• General info

    • Team Vark 5k ($65) & Half Marathon ($75) team training will give you the support and confidence to reach your running goals! Scroll down to "About our Training Groups" for more info, and to help select the right program for you.
    • You can run with us as a guest! No need to pre-register, but we do ask that you check in and sign a waiver. Just look for a "Vark Staff" member and they'll give you the scoop!
    • Registration is required to enjoy all the benefits. Scroll down to the "Online Registration" tab for more info & registration, or stop in at the store!
    • 2022 Registration is closed.
    • You can also ask to join our Team Vark Facebook Page. Please direct all questions to teamvark@aardvarksportsshop.com, as social media posts can get lost or answered incorrectly by non-staff members.
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    • When & where
          • 2022 training starts July 16th through October 31st.  Volunteers usually carry on with Saturday runs after October 31st.  All info about that is posted on Team Vark Facebook Page.
          • Standby for 2023 training info.
          • Both 5k and Half groups meet at Aardvark every Saturday to depart for the run @ 7:30am.
          • Click here for free parking.

     

    • About our Training Groups
      • 5k Group ($65):
          • The 5k group is perfect for beginners ("Couch to 5k") or for folks chasing after their 5k PR. You'll get incredible support and running tips from our 5k Team Coach & staff!  You will receive a detailed training program that includes a 4 day a week for 15 weeks workout schedule. 
      • Half Marathon Group ($75):
          • We recommend that you comfortably finished a 10k within a year of registering for this program.  All runs are staffed to help set a pace and motivate you!  You will receive a detailed training program that includes a 5 day a week for 16 weeks workout schedule.
      • Both Groups:
          • Please scroll down to the " What you get when you register" tab for more info.  Our long runs / group workouts are on Saturdays.  We keep attendance to keep you accountable and motivated.  You are responsible for midweek training.   A more detailed training plan will be emailed to you when you register.   Wednesday night runs from the Vark at 6pm are a great addition to the team training! 
      • Questions?  More info under FAQ's.  Search "training"

     

    • Races we train for (2022)
    Please note that Aardvark does not organize these races.  All race questions should go to the company or party holding the race.
          • 5k training for Run the Valley 5k Oct, 22nd.
          • Half training for D&L Half Marathon Nov. 6th.
          • Race registration is not included in the Team Vark training. You will have to register separately.
          • Not running those races, but still want to join? No problem! You can run whatever race you want and still get all the great perks and camaraderie of the Team Vark group.

     

    Please note:  Attending Wednesday night runs does not make you an official Team Vark member. Team Vark members register for specific training, and receive exclusive benefits.

     

    Please email teamvark@aardvarksportsshop.com if you have any questions!

     

  • What you get when you register for Team Vark

    • Enjoy 10% off all regular priced items once you register until November 6th, 2022. In store purchases only. Non transferable.
    • $25 Aardvark Gift Card.
    • Team Vark membership & attendance card.
    • A registration shirt.
    • The coveted Team Vark Finisher shirt. *Earn this shirt by attending 10 out of 16 weeks*.
    • Weekly Team Vark News that includes routes, training plans, and other fun info.
    • Exclusive discounts.
    • A chance to get random free stuff. (food samples, shoes, sunglasses, etc..)
    • Exclusive Team Vark events.
    • Legendary Team Vark support!!
    • More details when you register.
    • Scroll down to the "Online Registration" tab for more info & registration, or stop in at the store! 2022 Registration is closed

     

    Please note:  Shirts and gift certificates are in store pick up only.

    We will email you more details when you register.  Please email teamvark@aardvarksportsshop.com if you have any questions.

  • Online Registration

    2022 Registration is closed.

    Please email teamvark@aardvarksportsshop.com if you have any questions.

