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Posted by Michael Collins at Nov 15, 2012 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )


2013 Program will be limited to 120 athletes. (60 K-3rd Grade, & 60 4th-6th graders)

$75 - Cost of the running program for the 14 weeks of training. (Jan 17-May 4, 2013) Registration must be done through ACE at this link: 

(NOTE: Families with financial difficulties can apply for a fee modification, as we do not want the program fees to prevent participation.)


* Once a week training session after school
* Coaching at team race events (approximately one per month)
* A short sleeve technical running shirt that should be worn to training sessions and to races. 
* Special prizes and treats given out to runners at practices and races. 
* Discounts to enter races as well as from athletic stores to buy running apparel and equipment.

NOTE: Participation in races is an extra fee and is not mandatory. 


At least one parent is required to attend the Program Information Meeting so they fully understand the goals of the program and family requirements.

Parents of children 6 and under must attend all practices to help supervise their children.

Parents of older age participants are asked to volunteer at 2 or more practices or team races.


Runners are expected to wear lightweight running shoes for all training sessions and races. Check the Suggested Running Shoes Link on the website for ideas on shoes to get at a descent price). 

Runners should also wear the team t-shirt and black shorts (any brand) to practices and to races. We encourage running club members to wear their shirts to school on run club days to promote the program. If it is cold out we suggest wearing a Black long sleeve form fitting lycra shirt under the team T-shirt (like a long sleeve rash guard). Black tights may also be worn instead of shorts in cold weather. Runners should also have heavier jackets and clothing to wear before and after races if it is cold or wet weather.

Regular school clothes including jeans, skirts, and dresses are not appropriate for practices.

 We encourage runners wear their Team T-shirt to school on running days and bring their shorts and running shoes in a small backpack or bag to change into immediately after school if they don't want to wear them all day.


Immediately after school runners should change into their running uniform, go to the restroom if needed, and get a drink of water, then report to the check-in area at the lunch benches.

K-3rd Grade should be dressed and checked in by 2:30pm. Practice will end at 3:15pm

4th-6th Graders should be dresses and checked in by 3pm. Practice will end at 4:00pm

If your child will not be attending practice due to illness or some other conflict, please send a text or email to the program coordinator letting them know your child will not be able to attend. Please include the full name of the student and the date they will not be there.

The program is designed to be a progression, must like with topics in school, so if kids miss many sessions they will fall behind and not understand some of the technique progressions and exercises. 

Parents should arrive by the end of practice to checkout their children unless they have turned in the release form allowing their kids to walk home or leave with other specified people. 

 If the weather may be very bad due to rain or other extreme conditions practice may be canceled. If there is a threat of bad weather please check your email and phone messages or text to see if it was canceled. Whenever, possible we still hold practice. 


We will post the team event calendar well in advance and send out notices for details on entering. It is parents’ responsibility to enter their runners - not the coaches or program administrators.

On race days athetes should check-in at the team area one hour before the start of their race (EZ-Ups with Alderwood Owls Running Club Banners).  This will give adequate time to do course review, warm-up, pin numbers on, and visit the restroom. Parents, please comply to this policy and don't get your runners there late.



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Posted by Michael Collins at Nov 8, 2012 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

         The Alderwood Owls Running Club is a training and racing program designed to teach a healthy and active lifestyle - including regular exercise, good nutrition habits, and the positive aspects of healthy competition. The club participates in the KROC Program (Kids Run Orange County) The Alderwood Owls Running Club incorporates the Aldererwood Elementry School values while we train and work as a team:                      

Own your actions
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The club meets for training sessions once a week after school and last 45 min to 1:15 depending on the age of the athletes. Practices include warm-up exercises, stretches, core strength work, and running technique and conditioning. The practices are often run in "game style format" which makes the training more enjoyable.

Club athletes are encouraged to do 1-2 race events a month, and there are also some special guest speakers and clinic opportunities.

