Winter Training FAQ's

Whether you missed the Runner/Parent Information session on Tuesday, November 7th, or you need a refresher, there is still plenty of time to help get you caught up.  Below are a few FAQ’s from the Info Session that were addressed:

Which online training option is right for me?  Whisper offers a few different options.  With the Winter Training session beginning January 16, High School runners should register for the six-week package since their season begins in late February.  Likewise, Middle School runners should register for the nine-week session since their session begins in late March. 

What if my child can only make it to one or two days a week of training?  That’s totally okay!  The RUNCARD/Punchcard works for Winter Training.  This option allows runners who are involved with other activities to remain involved and conditioned in preparation for the 2018 track season.  The RUNCARD option also accommodates families who live in the outer regions (south Portland, Woodland, etc.).  RUNCARDS are good for any day of group training throughout the year.  Though the Winter Training six or nine week pass does offer a better price for the package, RUNCARDS do offer more flexibility.  The choice is yours!  Be mindful that the RUNCARD expires after three months from the first day of use.

When and how do I register my child to run?  Registration is a simple process.  First, be sure to complete the Contact or Prospective Athlete link to introduce yourself to Coach Caldwell.  Next, you may pay by check or online.  Once your payment has been processed and your waiver (see below) is submitted, you’re set!  Be sure to register before December 31, as prices will go up on January 1.  Payment by checks is preferred.  If you plan to pay by check, please make arrangements with Coach Dave if, for any reason, you cannot pay before January 1.

Is there a waiver for participation?  YES!  The waiver is sent out periodically.  If you have not yet received a waiver, please be sure to inquire by contacting Coach Dave via email.  The waiver process requires a current physical on file.

How are practices structured?  During the six- or nine-week group training sessions (January through February/March and June through August), there will be one to three coaches at every practice.  Additionally, Whisper aims to have a Pacer for each group of runners.  A Coach designs the workouts and Pacers administer the workouts.  A Pacer may not be every practice, and that is okay, as it allows runners to experience a greater sense of autonomy within their running.  Practices typically consist of interval-based workouts to develop speed-endurance, or at least, the mentality to train at higher than normal levels.

Do I need to have Whisper Running gear to participate?  No, but runners do look pretty slick in their Whisper apparel.  There are many runners who train year-round with Whisper, and they have likely accumulated hoodies or shirts along the way.  The Whisper online apparel store opens a few times each year and should be open before the holiday rush.  Stay tuned for a link to the Bashor Team Apparel online store coming soon!

If these FAQ’s below do not answer your questions, please email Coach Dave directly: