CENTRAL FLORIDA—February 5, 2017… The 2017 Central Florida Youth Running and Conditioning Program is underway in the new year and it continues to expand on unique programming and fun training methods for youth!
A 2017 TRAINING HIGHLIGHT
Here are just FOUR of the many reasons youth are excited to join this program:
Alicia Weber keeps adding more to the record books as she cemented herself as the most decorated beach runner after becoming the second place female (16th overall out of 1,000 competitors) in the May 1, 2016, USA 10K Beach Running Championships in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Over the the course of five years (competing 5 times), Weber set the 10k course record twice (and won the championship in 2011, 2012, 2015, took third in 2013, and now second in 2016). The Championship draws runners all over the state of Florida, other US states, and countries including Europe and Brazil.
2016 brought the most competitors and most challenging conditions. Beach Running was also a female dominated sport where 80 percent of the competitors were women. The race started in 15 knot ESE winds where runners battled their way to the turn-around-point. It was also high tide, so the sand was softer and humidity was 72 percent with sun blazing in the 80s. Weber dominated the race as she came thru the first mile in 6:42 and led the first 5,200 meters. Then, she was overtaken by former Division 1 Belmont Bruin Hall of Fame and Stand Out distance runner, Keely Corlew. Weber held her second position for the remaining miles and finished as the second place overall woman. First-Time beach runner, Corlew, won the 2016 championship.
“This was great competition and another awesome race,” exclaimed Weber.
Weber’s “Barrier Breaker” theme for her youth running camps is about inspiring youth through brain training and increasing speed and endurance thru running with fun and games. Weber is a highly regarded motivational speaker where she guided youth to dream big and set goals and go after them at previous USA Triathlon camps where she had record attendance (68 kids). She then elevated the collegiate scene at UF track and triathlon programs (where in 2002 she helped motivate the UF women’s Indoor Track Team to a third in the Nation at NCAA AND 1st in SEC thru pre-meet talks. She served as an entertainer at Triathlon National Championships in 2002, 2005, and 2006).
Weber is enthused to bring her “barrier breaker training techniques” in combination with fun and games to achieve faster times and then let runners test themselves in a free race she will also offer. Contact Alicia to enroll in her Barrier Breaker Running Camp today at Awinningway@gmail.com
As an elite athlete and fitness professional, I achieved my greatest successes to date in 2015 and I look forward to 2016 and helping others exceed their goals!
Professionally, my career highlight came when I worked with Olympic and World Champion sprinters on their quest to make the 2015 World Championships, Pan Am Games, and World Relays Track and Field Teams. The athletes I worked with on P360 Pro Track Team earned many medals at these championships. I was the team licensed massage therapist and stretching coach.
As a world record holder, I set the most strength and endurance world records ever in one year – 220!! My previous best was 205 records in 2012. I am the world’s most prolific physical fitness world record holder. I realized in December that I had the chance to exceed 205 records and I aimed for 210.
I opened the new category – 30 Minute consecutive Spiderman Pushups at Recordsetter where I completed 511 reps on December 29.
On Christmas, I broke two challenging one arm pushup records (one of which took 5 attempts before re-setting it).
On the last day of the year, I attempted to reclaim my 3 minute arms held out deep squat record (which an ultra athlete Frenchman currently holds), but I fell short. However, I kept going to open some new categories. At the strike of midnight, I was overjoyed when I saw the realization that I exceeded my goal and set 220 records in one year!!
As an athlete, I finally won my first SUP race of my career in my 7th race! I took over 20 minutes off my 3 mile time and finished in 35 minutes in the intracoastal waterways of Englewood, Florida. I won my 3rd Beach Running Championship title in May and I became the only male or female to win the championship three times. I competed in three sports in 2015 (beach running (off terrain running), SUP racing, and fitness challenge events).
Welcoming 2016, I look forward to the kids, adults, and seniors joining my archery fitness league, athletic camps, and clinics. I look forward to working with my new students in learning to stand up paddle board. I am looking forward to covering a lot of unique stories on this website in 2016 and offering innovative advertising and marketing services to those interested.
Harvest Fest Vendors and Participants as well as Runners Had an Extra Special Halloween in 2015
Clermont’s Harvest Festival was hugely successful for vendors and participants as Halloween was a big hit for local cross country runners.
The goal of the Harvest Fest was to bring business to the whole area and new people in from far away. Highly motivated visionaries and Downtown Clermont Board members, Erika Shanoff and Bill Carter, quickly came up with the Harvest Fest idea and made it happen.
Vendors came as far away as Marietta, Georgia. Others traveled from Micanopy and Merritt Island to be here and they plan to return.
“We want to make it an annual event,” said the smiling Shanoff who is the owner of Erika’s Tea Room and Gifts and a creator of monthly innovative events within her business.
Shanoff has monthly Bookin’ and Cookin’ Club meetings with over 70 varieties of tea from all over the world where they serve lunch every day except Monday.
During the Harvest Fest, people of all ages strolled down Montrose Street in their best costumes looking around to see what caught their eye like vendors like Kats Kreations Lucky Bamboo, Scentsy, and Homemade soaps. Halloweeners enjoyed learning of new vendors like Florida Totalcom.
“We had a lot of folks who are curious about our internet service. No one has heard of us before, so this was a great event for us,” said a rep with Florida Totalcom who traveled from Marion County.
The activities surrounding the Harvest Fest stirred a lot of spooks and interest well into late night. The Historical Village became a Haunted Village where the first teachers came back to life in Clermont’s very small, first-ever classroom.
Sommersports put on the 5k Nightmare on the Clermont Trails where runners ran at 7pm through spook stations on the trail with the race ending in the Harvest Fest. A giant spider and black cat hovered over runners as they crossed the finish line in front of a crowd of excited spectators.
Demetri Mancini, a sophomore on the South Lake Eagles cross country team, crossed the line first.
“I loved it. It was really fun and relatively easy, since it was a flat course,” exclaimed Mancini as he received his first place finisher’s medal.
Clermont’s Real Life Christian Academy cross country star, Cadi Rowe, was the second place female to cross the line.
With the cross country season coming to a close, runners took advantage of the unique races.
Alicia Weber was the only runner from South Lake to compete in the Zombie 5k Beach Run on New Smyrna Beach where she took first place female overall and survived the zombies.
The race was to be very different and difficult where runners could earn “I survived” shirts if they escaped from the 3-5 Zombies set every quarter mile along the beach. They would chase you and if tagged, then you don’t survive.
Deland high school boys cross country team dominated the top spots, but they agreed it was very tiring as some did not survive the Zombies. “The times were much slower as you are running conservatively and then sprinting fast and zig zagging off course to escape fast moving Zombies,” mentioned Dylan Beck, AJ Williams, and Tyler Rollins.
“The race was built in interval training and I loved it,” added Jennifer Alonso who ran the race for the first time and plans to do some hilly Clermont races.
“I was drafting behind Alicia and when she took on the Zombies and got off course, I got ahead of her and beat her by two seconds,” said Dan Finnane who finished 7th overall in the Beach 5k.
Between the Clermont and New Smyrna uniquely themed Halloween races in conjunction with the Harvest Fest, cross country runners were on Cloud 9 and they had extra special Halloween. At least, Alicia Weber did.
“This is definitely my most exciting Halloween ever and the first time I competed on Halloween. My race victory, new friends, and fun at Harvest Fest make it the best Halloween for me,” exclaimed Weber.
Lake County Florida’s Alicia Weber crossed the line first for women and 7th overall in a field of 800 runners at the USA 10k Beach Running Championships on May 10, 2015, in Cocoa Beach, Florida. She is the first runner to win the championship three times. She relished the win as she prepares for her one-of-a-kind youth running camps to be held in Clermont this summer – she has the only top-notch youth running camps in Lake County Florida.
“All levels of youth runners will get top-notch training experiences with gait analysis, preventative injury techniques, stretching/flexibility, sports specific exercises, and nutrition. This camp is beyond just running and it develops an athlete for the long-haul in sports with a winning attitude,” said Alicia Weber, an elite athlete of 23 years with 102 career victories and a slew of world records.
