I often think about a statement that one of my college cross-country teammates used frequently. He would always say, “The good runner is always prepared”. While I knew this to hold certain truths, little did I know it would mean so much to me as a Sport Psychologist.  In all aspects of running, a plan of action is needed. Training, racing, traveling, eating all require some planning if you are to perform your best.

Grove City, PA (30min from the Ohio state line)


Collegiate track and field and cross-country may be facing its darkest hour as more Division I schools have dropped or are planning to discontinue these sports. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided the guilty athletic departments an excuse to once again severely damage the sport that surpasses all others in providing opportunities for minorities, women, and athletes of all body types to compete. It is also the least expensive sport to sponsor. As an example, according to the popular website, FloTrack, the University of Akron annually spends these amounts per athlete: Track and Field - $1500; Men’s Soccer - $7,900; and men’s basketball, $47,000.

A virtual race is an event which can be run or walked from any location the athlete choices. The athlete can run or walk on the road, on the trail, on a treadmill or on the track. The athlete runs the race at their own pace and times it themselves.

The Road Runners Club of America wants to remind the running community about the importance of following our hot weather running tips. Running in the heat of summer can be dangerous if proper precautions and preparations are not followed.