RUN717 Youth Program


RUN717 Youth Program

Hosted by RUN717

An opportunity for 5th and 6th graders to improve their endurance and coordination!

Practices will be held at Baker Field in Lancaster, PA

Come out and run to have fun!

Do you have a 5th or 6th grader who loves to run? Maybe they plan on doing cross country in the fall, or maybe they need to get in shape for a different sport.

Join RUN717 coaches and local 5th and 6th grade runners for 6 weeks of supervised running. This experience is designed to develop a passion for running, and sessions will be lead in a fun, exciting, environment.  

Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Baker Field beginning at 4:45. They begin April 26th and end June 2nd.

Athletes will learn basic drills and exercises designed to enhance motor skills and running efficiency.  They will develop endurance and speed through a variety of games and age appropriate workouts.

RUN717 Youth

WHEN? Tuesday and Thursday from 4:45-5:45

COST? $ 60

Start Date? Tuesday, April 26th End Date? Thursday, June 2nd

More Details….

We’ve put together an amazing team of coaches that want to help you have fun and improve your fitness. A typical session will have a warmup, game, workout, longer game, then exercises.

Ashley Solenberger pulls from a wide variety of experiences to develop his coaching philosophy.  He grew up swimming, and playing soccer and basketball.  As an adult he teaches elementary PE and has coached soccer at the high school level.  Athletically, he has competed in triathlons from the sprint to Ironman distance often placing in the top 10 overall.  Over the last 8 years, he has focused mostly on running again competing at a variety of distances from the mile to the marathon.  He enjoys a speed session much more than a long run but appreciates the benefits of both.

Brenda Hodge is the founder and CEO of RUN717. She currently coaches over 40 adult runners, but misses the fun and energy of working with the youth. She hopes this program will help support local school programs and encourage athletes to be lifelong runners.

Assistant Coach Jay McMillan is a parent of a Hempfield runner and has 35 years of running experience. Jay is active in the athletic community and has experience coaching both soccer and cross country, including several week long camps.  Jay believes the most important thing is instilling a love of running as it is a gift that will last a child a lifetime!

Assistant Coach Mark Oles is a lifelong runner. He began his racing career since age 6 and was captain of both cross country and track during his senior year of high school. Although running took a back seat to academics in college, he returned to serious training after finding a group of local runners at the F&M track. When his kids came along, he started volunteering to coach their soccer, basketball, and now, cross country and track teams. Mark’s favorite thing about coaching is seeing a spark for a sport grow and blossom in to a passion.  Coach Jay and Coach Mark have a long running bet about who can talk more.  

All coaches have required clearances to work with youth.

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