“Alicia is not only a great runner, but also a great motivational trainer for youth to adults to seniors. I encourage parents to have their children attend one of Alicia’s upcoming running camps for the positive motivational physical and mental training Alicia gives. I can attest to this as I have been training under her for three years and compete in Senior Games and I will be 85 this year,” exclaimed Cherie Oney, Top Nationally-ranked sprinter for her age category.
Orlando’s Rickie Alcime won the 10k overall in a new course record time of 36:47.3. He comes to Clermont to train on the hills and he’s looking forward to participating in Sommer Sports Cool Summer Mornings 5k Series this summer.
“Anybody can run. I look out here and it’s Mother’s Day and many kids are out there running with their moms,” said Alcime.
According to race director, Mitch Varnes, participants were 77% female with 1,272 entrants total in the half-marathon and 10k combined from 23 states and four countries.
Alcime got into running 7 years ago with the dream to run a marathon. He completed five marathons and this was his first beach run. His enthusiasm for running has carried him to Fit2Run at the Florida Mall where he is a shoe salesman.
“Everybody has their own goals and that is what I like about running. There are different levels and types of running to choose from like beach running, track running, road running, and trail running. So you can do it for all reasons,” mentioned Alcime.
In beach running, runners run on a slant the whole time in wet or mushy sand, so it has an emphasis on hips and Achilles. The foot has longer ground contact time for each step.
“Two weeks ago was my birthday and my whole family came out to run on the track with me. That meant a lot and now I have them hooked on running,” added Alcime, also a running motivator.
Many studies have shown running elevates mood, improves sleep quality and concentration, builds bone density, defeats age-related mental decline, increases memory, boosts organizational skills and overall brain function, and enhances lung capacity and overall health. Taking up running just for the health benefits alone is a step in the right direction.
“’You Can Do It’ is the motto of the positive message for the physical and mental accomplishments you learn from Alicia Weber,” remarked Oney.
Alicia Weber knows how to get results. She holds the most world records in strength, speed, endurance, and archery and she is an elite athlete in 17 sports. Weber just captured her 87th career victory at the NTC Ultimate Series Cross Country Championship as she guided first time cross country runners.
Trainees described Alicia’s archery fitness training as “so much fun, but yet getting so many overall fitness results.”
Alicia Weber trained a mother and son in competitive archery and fitness focusing on running endurance.
She teaches the same techniques, which make her a champion.
Weber exclaimed, “I train with all my clients…run beside them, exercise with them, all while motivating them to be their best.”
Weber knocked off nearly a minute off her 4k time to win overall for women and take 7th overall in 15:57. Her trainees finished together in sub-29 for their first ever 4k cross country.
They exclaimed, “This is addicting. We love it. We look forward to more training and racing.”
LAS VEGAS, NV, November 21-22, 2012 — On the Eve of Thanksgivng, the former Florida Gator Athlete, Alicia Weber, kicked off her Thanksgiving in Gator-Style! Alicia attacked a physical challenge that she was building up for over the past few weeks, but never attempted before. It was the all out consecutive 100m Plyometric Alligator Pushup for fastest time! She must keep her feet together with her legs straight for the entire duration and begin the exercise with a hop then one arm stretching out with other arm in close (like an alligator) and perform a pushup. She must repeat this as necessary until getting over the finish line! She completed 185 of these extreme consecutive pushups covering the 100m in 12:10. Alicia exclaimed, “Out of my 200 Recordsetter Exercise World Records set this year, this ranks as one of the toughest!”
Alicia’s 100m Alligator Plyometric Pushups for Fastest Time on 11/21/12
The following morning – Thanksgivng morning, Team Weber jumped into the Catch the Gobbler 5k for a fun run to earn their Turkey! Alicia Weber, Kimberly Weber, and Jim Weber chased those turkeys and as a family and they would have tied for 2nd place based on most family members earning awards in their age divisions. Alicia took 2nd place in her division, while Jim took 3rd place in his division. The Gronauer family had 2 earn division awards as well, but no one could catch the Holiday family, which took the Turkey with 8 family members earning awards in their age divisions. It was a fun race for families and friends to kick off Thanksgiving in an exciting 5k race!
