Since I started running in 2006, one of the biggest frustrations I’ve had over the years was witnessing how some runners who had a few years of experience of running under their belt and perhaps a medal here and there transformed themselves into “running coaches” practically overnight. I saw how some sports companies created running clinics and pinpointed runners as team leads and gave them the title of “coach” which was enough to fool a newbie runner into thinking that they were receiving sound advice from experts. I felt that the word “Coach” should never be used too freely so I made it a point to inform people that I love running and I do run a lot, but nope I am certainly not a “Coach.”
For years now, worried and disheartened, I raised this concern with friends in the running community, but I never knew what to do about it. I didn’t want to point fingers at anyone nor rant. After all, often times, most of these runners who turn themselves into coaches have good intentions because they love the sport; it’s just that they don’t have the means to receive proper training or certification to officially become coaches. I felt that we needed a body to ensure that running coaches were imparting the right training and knowledge to individuals who wanted to learn more about our sport.
Fortunately, my partners for TBR Dream Marathon, co-founder Coach Jim Lafferty, and our new head coach, Coach Francis Diano, shared the same concerns and Francis had the solution for it. After a couple of months planning and meeting, we are now ready to launch: TBR Certified Running Coach Program.
Initially, the new coaches under TBR will guide our Dream Marathoners into running their first marathon, but in time we hope they can be coaches who can help others beyond the reach of TBR so that even more people can learn to love running.
WHAT IS TBR CERTIFIED RUNNING COACH PROGRAM?
The Bull Runner (TBR) launches its inaugural TBR Running Coach Certification Program with partners, Coach Francis Diano, PT, MCMT, COMT and Coach James Michael Lafferty. It is the first running coach certification program endorsed by the U.S.-based Medical Wellness Association.
GOAL OF TBR CERTIFIED RUNNING COACH PROGRAM
The goal of the program is to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills to individuals who wish to train other runners for a marathon or shorter road races. The program also aims to create a high standard of knowledgeable, effective, and ethical coaches to the running community.
TBR CERTIFIED RUNNING COACH LEVEL 1 COURSE
For 2016, the TBR Certified Running Coach Program will offer the TBR Certified Running Coach Level 1 Course. The TBR Certified Running Coach Level 1 course is a 2-day intensive program led by Coach Francis Diano and Coach James Michael Lafferty. Day one is a lecture and day two is a workshop. A final exam will be administered on the second day.
DAY ONE: Lecture
September 17, 2016, Saturday
9 AM to 4 PM
TBA, Bonifacio High Street
DAY TWO: Workshop and Final Exam
September 18, 2016, Sunday
9 AM to 4 PM
Ayala Alabang Village
INAUGURAL FEE: P4,900 inclusive of meals and snacks
I am thankful to our trainers, Coach Jim and Coach Francis, who charge a lot more abroad to provide a training like this for future coaches. The inaugural fee will just be enough cover the expenses for the workshop because we truly feel the immediate need for a good group of running coaches that can serve the ever-growing running community.
WHO CAN ENROLL?
The course will initially be accepting participants who have been invited to join due to their experience as a Pacer, Dream Chaser, or volunteer in past TBR Dream Marathons. A participant may also be referred by a Pacer or Dream Chaser.
The participants must have completed at least one (1) marathon and must be a passionate runner with a desire to help other runners and an interest to learn from running experts.
Participants will undergo a Selection Process before being accepted into the program.
In the future, we have plans of expanding this program but for now we want to ensure that we provide quality training to a select group of runners.
DOWNLOAD OUR E-BROCHURE
If you are interested in enrolling, you may download this e-brochure by clicking below:
Download / View: TBR CERTIFIED RUNNING COACH PROGRAM
If you feel you qualify for the program and you are interested in joining, please click below for the online registration form:
Link: ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM
For inquiries and/or registration, contact Jaymie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0906-318-2723.