Come Run with Us
Welcome to Champions Running Association! Champions Running Association (CRA) is a local area running group made up of runners in the Spring-Klein-Champions-Tomball-Cypress area. The goal of the club is to get in better shape, make new friends, and maybe, just maybe, run a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon.
We are happy to announce our details for the upcoming 2022-2023 Season.
The next season will start Saturday, July 9, 2022. The season officially ends with the conclusion of the Houston Marathon in January, but several members will still meet up to run for spring races.
Registration is open here!
Registration includes 15 RRCA certified coaches, detailed running programs, CPR trained staff with portable AED Devices/first aid kits and lots of people to run with. It will also include access to the CRA Store to purchase CRA branded running attire.
REGISTRATION FEES SCHEDULE:
Early Registration | $60
May 1 - July 10
Mid-Season Registration | $65
July 11 onwards
***PLEASE NOTE, AFTER REGISTERING, IT TAKES SEVERAL DAYS FOR YOUR REGISTRATION TO BE PROCESSED. A (VOLUNTEER) CRA COACH WILL CONTACT YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE***
We will have 5 groups to choose from (Walkers, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon).
WHAT HAPPENS IF?
We put a tremendous amount of thought and effort into the safety of our club. This is the reason that we choose start times, safe routes, have CPR trained staff and also have portable AED Devices/first aid kits at the ready.
With the current pandemic, we’ve discussed in great detail the options should it be required. Please know that we have several detailed plans and will put them in play should it be needed.
What days do you run?
Saturday is our long run. The distance depends on what group you are in and where you are at in the training program. Various runs will take place during the week as well. This will be outlined by your coaches and communicated through the private member Facebook page.
What time do you run?
This again also depends on the group you choose. It will range from 6:00am to 7:00am on the Saturday Runs and 6:00-7:00pm on Nightly runs.
Where do you run?
We run at different location throughout the year. Our season starts at the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve (20215 Chasewood Park Dr, Houston, TX 77070). We run here for a bit and then head over to Meyer park (7700 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, TX 77379). The bulk of our running is done from the YMCA at the intersection of 249/Spring-Cypress (19915 TX-249, Houston, TX 77070).
What kind of program do you follow?
The foundation of our program is the 80/20 program. This means that 80% of our runs are run at a conversational pace. The other 20% is speedwork/tempo work is done after several weeks of easy (base training) running. If you are serious about getting faster and burned out from "racing" your training partners every week then we are the club for you. Last year, most of our runners recorded a personal best in their events. Most did so by several minutes.
What group should I join?
Initially you should sign up for the group you're ready for right now. As the season progresses your fitness level will too! You'll certainly have the flexibility to move to the group that suits you best.
What races do you participate in?
Our target race is the Chevron Houston Full/Aramco Half Marathon in January. However, our members are participating in most races around town. It's great to see your teammates rally at these races. To view upcoming races, click here.
"WHAT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE TODAY WILL SOON BECOME YOUR WARM-UP"
"This group has been a huge part of
my renewed love for running"
"The 80/20 Running method is legit.
I PR'ed for the first time in 10 years"
"I thought it was crazy at first, the whole run
slower to get faster thing, but it really
worked and now I'm headed to Boston!"