Every spring, you train hard. You improve your fitness and, hopefully, it pays off on race day. But then comes summer. It's hot. The beach or the pool is calling. You find it hard to get out and get moving. When the fall season rolls around, you're back to square one.
That's why we have the Summer Sweat Challenge, designed to keep you motivated, send you into fall feeling fit and confident, and most of all, be fun!
The Summer Sweat Challenge isn't meant to be a race- or distance-specific training program, but rather an opportunity to connect with other members of the local running community to have a group approach to fitness. All paces and fitness levels are welcome. For every Fleet Feet Sports Raleigh group run you attend, you will receive a point; rewards will be achieved once milestone amounts of workouts have been attended.
The runs that count will include Thursday evening and Saturday morning runs from all three of our stores, plus our store-sponsored community group runs at Raleigh Beer Garden (Nog Run Club), Big Boss Brewery, Bond Brothers Brewing, and Raleigh Brewing Company.
After 20 runs participants will earn a printed Asics tech shirt. After 30 runs, participants will earn a $25 Fleet Feet Sports Raleigh gift card and entry into the community partners raffle. At the conclusion of the program, the male and female with the highest total of points will be crowned the King and Queen of Summer, earning a free pair of Asics shoes and recognition in our stores, the weekly newsletter, and social media platforms.
The group sessions will be Thursday nights at 6pm at all three locations (Wade Ave, Market at Colonnade & Park West Village) and Saturday mornings at 8:00am all three locations (combining with our Breakfast Club Run).
We will provide routes of 3 and 5 miles for the Thursday evening runs and 3, 5, and 7 miles for the Saturday morning runs.
We're very excited to again welcome Asics as our official sponsor. They will be on hand at our kick off night and throughout the program with demo shoes and giveaways. We will also be working with local community partners to offer incentive rewards for group participants.
This is a FREE program!
Register on Fitvil.com
2017 program dates TBD.
Prizes are as follows:
20 points = A special-edition printed Asics tech shirt
30 points = A $25 Fleet Feet Raleigh gift card and entry into a raffle for great prizes from our community partners.
King/Queen of Summer = At the conclusion of the program, the male and female with the highest total of points will be crowned the King and Queen of Summer, earning a free pair of Asics shoes and recognition in our stores, the weekly newsletter, and social media platforms.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: When does the program meet?
A: We meet for group runs on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. But you'll also earn points for attending Fleet Feet-sponsored social runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Q: Tell me more about these points.
A: You can read above for details, but we basically wanted to give you some incentives to keep running despite the heat. For every run you attend, whether it's a Summer Sweat Challenge training run, a nOg Run Club run, a Big Boss bun, or a Raleigh Brewing run, you'll earn points toward these rewards. We're very excited to crown a King and Queen at the end of the summer!
Q: I've participated in Fleet Feet programs before. Will this program have coaches and mentors?
A: A Fleet Feet coach or staff member will be present for all group runs to give directions, provide water, and share course maps, but the runs are not coached or mentored in the same way as our other programs. We will provide routes of 3 and 5 miles for the Thursday evening runs and 3, 5, and 7 miles for the Saturday morning runs.
Q: I'm slow. Am I still invited?
A: Of course! We welcome runners and walkers of all paces. You will not be alone!
Q: I'm new to running. Should I still sign up?
A: This informal program is a great way to meet other runners and check out some of our favorite Raleigh running spots. However, if you are a beginner and are looking for a more structured program and tips on things like nutrition, hydration, running form, and race strategy, we encourage you to check out our No Boundaries Beginner 5K training program in the fall.
Q: How do I register?
A: Please register online through Fitvil by following the link below. If you've never participated in one of our training programs before, you'll need to first create a Fitvil account, and then register for the program.
2017 Registration is not yet open.
Additional questions? Please contact our training program coordinator, Brian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.