Team shirt
  • Teams built around experience and ability, so you’re training with others of similar pace.
  • 2019 Richmnond 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.


  • Registration opens in Spring 2019
  • Online through Sunday, September 29.
  • Print out an entry form and mail it in with a check.

Complete or Compete?

No matter your goal, the Sports Backers 8k Training Team is designed for you!


Are you ready to have a good time completing the 2019 Richmond 8K with your friends, family, and team mates? Whether you are new to running and/or walking, or coming back after an injury, this group is designed for folks like you who want to complete the big race – and plan to wear a big smile with your medal – no matter how fast or slow you go!


You feel the need for speed – and are willing to push yourself a little harder this year – to run or walk a little fast this year! How do you race faster? You have to train faster! While we can’t promise to transform your performance in 8 weeks, we can help you incorporate speed-building intervals safely!

Special Rates

Those who make $25,000 or less annually or receive proven TANF, Food Stamp or Energy Assistance Benefits from Social Services are eligible for a special $10 rate for the 8k Training Team. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this income-based entry free, visit the Sports Backers office located at 100 Avenue of Champions, Richmond, VA 23230 to apply. Please bring with you this completed entry form (available in early summer) along with one of the following:

  • Verification/Eligibility letter from Social Services
  • 2 most recent paystubs
  • Tax Return

For more information, please call 285-9495 x250.


There will be clinics held on topics from injury prevention to nutrition to shoes. Check back as this list gets updated.

Please note:

  • Strollers/Baby joggers are not permitted at group runs or in the Richmond 8k.
  • 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 29 to participate in the program.
  • You must be at least 8 years of age to participate. If you are under the age of 16, you must have a parent/guardian present for all training runs.