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Purpose of the program: To introduce Seniors to the wonderful, welcoming sport of Masters Track and Field. To provide and foster a healthy, active lifestyle for men and women ages 55-100+. To encourage seniors to challenge themselves to achieve in a way they never imagined, in a safe, unassuming environment monitored by an experienced, professional coach. We will talk and set realistic, attainable goals to set each member up for success.
Goals: To train members to eventually be fit enough to compete either locally, nationally or internationally (representing Team USA) after completing the proper training. Events training for: long jump, high jump, hurdles, sprint events, middle/long distance events, throwing events. We will not be training for pole vault.
Who's it for?: All ability levels welcome. No prior experience in track and field is necessary, but those who have done it are encouraged to come out. Armed Forces Veterans welcome and encouraged.
What to expect: Courteous, patient, professional coaching for all ability levels. We will do a fair amount of basic cardio at practice, within the realms of each individual’s fitness. You will learn about running form and economy, breathing techniques, later to explore jumping, hurdling and throwing techniques, based on interest level. We will have from 5-8 meetings per month, depending on weather and scheduled competition days.
Requirements: You must be in good physical health, and provide written notice from a doctor that you are allowed to participate in activities involving cardiovascular exercise, light strength training, as well as potential jumping and throwing, if you pursue that avenue.
Cost of the program:
For residents of designated Senior Living Communities (i.e. Friendship Village):
$50 per person/month paid to Coach Flash. It works out to be about $6 per class. You are not required to do the entire 9 months. Cost is the same per month if you attend 1 class or all 8 classes. We will meet Thursday nights and Sunday mornings, starting in October. Total cost October-June (9 months) is $400 if paid up front (save $50).
For those not living in designated Senior Living Communities (general public):
$75/mth, paid to Coach Flash. It works out to be about $9.40 per class. Cost is the same per month if you attend 1 class or all 8 classes. We will meet Thursday nights and Sunday mornings, starting in October. Total cost October-June (9 months) is $650 if paid up front (save $50).
Additional expenses (optional): No one is required to compete, but that will be the goal of our training. Entering meets can cost anywhere from $10-$100, depending on the level of competition and number of events entered. Meet entries and travel expenses will be the sole responsibility of the person participating. Coach Flash, when needed, will offer assistance with navigating online entries, scheduling travel if an individual is not set up to pay online and no family member or friend is available to help.
Some potential meets we will be training for 2020:
February: Arizona Senior Olympics
March: National Indoor Masters Championships (Louisiana)
April: AZ Flames Invite
May: Arizona State Championship
June: Grand Canyon State Games
July: National Outdoor Masters Championships (North Carolina), WMA Masters World Athletics Championships (Toronto)
Locations: We will conduct practices at Ehrhardt Park and MCC, as well as other nearby locations, to be announced. You must find transportation to get there.
Photo credits to Dave Albo and Rob D'avellar
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