TRAINING CLASS DESCRIPTION
The Fall 2021 Half Marathon Class is a 11-week
program preparing individuals to participate in a
half marathon this fall. The class starts on Thursday,
September 9, 2021 outside 1st Place Sports, Baymeadows Store at 6:15 PM (come prepared for a short run that evening after a brief introduction). Masks and social distancing are recommended for all runners until the start of the run. Please note that this may change during the class and we will do what we can to keep everyone safe.
For a short video about the class, click HERE!
The class can serve as a stepping stone for those planning to complete a marathon in December or January. The target half marathon is the Community First Thanksgiving Half Marathon on November 25, 2021.YOUR RUNNING LEVEL
Most participants will progress towards completing the entire half marathon running, but others may prefer a walk/run combination to complete the race. It is recommended that you be running or walk/running three times per week for two to three weeks preceding the class start date. Please take it slow and easy if you are not currently training.
The program will accommodate all levels of runners, so everyone is encouraged to participate in the training class. Pace groups will be formed to complete training runs at 15 minutes per mile and faster. You will be encouraged and assisted to tailor your training program to fit your specific fitness level, time constraints and running goals.
The class will meet every Tuesday for group runs and Saturdays for long runs throughout the training schedule. Be prepared to train 4-5 times per week for a significant benefit. Tuesdays we will meet at 6:15 PM for a group discussion/guest speaker and depart for a training run at 6:30 PM. The Tuesday meeting location is on the River Walk near the Winston Family YMCA in Riverside, except for the first class on Thursday, September 9th.
We will meet Saturdays at 7 AM starting September 11th and for a long group run in varying locations throughout the Jacksonville area: Downtown, Ortega, Nocatee, San Marco, Riverside, Orange Park and the Beaches area. Being present at any particular training event or day is not a requirement to benefit from the class.
TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED
Group discussions conducted most Tuesdays prior
to Group Runs will cover:
» Running Safety
» Training Plan Development
» Running Shoe Selection
» Strength Training
» Injury Prevention
» Night before and Race Day Preparation
TRAINING CLASS COACH
The class is conducted by Jennifer DeSantis. She is a certified Level 1 RRCA Running Coach and a Certified Personal Trainer who has worked with people of all levels training for various events. She has raced numerous races from 5Ks (3.1) to Marathons (26.2) across the country. In addition to Jennifer, there will be pace group leaders providing additional guidance and encouragement.
There is no fee for credit/debit card payment online.
JTC Member Non Member
Through Sept. 15: $45 $60 (includes one year membership)
Starting Sept. 16: $55 $70 (includes one year membership)
Members of previous classes will be emailed a discount code for the special $40 previous class rate. Class shirts are a $7 option for all entrants. Below is the design of the shirt.
For more information continue checking online at www.jtcrunning.com, or e-mail Jennifer at email@example.com (with a subject line “Half Marathon 2021”). If you need to talk to Jennifer, you may phone her at (703)969-6788. (please call in the evening between 5 and 9 PM. Leave a message if necessary) E-mail or Text is the preferred and primary contact method for the class.
Value of JTC Running Membership
Founded in October 1975, JTC Running is Northeast Florida’s preeminent promoter of healthy lifestyles through running, fitness, and fellowship. It is both a social club with
several varying events per year and a philanthropic organization that seeks to benefit runners of all types.
- A subscription to “The Starting Line” - our bimonthly newsletter about the club, events, and running information.
Discounted entry fees at most JTC Running events (Gate River Run, Summer & Winter Beaches, Guana, Last Gasp)
- Access to the JTC Running hospitality tent at the Gate River Run where members enjoy refreshments, bag check, and exclusive port-a-lets.
- Coached members-only track workouts Wednesday 5:30 am and 5:30 pm at The Bolles School.
- Social events - Several times a year we have non-running casual get togethers.
Local training runs - many of which have running mentors.
- Discounts on merchandise at many sports stores and other stores in Jacksonville area - see website for complete list: www.jtcrunning.com