Running 101: Calling all Coaches

By Scott Gilbert, Penn State

Do you love to exercise and encourage others to do the same? Then sign up to be a Running 101 coach.

Highmark is offering Running 101, a 10-week physical activity program that helps new runners train for and run their first 5K. Training starts April 9 and the goal is to run the Chocolate Miracle 5K in Hershey on June 16.

Coaches commit to working with a group of individuals for one hour, one evening each week for the 10-week program. The University Fitness Center (UFC) on the Penn State Hershey campus, is a designated training site. Groups will meet outside the facility at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Coaches will follow a step-by-step training curriculum, which includes information about general race preparation, physical activity progression, basic nutrition and motivation. No prior coaching experience is required, but participants must meet the following criteria:

— Hold a health-related degree or hold an active fitness certification (Certified Personal Trainer/Group Exercise Instructor)

— Be CPR-certified or are willing to be certified

— Have previously run a 5K, at a minimum

— Jog or run for personal physical fitness

At the end of the program, coaches will receive a special thank-you gift — official U.S. Olympic Gear.

Interested? Send an email to

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