Alicia exclaimed, “My sister and dad were just going to do this race and I jumped in to make it a family run. I was still healing from a bad blister from running on a slant for half the run in my Beach Running World Championship, which I won several weeks ago. Although I am still healing my blister, I decided to do this race anyways, but just for fun at a casual pace. This is our first race as a family and it was nice!”
COCOA BEACH, FL—Nov. 19, 2011 The inaugural Beach Running World Championships kicked off for the first time in 2011! Cocoa Beach has been named for the Beach Running World Championships and will host the annual event. The world championships have two championship races that are run on the beautiful Cocoa Beach – the 10k and half-marathon. Alicia Weber competed in the 10k beach run and won the World Championship!
Alicia Weber’s World Championship Win and Interview
Alicia Weber was a 10, 000 meter track runner who was an All American, while still in high school. She was 3rd in the nation, while in high school and was hoping to go to the World Championships in the 10k, but that was not an event offered for juniors (runners under age 20) in the world championships with USA Track and Field. Thirteen years later, Alicia’s dream to become the 10K World Champion has come true! Alicia was a track and field runner for 12 years and then turned to other types of challenging running events. Alicia now prefers off terrain to any other type of running. Alicia loves the challenge and toughness with running on the beach and is thrilled to be the 10k World Champion in this inaugural world championship event!
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CLERMONT, FL (May 28, 2011)— After a stormy night the second race of 1st ever NTC Cross Country Series took place at 8am in Clermont, Florida at the National Training Center. Alicia Weber is very excited that the NTC started a cross country series in 2011.
Alicia says, “I have been wanting cross country in Clermont. I love running challenging terrain with rolling hills and the NTC has got it! If you want to run a fun and challenging course count this one in!”
Alicia Weber is a letter winning track and cross country runner who ran for the University of Florida. Alicia would rate the NTC cross country course in her list of most challenging courses.
1.) Coach Deltoid: So you ran your first race in 10 years. What rekindled your flame to race again?
1.) Senior Runner: I got some new friends that do races and I thought I would jump in my new age group and see what happens.
2.) Coach Deltoid: A year ago a big decision needed to be made to get a surgery or not get a surgery. Tell us about that..
2.) Senior Runner: I had a Grade 2 Rectus Femoris M. partial tear. I chose NOT to get surgery. I decided to work under the tutelage of Alica Weber, where I was given a series of exercises to expand my range of motion in my knee joint and undergo light low impact strengthening. It was the best decision to make and I am back up and running!
3.) Coach Deltoid: Could you imagine yourself in ’09 (when the injury took place) ever running again?
3.) Senior Runner: No, it was questionable that I would even be able to run.
4.) Coach Deltoid: Which exercises that Alicia gave you helped you most?
4.) Senior Runner: Gliding Disc flexibility training definitely helped, but it was a combination of many exercises and using Skecher Shoes and using Ultra-Sound before exercise. The real test was being able to run, which I passed in Feb 2010 when I ran a 200m on grass in 50 seconds.
5.) Coach Deltoid: Once you knew you could run again, what was your next challenge?
5.) Senior Runner: I wanted to run a 400m on the track and I completed it in 1:40. I just decided to jump into a 5k race for the first time “cold turkey”. I ran the whole time and finished in 32:30 for 3rd place in my 60-65 age group. So, I am running with the Big Turkeys now! So the success spurred me on for the next race where I lowered my time to 29 minutes! I hope to do one 5k race every month now!
5.) Senior Runner: From Rehab not being able to run to Running and Winning
6.) Coach Deltoid: What kinds of recommendations do you give for a person with Grade 2 Rectus Femoris M. partial tear or to one with a similar knee problem?
6.) Senior Runner: I would highly recommend getting a pair of Skecher Shoes. If you are older with muscle imbalances and in need of ankle strengthening, they will help with all of it. They will help with strengthening the ankles and ligaments in the knees in a way that you can’t get elsewhere. You are sure-footed with them! I run and train in my Skechers Men’s Shape Ups Lace-Up,Black,8.5 M