The Weekend Experience: Snapshot
We will stay and run in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. Our runs will take us through Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William and Mary, and beautiful trails in the town. Weekend attendees will be able to enjoy the quiet, quaint aspects of the town, run through peaceful trails and bustling tourist areas, as well as have the opportunity during 'own your own' times to visit historical sites, museums, and excellent shopping spots.
Friday's Featured Speaker:
Sika Henry is a Corporate Analyst for Ferguson Enterprises and a Professional Triathlete based in Newport News, VA. As a collegiate high jumper and sprinter, Sika became an NCAA All-American in Track and Field while earning her degree in Economics from Tufts University. She is a 2019 IRONMAN World Championship finisher and a 2-time Marathon Champ. After recovering from a traumatic bike accident that left Sika with significant injuries, she made history when she became the first African American Woman to qualify for her pro card in triathlon. Sika was named Athlete of the Year as part of the 2020 Outspoken Women in Triathlon Awards for her work to advocate for and make positive change in the sport of triathlon.
Yoga is a lot like running. Your best run is when your breath, body, and mind are as one. Yoga has provided Maria a deeper physical and mental expression of that vital connection. She enjoys leading classes range from gentle flows with restorative poses to powerful high intensity vinyasa practices.
Maria received her 200-hour yoga instructor certificate from the Garden of Zen in Yorktown. For the past four years she has been an Athletic and Fitness Association of America instructor for group strength, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and senior strength and balance. In addition, she is a certified Body Flow instructor, which is hybrid yoga practice. She also leads yoga classes at Gloucester Yoga. Her running journey has taken her from 5Ks to ultramarathons.
Saturday's Featured Speaker:
Heather Hamilton, PT, DPT is a physical therapist specializing in women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy. She has extensive experience treating female athletes during and after pregnancy and throughout the lifespan. Dr. Hamilton currently works as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University, where she is also a doctoral candidate studying the relationships of age, running biomechanics, and muscle strength specifically in female runners. She is passionate about maximizing performance and minimizing injury in female athletes of all ages. In her spare time, you will find her running through First Landing State Park, hiking with her husband, Jeremiah, or snuggling with their dog, Chief.
- Morning trail run at the Warhill Multi-Use Trail - Trail loop is 3.7 miles.
- Two start times - 9 am and 10 am (and run/walk additional loops). Loops can be modified to reduce length by taking a road access back to cars at the mid-way point for each loops
- Enjoy the rest of your day in Williamsburg before heading home (on your own options include outdoor recreational activities, shopping at the outlets and other stores in Williamsburg, and visiting museums and Colonial Williamsburg)
- All runs can be modified by the participant for distance and pace. The group run leader will run at an easy pace based on the majority of the group's pace preference. We will stop every mile or so as needed to regroup.
- We will run at least one day on a trail. The decision to wear road shoes or trail shoes is individual and runners should elect to wear the type of shoe best for them. The trails we will run are not technical in nature.
- Williamsburg is not flat and as such there will be some hills on our runs.
- The running surface varies in Williamsburg and you should be aware that some runs may include pavement, gravel, trail, and cobblestone.
- Dinner menus are pre-set. Menus will be posted early January and emailed out to participants. Accommodations for dietary allergies should be noted at the time of reservation.
- Hotel amenities may change based on any state or local COVID restrictions.
- The Weekend activities will follow all CDC, state, and local COVID guidelines and mandates.
- Weekend participants are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated, including booster shots as needed per federal guidelines, in advance of the Weekend.
- The registration link for the Colonial 5k and Colonial Half Marathon (additional fee through race website) will be emailed to registrants when it opens for registration.
- Registration fee may be paid via check: Email email@example.com for waiver (required) and mailing address