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JOIN THE PACK

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RUN WITH THE WOLVES

Wolf Pack Run Squad is a running group created to promote safe running, structured training, build community, and foster good mental health by getting teens outdoors and having fun.

Discipline. Character. Dedication. Commitment. Integrity. Courage. Community. Strength. Endurance.

SUMMER TRAINING

The Wolf Pack Running Group is about so much more than running – it's about becoming a stronger, better version of yourself. We're all about the fun and friendships, but also inspiring positive change in your life. It's not all just crossing the finish line or collecting wins - even though that's definitely part of it - it's much, much more. The goal of The Pack is to see you become a better person all around by developing self-discipline, consistency, resilience, and strength in your life through running, fitness, and building community. Currently, Wolf Pack is open to teens ages 14-18. There are four ways to get plugged in, with affordable options for various needs: 

  • Wolf Pack Elite is a structured run training group with weekly in person training sessions.
    It is for advanced athletes, and participation is by application & invitation only.

  • Wolf Pack Personal Coaching is weekly in-person and individualized 1:1 coaching for any and all athletes.

  • Wolf Pack Remote is online personalized run coaching via Final Surge Coaching App

  • Wolf Pack Groups Runs & Events are free and open to teen runners.

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GET OUTSIDE // MOVE // HAVE FUN // BUILD CHARACTER // MAKE MEMORIES

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WHAT'S WOLF PACK ELITE? Wolf Pack Elite is a private training group created to meet the needs of high performing athletes seeking individualized and strategic run coaching. Applications for the Elite team open every 12 weeks in conjunction with a periodized cyclical approach to run training. Seasons shift focus from strength, speed, endurance, and all of the above. The goal is to create well-rounded runners ready for racing and for life.

WHAT ARE THE STANDARDS? There are no specific times set in stone to apply, but the workouts are challenging, and the group needs to be able to stay together for safety and coaching purposes. The suggested 5k standard is under 23 for females and under 20 for males, but this is flexible.

WHAT'S THE VIBE? The coaching style is positive only and positive always, no matter what. Though the team is full of serious athletes, the vibe is anything BUT serious. We consider ourselves lowkey and chill, yet still ready to throw down when it counts. We like to laugh, we like to have fun, but we still put in the work. The expectations placed on pack members are high, the workouts are rigorous, but the coaching mood remains relaxed and flexible. We get creative in our training and utilize whatever we have available to us to help create impactful training sessions, this often leads to outdoor workouts, garage workouts, park workouts, etc.

IS THIS FOR ME? If you are looking for a very professional setting, this is NOT for you. If you do not like to work hard, this is NOT for you. If you hate having fun and take life too seriously? Also NOT for you. BUT if you are willing to commit, to put in work, to learn, to give yourself grace, to forget failures, laugh at yourself, and pursue personal excellence, then by all means -- apply! Parents, if you consider yourself a worrier (we all are at times), or define yourself as more of a "helicopter parent", to put it kindly this is likely not for your child. All athletes are expected to take care of themselves, are expected to operate with autonomy and act with maturity and discretion. Athletes will be taking (safe) risks in their training, and they are not being babysat. Please note that parents are ALWAYS welcome and encouraged to sit in on training! 

If you feel this may be a good fit, please, submit an application to join 

SUPPORT RUNNING FOR TEENS 

I'M A TEEN RUNNER THAT NEEDS SUPPORT

Want to sign up, but cash is super limited? Fill out an application to receive assistance from the Wolf Pack Fund. We're partnering with companies and generous folks in our community to hook you up with training, running shoes, spikes, quality clothes, running undergarments, race entries, or other gear you might need. We want to have your back so that nothing stands in your way of you pursuing running. 

 

Hi! I'm Ash Walsh, or "Coach Ash" as many kids in the community call me.

 

My journey as a mom who is deeply passionate about running and guiding teenagers towards positive life choices has been profoundly influenced by the sport of running. I have been a competitive runner for 15 years now, but it wasn't always this way. When I was in the 10th grade, I vividly remember hearing about track tryouts. I real ly wanted to give it a try, because everytime I did a foot race as a kid, I won. I knew I was fast! However, my struggles with body image and self-esteem held me back, as I lacked the confidence to take that leap to try out. I was too intimidated to attempt it, and as a result, I missed out on a potentially life-changing opportunity! I've thought about that so many times over the years.

Shortly after deciding not to pursue track, I found myself falling in with the wrong crowd, setting off a downward spiral. I began partying, skipping school, and even turned to substances. My academic performance plummeted, and I even failed PE because I couldn't bring myself change out and run! Eventually, I reached a point where I ceased to care about anything, leading to a tumultuous period involving alcohol, meth, and a temporary dropout from high school (though I eventually returned and graduated).

Thanks to Jesus Christ and the support of countless individuals who cared about me, I managed to turn my life around as I entered adulthood. It was a lonely and arduous journey, but I persevered. I became a mother at 18, and then again at 21, and settled into a quiet life. But much like in my high school years, I began to feel a sense of boredom and lack of motivation. I recognized the need to intervene before I fell into negative patterns again. My sister stepped in and encouraged me to start working out and running. Running was initially challenging, but I stuck with it and, before I knew it, I had become quite proficient. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, I've competed in and won numerous running events, ranging from 5k races to 100-mile ultramarathons. Running has become a tremendous source of joy and purpose in my life, shaping my discipline, character, strength, and resilience. My passion for the sport led me to introduce many others to it, and I've lost count of how many people I've coached to become runners over the years. Sharing the sport with others is an incredible gift.

As I raised my own children, I recognized the importance of connecting them to a supportive community. Running and embarking on adventures became our way of bonding and spending quality time together. I made it a point to involve their friends in our adventures as well. During their childhood years, I organized campouts, hiking and fishing trips, and free trail running clubs in the summers to help kids discover the joys of the outdoors and running. As they grew older, I became involved in coaching kids in cross country, earning the nickname "Coach Mom." Besides just "MOM," "Coach Mom" has become my favorite title.

My passion lies in helping kids thrive through running and engaging in other enjoyable outdoor activities. I firmly believe that all kids can learn the sport and find a sense of community in it. Furthermore, I've observed that by providing kids with supervised fun and adventurous opportunities, we can reduce the likelihood of them turning to harmful activities. Kids need safe spaces to take risks, discover their zest for life, and grow into healthy adults, and running provides an excellent outlet for this. The character, discipline, consistency, resiliency, strength, and determination cultivated through running have a powerful impact on various aspects of life, including work, school, relationships, and self-development.

Over the years, I've "adopted" many kids and genuinely grown to love them as if they were my own. I am grateful for the opportunity to stand alongside parents and help nurture positive qualities in their children. To the parents I want to extend my heartfelt thanks for entrusting me with your kids, and to the kids, thank you for trusting me to be a positive influence in your lives. It's a gift I truly cherish and do not take lightly.

 

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