The future of our running communities is laced up and on the way as we prepare to move into 2022.
Crazy Running, with programs in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, offers year-round running, track and field and conditioning programs for children as young as 3.
Robyn McElwee founded the franchise, and she added Donnie Cowart, an All-America in the steeplechase at VMI and now the Triad's fastest marathon runner, as a partner.
Programs are typically eight-week sessions, Cowart says, "designed to develop coordination and athleticism while keeping activities fun."
Crazy Running in Winston-Salem will have elite training beginning Jan. 2, winter conditioning starting Jan. 4 and spring training beginning in late February or early March. Crazy Running also offers personal training for middle and high school athletes and adults.
In Greensboro, franchise owner Katrin Deil leads Crazy Running for ages 3-14 and also is preparing for winter training beginning Jan. 9 and spring training starting March 20.
"We will continue to offer our homeschool groups on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Oak Ridge Town Park," she says. "I am also hiring coaches for next year. Anybody who loves being active and enjoys working with kids is welcome to apply."
Meanwhile, the afterschool program GO FAR will again be preparing students to run in a 5K while also teaching them about healthy eating, character and goal-setting. Physician assistant Robin Lindsay founded the program in 2003 with 16 children in High Point, and the program has grown to reach more than 8,000 students annually.
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GO FAR's spring race is scheduled for May 7, and the organization expects to have its fall race Nov. 12. Pre-COVID, GO FAR would host about 70 clubs at its races.
GO FAR also will welcome contributions to its Lace Up Shoe Fund, which is a pairing with Fleet Feet Sports in which donors and community partners help provide shoes for students who need them.