YMCA has new running coach

The Fulton Family YMCA now has a national running coach in Kevin Collins. He will lead a running program at the YMCA.

This beginner/intermediate running program is designed to introduce participants to basic training concepts for optimal fitness and development. Runners will learn a simplistic time and effort-based training system format that is time-manageable, safe, effective, and transportable.

Beginners must be able to jog easy for 15 minutes. Intermediate 30 minutes.

One weekday workout provided and one weekend all-attendance long run that will encompass all current YMCA of Greater Syracuse running program participants from the North, East, Southwest and Downtown YMCA branches.

Collins has over 28 years of experience. He has trained over 700 beginner and veteran CNY runners to achieve running goals.

His running achievements include: three-time U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier, number-three marathoner in the U.S. in 2003, placed second in the U.S. Championship in 2003, placed 32nd in World championship in 2003, and number-one American finisher in the 1996 Boston Marathon.

Kinder Sports

The Fulton Family YMCA’s Youth Sports program is open to boys and girls ages 3-6 years old. Kinder Sports teaches children the fundamentals for sports.

Children will learn how to follow directions, play fairly, make friends and work as a team.  The YMCA’s instructors are trained to identify each child’s needs, to help them build strength, skill and confidence for life.

This session will go for seven weeks. There are 45 minute time slots Mondays or Fridays. Mondays from 4 to 4:45 p.m. are for ages 3-4 years. Children ages 5-6 will be from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Fridays the time slot for ages 3-4 years is 2 to 2:45 p.m. and for the 5-6 year olds from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Registration is currently taking place with the session beginning Jan. 7 through Feb. 22.

The sports taught will include but not limited to, kickball, basketball, baseball, floor hockey, lacrosse, soccer, golf, track and field and football.

There is a fee for this program. More information may be obtained by calling the YMCA at 598-9622.

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