Whether you are new to running or have run several marathons, RunVermont offers several options to help you achieve your running goals. All of these options will provide runners with sound fundamentals and access to guidance from seasoned runners rich in experience and enthusiasm to help you get the most of out of your miles.
Select a program that best fits your personal goals, which can be anything from a 5K to a full marathon. Each plan has been crafted to provide progression over a reasonable time period allowing for physical development without undue amounts of stress. These plans are designed to get you across the finish line and enjoy the success of your efforts. Each program is offered as a complimentary service so feel free to download! Our only request is that you consider joining the Runners Alliance as a means to enhance your safety on the roads.
To download your free plan, click your target goal below:
If you are trying to reach a running goal and want some advice specifically tailored to your goals, then look no further. We've assembled a team of coaches who will guide you in your running pursuits, all from the comfort of your home. Our team will share a passion for running and offer years of experience in working with hundreds of runners.
RunVermont's Rdy2Run Digital Coaching platform will give you the access to online discussions, podcasts, runner forums and insights to answer your questions and help you meet your running goals. Whether training for and running your first marathon, seeking to finish your first 5K or looking to improve your personal bests, our coaches are well equipped to help you!
How Rdy2Run Works
Select the distance-specific group that you wish to conquer. Each group will establish a regular schedule for weekly online meetings and live discussions, all dependent on targeted dates associated with your specific RunVermont events. Your coach will contact you via email to introduce themselves and let you know the regular meeting time and discussion schedule. Some of the meetings will be conducted via Facebook live or similar formats, some may be live in-person gatherings (when safe and allowed), and some may include group fun runs (when safe and allowed).
Meet The Coaches
5K/10K Coach: Cheryl Aley
As a lifelong competitive athlete, Cheryl brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Coach Aley combines 35 years of running every distance known, from 5Ks to Ultras and from road racing to trails, to bring unique insights and plenty of practical application to her coaching platform. In addition, 10 years of coaching young runners and a USATF Level II Certification have helped to hone her approach to encourage a healthy lifestyle, a positive outlook and the element of joy through running to help you achieve your specific goals. Cheryl will help you find both fun and challenge in your running!
Half Marathon Coach: Joe Connelly
As RunVermont's Director of Race Operations, Joe knows all the details on every RunVermont course. USTAF Level I Certified, Joe has been the Head Coach for Men's Cross Country at NCAA Division II Saint Michael's College since 2001, and also Saint Michael's Nordic Ski Team from 2001-2012. In 2003, Joe coached Saint Michael's first NCAA Championship qualifier in Cross Country. Prior to Saint Michael's, Connelly worked with post-college runners and triathletes, primarily with beginner to intermediate athletes looking for structure in their training plan. Joe is a 20-time marathoner with 10 Boston finishes and 2 Vermont City Marathon finishes, including our inaugural year in 1989. He has over 500 race finishes in running, triathlon/duathlon, Nordic skiing, and cycling.
"In road racing and cross country, tailoring one's training to the type of course they are looking to have a good performance on is often a critical factor in one's success. As a designer and measurer of RunVermont courses, and with an eye on how to analyze courses other races use, I believe I can deliver key insights to the runners I work with to put them in a position to excel on race day. My coaching philosophy for runners is based on Arthur Lydiard's proven principles. I strive to put a runner in a place where they are able to honor their talent. There are no shortcuts in this sport - craft a plan, put it to work, and you will be rewarded."
Half Marathon Coach: Hilary Therrien
Half Marathon Coach Hilary Therrien is a lifelong Vermonter born and raised in Franklin County. Growing up, she was a year-round soccer player, which made for a natural transition to becoming a runner in her early 20's. She's run many races in the Northeast but the local Vermont ones have always been her favorites. Hilary is partial to the challenges of the marathon distance but has found a home with the half marathon run.
Hilary is a wife and a mother to an 18-month old boy named Beckett while working full-time in the mental health field. When she's not working or chasing her son, you can find her on the roads or in her local gym where she is also a fitness instructor and personal trainer.
"I love working with other runners and a real passion of mine is introducing others to the sport and the positive impact it can play in your mental and physical health. I look forward to working with each one of you and having the opportunity to coach through RunVermont!"
Marathon Coach: Sam Davis
USATF Certified Coach Sam Davis has been running competitively for more than 40 years. His accomplishments include being a collegiate cross-country champion, as well as a former record holder in track. He is a respected member of the RunVermont Hall of Fame and has completed over 27 marathons (including four Vermont City Marathons) and countless half marathons. Coach Davis has PR's of 2:32 and 1:08 in the marathon and half marathon distances. To prepare for the coaching realm his education includes; Level II Certification from USATF, Level II Certification from Road Runners Club of America, Level II Certification from Lydiard, a VDOT 02 Certification in the Jack Daniels Method, and a USECA Certification.
"I believe that one size does not fit all when it comes to training. I strive to customize training programs to an individual's lifestyle and include factors such as running age, past injuries, and long-term goals. I have learned more from my mistakes than from my successes and work to apply that knowledge to help runners achieve their goals."