Summer Training 2019 - Begins June 17!

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Come join the fun this summer, as Whisper Running kicks off another Summer Training session! Scheduled to begin June 17, and lasting nine weeks, Whisper now offers summer training for all running types and events, in addition to the preseason training for the 2019 cross-country season.

Sprint/Speed Training: Introducing speed and agility training for those seeking top-end speed and quickness for their respective sports. For athletes who play baseball, softball, soccer or lacrosse, and obviously track and field, the training will aim to improve all-around athleticism, and ultimately your performance. Training will take place on Monday’s and Friday’s from 9-11am, and Wednesday’s from 9am-noon at the locations found on the calendar.

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Distance Runners: Join fellow runners from around the region as we embark on another summer aimed at getting fit for cross-country 2019!  Together, we will embrace the rigors of tempos, Fartleks, steady-state runs and more!

Along the journey, we will be setting goals, gaining fitness, and boosting self-confidence, all within the realm of working hard with one another!

HIGHLIGHTS: Highlights during the nine-week Summer Training session include:

  • Gaining and sustaining friendships through meeting and running with runners from throughout the Vancouver-Portland area.

  • Pace groups for sprinters, middle distance, and distance groups of all abilities led by local high school and college runners.

  • Sport Psychology curriculum highlighting a topic each week. Topics include Time Management, Visualization, Self-Talk, Performance Anxiety Management, Self-Confidence Enrichment, Nutrition, and more!

  • Cross-Training using a variety of functional movement based exercises to create a dynamic running body.

  • Aqua-jogging for continued cross-training, body therapy, and aerobic improvement.

  • Fun!  The most important aspect of training, undoubtedly, is fun!  The kids will learn how to train, how to run, they’ll learn about intervals, tempos, warm-ups, cool-downs, biomechanics, new levels of intensity of training, and they’ll reach levels of training they never imagined! Who wouldn’t have fun gaining fitness while learning about yourself in a positive, safe, and stimulating environment?

DATES & ATTENDANCE: Summer Training spans Monday, June 17 through Thursday, August 15. Sprint/Speed practices will be Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's, while distance practices will be offered five days each week. Distance runners choose to attend practices on Monday’s or Tuesday’s, everyone attends on Wednesday’s, and then choose Thursday’s or Friday’s. This model of training three days each week allows lesser mature runners the time to recover as needed between workouts, and the more seasoned runners the opportunity to still train with their school teams as needed. The tentative Summer Training session locations will be:

  • Monday’s & Tuesday’s: Weekly we will alternate locations between Pacific Park and Shahala Middle School. Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9 at Pacific Park, and Weeks 2, 4, 6, & 8 at Shahala Middle School. Please see the Whisper Calendar for locations, dates, and times of practices.

  • Wednesday’s in June & August we will meet at Clark College from 9am-noon. Wednesday’s in July we will meet at the Washington State Blind School Gymnasium and Pool from 9am-noon.

  • Thursday’s & Friday’s at Clark College from 9-11am.

PAYMENT: There are two options for paying for Summer Training. The first option is to pay for the Summer Training Package, which costs $415 for the nine weeks of training. The second option is to pay for the Summer Training Runcard, which offers eight training sessions for $185. If your child plans to attend only one to two days each week, then the Runcard might be a better financial option for you. If your child plans to attend two to three days each week, then the Summer Training Package might be the safest and best financial plan.

QUESTIONS: If you have questions about the training, or would simply like to introduce yourself, click here to contact Coach Dave and he will reach out to you as soon as he can and can answer all of your questions.


the work we do


In order to better serve the needs of the vast abilities within preseason training, interval groups are formed based on the runners current fitness level. This summer, we will have training for both sprinters (100m-400m) and distance runners (400 to 2-mile), with subgroups within the disciplines. Training sessions are for all abilities, from beginners to advanced.



Running comes in many forms, and whether you are a beginner or a seasoned vet, every runner can benefit from cross-training. Cross-training is an essential part of a runners general fitness, strengthening muscles all around, and especially those muscles essential for high level performance. We use a variety of modalities, from aqua-jogging and water-based exercises, in addition to the use of ropes, kettlebells, dumbbells, and body weight exercises. These are all in place for the benefit of creating a more athletic and stronger runner.

The social element of whisper


Two important elements in training should always include being fun and being social. Whisper aims to create an environment for growth beyond being a runner, by cultivating a supportive and safe place for runners to make friends, be themselves, work hard, engage with others, accomplish goals, and have fun! The Ferris Beuller mantra of “Life moves pretty fast…” is fully embraced at each training session and is on full display at Whisper, where accomplishments and friendships are made on a regular basis.