Peak Performance Running is a year-round USATF affiliated running program based in Golden, Colorado. We believe that the running season isn’t confined to just Track and Cross Country seasons. We also believe in pursuing other aspects of the sport that include mountain running, trail running, and snow shoe racing.
We hold practices primarily on trails to keep the impact factor low and the fun factor high! We utilize local trails for training all across the Denver, Golden, Lakewood area. We can be found flying down the switchbacks on South Table or flying up Mt. Falcon.
We have broken our program up into segments to allow athletes of all levels to have a home that best fits there abilities and allows them the freedom to grow without getting run down or over trained. We run our development program 3 days a week, and our competitive program 4 days a week with an optional 5th day for long runs. You can find our schedule on our Team Snap page as a member.
The High School team is designed to fill the gap between seasons for incoming freshman and upperclassmen who are looking to take their skills to the next level. This program is focused on sharpening skills, building mileage, advanced tactics, and mental strategy.
This program has a summer mileage requirement and also has an accompanying strength training program that is High School only. This program is designed to build high performance high school athletes looking to perform at the top and meet recruitment standards for D1, D2, and D3 schools. The coaching staff in contact is split between Coach Katie and Coach Andrew.
The Competitive Team is the 2nd tier team for Peak Performance Running’s Middle and High School athletes. This is a team for athletes that are sharpening skills and are priming for future competition. These athletes are focusing on skill development, form, and refining their skills.
This team has a time requirement to meet the competitive team standard. To advance out, you need to age out or have a race or test performance that meets the high school team standard. The competitive team is designed to give kids a path towards their best performances, break through barriers, and set new PR’s. The coaching staff in contact is split between Coach Katie and Coach Andrew.
The Development Team is designed to introduce new runners to running. The Development team at Peak Performance Running is designed to give athletes the tools they need to run efficiently, and without pain. This program has a major focus on fun, putting running in a format that allows the athlete to associate running with excitement, exploration, and positivity.
Athletes are always encouraged to push themselves and beat yesterday with the goal of advancing upward in the program. To advance out of the development team, athletes need have a race or test performance that meets the competitive team standard. The coaching staff in contact is split between Coach Katie and Coach Nancy
The Strength and Conditioning Program is offered for Competitive Team & High School athletes. These programs are lead by CSCS certified coach Katie Whidden. She has kept the Peak Performance Running Team injury free and built some of the strongest athletes in the Colorado running scene!
The youngest athletes rarely use weight until they hit 13 years of age (age is a number, every athlete is assessed individually), at which point they are given the opportunity to add weight and take on more comprehensive movements. The High School program takes a stronger focus on integrating standard lifts and some light Olympic lifts. The focus is on function and form not moving the most weight in a single movement or session.
We often have a number of local talents come and visit our program. This can be athletes, trainers, massage therapists, or an expedition. We will occasionally take the show on the road and go to iconic running hot spots, climb a 14er, or get together for a team party! We are all about having fun, learning, and growing!
Come join us and learn more about what we do here!