Roy has two tune up race efforts on his schedule before his "A" race at the 2020 Buffalo Marathon in May! First up is
the Charlottesville 10 miler a hard 10 mile race effort on March 28th, and then the Park to Park Half Marathon a Virtual Half Marthon on April 25th. Right now, he is logging the miles, ramping the long runs up, and crushing tempos and track workouts
Group Run Opportunities (all are FREE): GROUP TRAINING SESSIONS ARE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Tuesdays 5:30am from RMS Wellness Center - several groups of varying pace
Wednesdays 5:45pm(ish) from BlueStone Bike & Run - easy 3.5-4 miles, no-drop run (group stays together)
Thursdays 5:30am JMU Track Session (on campus), 2 mile warm up at 5:15 option, stadium lights on at 5:30am!
Saturday AM (check our Facebook/Instagram) Long Run BlueStone Bike & Run - run however far you want with the group
2020 Monument Ave 10k in Richmond first available 10k road race will be a better event since Jackie will be racing. With guidance from Excel Rocktown, this enthusiastic runner been working hard gaining fitness and speed. This will be her 2nd 10k ever and looking to set a good PR!
Having experience with racing a half-marathon at Park to Park and Richmond last year, Laura has committed to taking the leap to running a "Full" this Spring. She is
entered into the Coastal Delaware Running Festival Marathon on April 19th, 2020 going to continue working on her marathon training until the first opportunity to run a 26.2 event presents itself!
The training process for Pete has been very rewarding not only for him but for us as well. With high improvement in every running discipline over the last 6 months, he now sets his sights on crushing
the Park to Park Half Marathon a Virtual Half Marathon on April 25th. Future goals include tackling a full 26.2!
the Massanutten Mountain Trail 100 Miler a SOLO 100 MILE TRAIL RUN is a big undertaking! Daryl is logging big miles with super long TOF (time on feet) sessions and tons of elevation in preperation. Having a 50 Mile race under his belt, he came to Excel Rocktown for guidance on how to train for this behemoth of a race in May effort on April 19th!
Coaching JMU ARMY ROTC
Mike was hired by the JMU Military Sciences Department to help coach the ROTC Cadets to several goals:
- Passing and performing competitively in the Army Physical Fitness Test, and upcoming new Army Combat Fitness Test
- Lead a Team to compete in the Park to Park Half Marathon in April
- Help prepare the JMU Army Ranger Group in the Sandhurst ROTC competition which will have many other university teams as well as international teams.
Connecting with Training Partners
Finding people with similar goals, abilities, and schedules is very important to us. We offer several opportunites to run with other people each week. Visit our "Services" page to a schedule of our get together runs.
Pictured are Matt and Sean. While we don't coach them directly, they have become great training partners. Meeting up with us 2-3 times a week, they continue to work toward their marathon goals (Boston and Grandma's Marathons).
After qualifying for the Boston Marathon at the Virginia Beach Shamrock Marathon (3:25:14) in March of 2019, Nelle ran the Richmond Marathon last Fall in 1:34:03. A fun race at 2020 Boston is her next step and then shooting for a PR in Chicago this October.
In February of this year, Tom finished 5th place at the ICY 8 ultramarathon (a race where you cover as many miles in 8 hours as possible). Currently he is training for
the the first opportunity to run a fast marthon. Potomac River Marathon in May
A Note about Harrisonburg, VA: Our area is one of the most beautiful places to run. We have a true 4-season year, rolling terrain, and an ever growing running community! From the hundreds of members in our 2280RUN club in Harrisonburg founded by our own coach Nelle Fox, to the energy that surrounds James Madison University, there is no shortage of places to run or people to run with! Here are just some of the group run opportunities, current highlights, and local standouts with whom Excel Rocktown is involved.
Running Cubs (Cub Run Elementary)
Introducing Elementary students to the fun world of running and how it can be beneficial physically, mentally, and socially. Nelle and other teachers started leading this active inititive last Fall and had so much demand, that they continued this Spring semester.
Meeting after school one day a week, this elective event teaches these youngters how to pace themselves when running long, and how to use good form when speeding down the track.