The Purpose

Our goal is to positively impact the health of our community's youth and the future of young athletes through running.  Challenging exercise is made fun at Crazy Running, and through the discipline of running, young athletes learn the importance of goal setting, mental toughness, determination and perseverance.  Our programs are based around structured, time and kid-tested curriculum developed by a USA Track and Field certified coach.  Within each curriculum, we strive to develop endurance, strength, speed and flexibility with unique elements of traditional workouts and the incorporation of play, which makes it fun for kids!

Our coaches are there every step of the way to guide your kids, help them learn and grow as athletes. They are there to challenge them to meet their goals, and to encourage them to always keep going. 

We offer programing to athletes ages 8 – 14. We also offer Junior Crazy Running programs for 5 – 7 year olds. Our programs typically span 8 weeks, and we offer a variety of different training opportunities. Kids can choose to train with us year round.   Fall 5k Training, Winter Conditioning, Spring Crazy K'z Training, Summer Track & Field, and Summer Speedsters.

Outside of group training, we guide many athletes on an individualized basis. We work with many middle school and high school athletes that are serious about taking their running to the next level!  An individual plan provides athletes increased knowledge and guidance to achieve their goals. We can work with athletes to develop personalized training plans and offer specific advice tailored to individual needs.


Robyn Holland

Robyn Land McElwee
 Robyn is the founder and creator of Crazy Running. It all began in her backyard with her own children, some cones and a dream. Now, her running influence reaches nearly a thousand kids a year, and she has coached many high school runners to Division 1 scholarships. When in high school herself, Robyn was a 4-time Western Regional champion, 2-time NC State XC Champion & 2-mile State Champion. In college she specialized in the 5000 and 10,000-meters at Virginia Tech. Don't let her 25 years of running experience and competitive racing scare you. Robyn has a conservative approach to training our youth. She is a USATF certified coach and co-authored My Trainer Fitness for Kids. If you are looking for someone to teach your children to become better runners, there is no better choice.



Donnie Cowart

Donnie Cowart
 Donnie, a native of Rustburg, VA, is a 2009 graduate of VMI, where he holds the school record in the indoor mile and the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Competing in both cross-country and track, Cowart capped his career at VMI with his 8:44.66 and Division I All-American finish in the steeplechase at the 2009 NCAA Championships.  Since graduation, Donnie has made three USATF Outdoor Championship Finals and the 2012 Olympic Trials Final where he finished 4th. Recently Donnie broke the 4-minute mile barrier running 3:58.43 for a full mile on the track.


Crazy Running in your school?

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