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Training Team FAQs

Q: I won’t be able to attend the group run/walk. Can I still be a part of the team?

Yes! We’re now offering two ways to train–either train with a group, or train on your own! If you’d like to train on your own but still want to receive all of the perks included with the YMCA 10k Training Team, just select “Virtual – Train on my own” when registering for the YMCA 10k Training Team and selecting your training location. We’ll mail you your training booklet and special team shirt, and help you get ready to cross the finish line!

Q: Can I switch training locations?

Yes. Know where you want to switch to and let your coach and/or Suzen (Head Coach) know so she can communicate that to Mara (Training Team Coordinator).

Q: I signed up for the 10k. Can I still do the Training Team?

You can easily join the Training Team by paying the difference between your registration and entry into the Training Team. Email [email protected] for instructions.

Q: Can you send a copy of the training manual to me electronically?

No, but we can share the next few runs scheduled for each group.

Q: Where can I get my training manual?

At your first Saturday or Sunday training run.

Q: I can’t make the first week’s group training. What do I do?

Follow the Week One/Two training schedule on your own and then pick up your full 10-week training manual at your second Saturday or Sunday group training session.

Q: How do I know where we are running on Saturdays or Sundays?

Your coach plans the routes and can provide it to you.

Q: What do I get with the Training Team?

Special Training Team shirt, knowledge and experience from the best coaches, shoe, injury prevention, and nutrition clinics, training manual, ten (10) visits to any Greater Richmond YMCA location, official race entry, safety, accountability, lots of new friends, and FUN!

Q: How will I know where to go the first day?

After you’ve chosen your training location, arrive on the first Saturday, February 2, (or Sunday, February 3) for announcements and the first training run/walk.

Q: What time does my location start running?

Each location will determine its own start time.  Click here for a complete schedule.

Q: What is the Virtual 10k Training Team?

If you want the YMCA 10k training team plan and support but can’t make it to the weekly group runs, you can now sign up for our Virtual 10k Training Team, an extension of the YMCA 10k Training Team! Just select “Virtual – Train on my own” when registering for the YMCA 10k Training Team and selecting your training location.

Q: Can I bring a stroller to train?

We have 2 stroller friendly training locations, Rockwood Park and Deep Run Park.  You may train with a stroller at these locations, however, strollers are NOT permitted on race day.

Q: Can I bring my dog to train?

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at training runs or on race day.  If you have a service dog, they may join you, however, they must have their vest on.