    - Half Marathon Program – $75

    - 5K Program – $65

    You can also register at the store! 😎

    What you get when you register:

    • Enjoy 10% off all regular priced items once you register until November 6th, 2022. In store purchases only. Non transferable.
    • $25 Aardvark Gift Card.
    • Team Vark membership & attendance card.
    • A registration shirt.
    • The coveted Team Vark Finisher shirt. *Earn this shirt by attending 10 out of 16 weeks*.
    • Weekly Team Vark News that includes routes, training plans, and other fun info.
    • Exclusive discounts.
    • A chance to get random free stuff. (food samples, shoes, sunglasses, etc..)
    • Exclusive Team Vark events.
    • Legendary Team Vark support!!
    • More details when you register.

    Please note: Shirts and gift certificates are in store pick up only.

    We will email you more details when you register. Please email teamvark@aardvarksportsshop.com if you have any questions.

  • Weekly Group Run Distance

    We meet at Aardvark every Saturday and depart for the run at 7:30am. Printed route directions will be available for guests before the run. Registered members receive the route a couple days before the run.

    Half Training:

    • Week 13 - 14 miles
    • Week 14 - 12 miles
    • Week 15 - 10 miles
    • Week 16 - 6 miles

     

    5k Training:

    • 5k training uses a timed training program.

     

  • FAQ's / More info

    Emails:

    • Why didn't I get a weekly Team Vark email?
    • Why didn't I get a welcome email?

    Please email teamvark@aardvarksportsshop.com <--- preferred - please email us from the email you want us to use), call us @ 610-866-8300, or stop in the store if you are not getting emails.

    Reason why you're not getting the emails:

    • Our email could be in your spam / promotion folders. You have to sort that out on your end.
    • You unsubscribed to other Aardvark emails. We can take care of that on our end.
    • We have the wrong email on file. We take care of that.
    • You did not register for Team Vark.
    • Gremlins are in the system. We'll do our best to get rid of them!

     

     Where do I park?

     

     What if I'm not running the same races that Team Vark is training for?

    • That's no problem!  You can still join the runs and enjoy all the membership benefits.  You will have to adjust your own training plan.  

     

     What if I can't follow the mid week training plan?

    • There is no "one size fits all training plan".  You do not have to follow ours!  You can add or subtract days as you see fit.  Listen to your body!  There are a lot of great books and training plans out there.  Play around and see what's right for you.  Remember we are here to help!!  Ask one of the staff or email teamvark@aardvarksportsshop.com

     

    Do I have to have running experience to join this group?

    • We welcome all paces and experience levels!  Our 5k program is best for beginners.  We recommend that you comfortably completed a 10k within a year before registering for the Half training.

     

    What if I can't attend the Saturday team training runs?

    • We want everyone to succeed as a team!  We hope that you will be able to make as many runs as possible.  If you miss a Saturday, you can do the run on your own, then fill out the absent attendance form that can be found in your weekly emails.  Since you're not in person, we encourage you to be a part of the community by posting your run on Team Vark social media.  The more Aardvark gear you're wearing, the better! 😎
    • Remember, you have to attend 10 out of 16 weeks to earn the coveted Team Vark Finisher shirt! 
    • Live out of town, but want to join?  Email teamvark@aardvarksportsshop.com

     

    Can you mail my shirts and/or gift certificate?

    • We do not mail out the shirts or gift certificates.  But you can have a friend pick them up!  Please email teamvark@aardvarksportsshop.com if you have any questions.

     

    Why do the runs start so early?

    • Less traffic = safer.
    • Beat the heat.
    • Race days usually starts early in the morning.  This will condition your body to run early in the morning.

Team Vark

Amateur Runners. Professional Fun.

We offer camaraderie, motivation, training programs, and good times! Team Vark is an amazing community with all paces, ages, and experience levels. Whether your goal is to finish your first 5k, run your 10th Ultra, or just meet some great people, Team Vark is the group for you!

Come join us, road or trail, and see what we're all about!!

Contents / Tabs

  • - General info
  • - What you get when you register
  • - Online registration
  • - Weekly group run distance
  • - FAQ's / More info
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