Get To Know Your Running Clubs: West Coast Road Runners
In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with Dan Guillory about the West Coast Road Runners, a San Diego based half and full marathon training club focused on helping people achieve their goals.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Tell us a bit about your club history and membership
It all began in January 2004 in San Diego with 240 members in the first program. We decided we wanted to open our own training program and offer San Diego the greatest possibility to get into top training shape. We left our former group and developed West Coast Road Runners. Our passion for the sport gives us the desire to help others achieve their potential as an athlete, we now train closer to 1000 athletes a year.
We offer 6 different pace groups, with ‘sub-pace groups’ within each of them, which allows everyone to train at their own pace. We offer train year-round offering training for ANY half or full marathon you wish to train for. Our local races are the most popular but, we do have members that do travel races all over the US and even the world.
We believe that It’s not about how fast or how slow you are, but about you being able to achieve your goals. With our 26 coaches on staff, we know we can help you do that, no matter what pace you are.
Where/when do you usually meet?
Our January (Spring program) trains at 2 San Diego locations until we reach 10 miles in training (for full marathon training), then locations change week to week for the Spring ‘Local Favorites’, Rock N Roll San Diego or Seattle programs utilizing trails, the coast, many parks, Mission Bay and other areas of San Diego.
The July (referred to as Fall Training season) programs will be held at Mission Bay, Rancho Bernardo/Escondido and Carlsbad/Encinitas. In the Fall season training we also have an all groups meet once a month to combine everyone and train at various locations for more fun!
*Note* You can learn more details about where to find the West Coast Road Runners through their website at http://wcroadrunners.com/
Any cost to be a member/join?
Yes, WCRR Fall 28 or Spring 22-25 week training program costs only $90 for new members and $75 for returning WCRR members. If you sign up before the early registration deadline, your entry fee is just $80 (and $70 for return members). Annual memberships, cover 2 full seasons (about 12 calendar months) and are also available at $150 ($140 for return members). On Line Training is $150 for Full and $125 for Half Marathon Training.
Our members receive a number of benefits including:
- Race Discounts
- Free tech. T-Shirt
- Raffle prizes (Garmin watches, race Entries, shoes, gift certificates, more sponsor products).
- Weekly training schedules as we train for over 35 different annual Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter races
- Team Pace Group run/walks
- Track workouts, 3 main locations, educational seminars
They also get the benefit of 100+ years of marathon coaching experience!
Are you affiliated with any events?
Yes. We are the official pace team for the San Diego half marathon and the Celebration Run half marathon
Where are your favourite spots to run in/around the city?
San Elijo lagoon is everyone's fave.
Do you have any favourite races?
In addition to the Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon, CIM, California International Marathon is always a California favorite too.
But, the BEST MARATHON EVER in my opinion is the New York City Marathon! Bar none! The excitement of the city, the people, the enthusiasm; it’s absolutely electric. I’ve run it twice and can tell you, it’s better than Boston.
Anything else that we should know?
We’ve added a F.E.W. Training Program – Fitness, Endurance, Weight Loss. WCRR Training programs offer you Race Specific training, specific daily workouts, weekly Group runs with hundreds of members and 26 Marathon Training Certified Pace Group Coaches all with one goal in mind, to help you achieve your goals! Our positive attitude training can be just what you’re looking for.
Want to connect with the West Coast Road Runners or just learn a bit more about them? Check out their information below:
Looking for more runs?
Get a full calendar of San Diego running races at www.runguides.com/san-diego/runs