The training program goes from Mid-January to early May with the final event being the KROC  Kids Marathon (mile) done on the last mile of the OC Marathon course the day before the actual marathon event. Each athlete that completes the porgram and the KROC Mile receive and official finishers medal from the marathon for completing their 26 miles.

 The goal is for each runner to complete a MINIMUM of 26.2 miles during the program and participate in 3 or more organized races. Ideally, we would like all particpants to run 50+ total miles over the 16 weeks and do one or more races a month.

The program is led by top level volunteer coaches and parent volunteers who team and motivate the athletes to achieve their own "personal excellence". Lead Coaches are Noelle Dardin, Renaissance Team ClubSport Head Coach, and Michael Collins, Coach of Multisports Orange County and a level 4 certified Pose Method of Running instructor.

Volunteer parent assistant coaches and volunteers are need for the program to run smoothly. It is not necessary to have run coaching background to assist with the program as several duties involve non-coaching activities like course monitors, recording times, taking photos or videos etc.

More specifics of the program, results, and photos are available in the Private Alderwood Run Club Website Hosted By Shutterfly that athletes and parents are given login access to once they are registered in the program. 

Please review the links below for more specifics on the program:

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Posted by Michael Collins at Nov 8, 2012 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

Running Club Director - Valerie LaLonde

Coaching Director - Michael Collins (Click for bio)

Upper Grades (4th-6th) Coach - Linda Gleason

Upper Grades Assistant Coach - TBA

Lower Grades (K-3rd)  Coach - Valerie LaLonde

Lower Grades Assitant Coach - TBA

Volunteer Coordinator - Kirsten Maeda 

Team Apparel & Equipment Coordinator - TBA


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Posted by Michael Collins at Nov 8, 2012 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )


2012-2013 Special Events & Race Schedule

Please use the links below to register for these team events ASAP. Many of the events will FILL UP or have significant price increases.

Tue Nov 27    Discussion of Alderwood Running Club at PTA Meeting. 8:30am

Wed Dec 12    Running Program Info Meeting & Registration. 2:20pm at Alderwood (Room P3)

Sat Dec 15      Santa Run 5 or 10K & 1/2 Mile Kids Run

Sat Jan 12  Socal Half Marathon, 5K, and Kids Run (1 Mile at 10am) 

Mon Jan 14 Running Shoes & Equipment Discount Night at RoadRunner Sports, Laguna Hills

Sun Jan 26       Coaches Training for OC Kids Ru College Park Elementary,  8am-1pm 

Sun Feb 10     Zot Trot Triathlon (UC Irvine). Reverse Triathlon or Duathlon (Run-Bike-Run)

Sat Feb 23 Race on the Base (Los Alamitos) Reverse Triathlon & Kid's 1k run

Sun Mar 10   Coaster Run at Knott’s  (1k Kids run)

Sat April 6 Rennegade Off-Road Tri, 5K, & Kids Duathlon, San Dimas

Sat May 4     Kids Run Orange County (KROC) 1 Mile run

Sat May 11 The Color Run OC, Irvine Great Park


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Posted by Michael Collins at May 5, 2010 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Coach Michael Collins  is bringing back organized swimming practices for adults to the Ladera Ranch Oak Knoll Club House Pool beginning Monday May 10, 2010.  

“I am really excited about coaching in this beautiful community,” Coach Collins said. “I have experience coaching all ages and look forward to the challenge of working with novice beginners, triathletes of all abilities, and challenging experienced competitive swimmers as well.” 

There will be 10 practice opportunities per week to start with more being added as membership numbers increase.

Monday & Wednesday – 7pm-8pm
Tuesday & Thursdays – 6am-7am
Saturdays – 8-9:30am
Also available to Ladera Masters Swimmers:
day-Friday – 9:00am-10:00am at JSerra High School
(just 10 minutes away at the 5 Fwy  & Junipero Serra Exit)

$75/month or $150/Quarter. Register Online HERE

Swimmers must also get a US Masters Swimming Card for insurance. REGISTER HERE