What. A.Year!

As I sit at my desk and write this blog, it is almost a year since my last post.  I know we all feel like we've been living in "The Twilight Zone" but it is all too real.  I hope that our Runner2Runner family has managed to stay healthy and well, but I know many people i(ncluding me) have been affected by Covid.  I'm very thankful for the new vaccines and hope that real and lasting health comes back to our world.

Throughout this entire pandemic, Howard and I have worked very hard to make sure Runner2Runner would continue.  And keep what programs we had going by managing them with strict protocols.  Our coaches have been tremendous and have encouraged our young athletes through less than ideal circumstances.   Thanks to each and everyone of our coaches, parents, and athletes for supporting our small business!

We are taking a cautious, hopeful full breath of air for 2021.  Judging from our Inbox, our parents are super happy to have our programs back and we are growing.  We are now in 6 locations in Texas, plus our exisiting programs in Oregon, Washington, Missouri and Michigan.  This is amazing and I'm so happy we have a chance to share our amazing sport of running with more young athletes!

If you follow us on social media @runner2runner, you will see this post.  But I'm sharing it here because I'm so happy that I can! 

Wishing you all a healthy and happier 2021!

Melissa Hill, President and Founder, Runner2Runner

We Are final

Our new normal, for now...

March 26, 2020

It’s hard to put into words what the last 3 weeks have meant, unprecedented has been used and is so accurate.  I remember hearing stories from my grandmother about the Spanish flu, from books about TB and polio, and more recently, the impact of 9/11 on our nation.  But we are facing a worldwide crisis, something I have never experienced and of course, new for Runner2Runner and our team of coaches.

In the space of 2 weeks, Howard (COO) and I have converted our curriculum to a virtual online classroom.  We launch this new and fun workout series on April 1. If you have registered for one of our programs, you will receive a password via email giving you access to our workouts (from April 1 onward).  

We’ve worked hard to provide you the same excellent curriculum you’ve come to expect from Runner2Runner. We have incentives to get your young athlete up and going (see our LEADERBOARD) on our classroom page.  At the end of our session, we plan to award some fun prizes based on points earned (prizes are subject to availability from our supply chain).

Our future is still bright, but we don’t anticipate approaching our workouts the same way ever again.  Every piece of equipment will be sanitized after each use and we will follow all guidelines for physical distancing.  Of course, it is a given that any athlete or coach exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed to attend practices, meets or any Runner2Runner gatherings for the health of all concerned.  

We care very much about each one of our runners, families, and coaches and wish you all health in the coming weeks and months.

Yours in running,

Melissa Hill

Founder and President, Runner2Runner

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And just like that, cross country is over!

November 22, 2019

We've had a busy fall at Runner2Runner!  It was all good though and we couldn't be more honored and thrilled that you shared your athlete with us for training and competition.  Along the way, I hope each runner learned about teamwork, discipline (of sport) and had some fun along the way. 

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season wherever you are and hope to see you in spring for track and field.  Or if you want to continue training, please contact us about Runner2Runner+ or for our new introductory running program, Lil' Striders.

Yours in running, 

Melissa Hill


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And Sometimes It Rains...

September 19, 2019

This week in southeast Texas, we’ve experienced heavy rainfall from tropical depression storm Imelda.  So much rain has fallen, areas are flooding and people are being rescued from roads and homes.  Needless to say, sports activities have been canceled for several days.

At Runner2Runner we strive to make each practice a special experience for your young athlete.  We believe in keeping everyone engaged, positive and safe during these workouts. So when it comes to weather, we are cautious and follow a couple of simple rules in deciding whether to call off a practice;

  1. If we practice at a school facility (typically track and field), we follow school district closure and cancelation of practice(s).
  2. Follow Accuweather and radar for updates on weather.
  3. One hour prior to practice; your head coach will email team with practice update.
  4. We will post on Facebook and Instagram if we are canceling practice.
  5. Coaches use best practices for team if caught in rain or storm (head to enclosed structure if available)

Please stay in touch with us via our Facebook page or Instagram account for updates; @runner2runner

Yours in running,

Melissa Hill

Founder and President, Runner2Runner

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What to expect this season

September 6, 2019

You’ve signed up your child for cross country, read through our FAQ page and welcome email but you may have a few more questions about Runner2Runner cross country

We are super excited to begin our season next week and hope you and your young athlete(s) feel the same!

Our philosophy is to introduce running in a  safe, positive and supportive environment to young athletes!  How do we accomplish this? First, we ask our athletes to observe three simple rules.

  1. Treat others as you like for them to treat you.
  2. Keep hands to self
  3. HAVE FUN!

Our practices are progressive and designed to build your young athlete into a runner.  We use a variety of approaches; our coaches assess their team and implement Runner2Runner designed workouts that ensure our runners progress in a safe and systematic manner.  Running workouts, strength and conditioning, nutrition, race prep, and games are all part of our fall workout plan.

We invite you to stay and observe practice!  Part of the fun of our program is seeing our young athletes improve and accomplish goals;  our parents should share in their success!

And if you want to volunteer at a practice or two, please speak to your head coach.

Wishing all a safe and fun start to cross country.

Yours in running,

Melissa Hill

Founder and President, Runner2Runner

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