The COVID-19 pandemic has created a running renaissance: gyms are less available, stress levels are high, and we’re all trying to both stay healthy (and trim!) and be outside as much as possible.
In “normal times”, all these runners would be signing up for actual races to stay motivated and create incentives to continue becoming a better runner. At the same time, organizations like YAF who rely on events like the Boston Marathon as part of their fund-raising programs have lost critical revenue, because there are no actual marathons in the near term, and the challenges our clients are facing in this remote-learning environment make them need YAF’s support more than ever.
Our new Good, Better, Best program addresses both of those challenges.
How it works
It’s very simple. You pay a $25 participation/administration fee, and then commit to raise or donate $500 by April 1, 2021 to support YAF. In exchange you will receive expert training advice from professional running coach Rick Muhr, who has trained runners for the Boston Marathon for 25 years and has 45 years of running experience. Rick will provide insight into every facet of running, including nutrition, hydration, sleep, post-workout recovery, proper shoe selection, improving functional movement, and avoiding injury.
You will set your own goals. Maybe you’re not currently a runner and want to be able to run a 5K. Maybe you want to improve your 10K time, getting back to your pace from 20 years ago. Maybe you want to stretch your distance to be able to complete a half marathon, or even a marathon. Rick’s comprehensive approach goes beyond just “move your legs faster,” and will provide the incentive, motivation, and accountability to help you reach whatever goal you set.
And walkers are welcome too! (Did you know that walking a mile and running a mile burn the same number of calories, the former just takes longer?) Coach Rick is dedicated to getting people to move on a consistent and moderate basis, taking into account their baseline fitness level and goals. Whether you’re a marathoner or half-marathoner, or interested in a 10K or 5K or you’re just OK, this program will focus on keeping you as healthy as possible during this challenging time.
This will all be done virtually (hence, safely), so you can participate wherever you are, and at your convenience. You may even want to enlist a group of friends and do it together…there may be informal team competitions involved!
What you receive
· Professional Coaching
· Weekly Emails from Coach Rick
· Unlimited access to Coach Rick via email and text
· Fundraising Support
· Training Schedule specific to your chosen distance
· Instructional videos
· Weekly Zoom calls with Coach Rick and your teammates
· Performance Shirt and Finisher’s Medal
The program will start on January 3, 2020 and run through April 3, 2021. If you’d like to be part of it, you're in the right place! Register to get your fundraising page started and we'll be in touch shortly . We hope you will join us for this innovative, win-win program!
All About Coach Rick
Coach Rick Muhr brings more than 24 years of marathon coaching experience to the Marathon Coalition™ TEAM. His ability to motivate and inspire has gotten thousands of runners across the finish line of numerous marathons throughout the world. For 12 years, Rick was head coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program, preparing runners for marathons not only in Boston and around the United States, but also in Dublin and Bermuda. In addition, Rick is always focused on fundraising, building on his experience as a participant in the Team In Training program as a runner, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year campaign (in which Rick was chosen as Man of the Year), and his Run Across Massachusetts for the Special Olympics, among others.
Rick has completed 31 marathons spanning 5 decades and has qualified for Boston in each marathon.
His first 30 marathons were completed in under 3:00 hours
His marathon personal record is 2:33 which he ran in Chicago twice and the Rockford, Illinois marathon.
1983: Rick was ranked fifth in the country at 100K (62 miles).
2002: Running entirely on a track, Rick completed 50 miles in ten hours to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year campaign (and he was chosen the 2002 Man of the Year).
2004: For the Run Across Massachusetts, Rick ran 165 miles in five days — from the New York border to the state house in Boston — to raise awareness and money for the Special Olympics.
Rick was selected as a torch-bearer in the 2004 Olympic Torch Relay.
2006: Rick ran 62 miles on a track to raise funds for the Dr. Cynthia Lucero Latino Mental Health Program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
Rick was also the Head Men’s Cross Country Coach at Worcester State University.
About The Youth Advocacy Foundation
The Youth Advocacy Foundation (YAF) was established in 2001. We are the non-profit arm of the Massachusetts juvenile public defender agency: the Youth Advocacy Division (YAD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). For nearly twenty years, the Youth Advocacy Foundation (YAF) has been working to protect and defend Massachusetts' most vulnerable youth. We see, over and over, that when children drop out of the educational system they end up in the court system. That's why, one of our key initiatives, the EdLaw Project, is a team of lawyers who provide education advocacy to court-involved youth. We also train lawyers, parents, and administrators statewide in expert education advocacy. Since EdLaw's formal inception in January 2000, our EdLaw attorneys have directly advocated for the educational rights of over 1,800 Massachusetts youth. We have realized, however, that as a small team based in Boston, our impact through direct education advocacy and legal representation will still leave the thousands more systems-involved youth without this crucial resource. Thus, to broaden our impact statewide, we also focus on expanding the network of those trained in education advocacy, primarily through providing training, mentoring, and capacity building to youth advocates--in particular juvenile public defenders--across Massachusetts. We're changing the standards of the statewide juvenile bar to include education advocacy for the 20-25,000 youth who interact with the court system each year in Massachusetts.