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New Energy is an informal youth group training together to improve their times in road races as well as their performance in track and field and cross-country events sanctioned by the USA Track and Field (USATF) and AAU. Motivations vary from those who simply enjoy running, to those who are goal oriented and recognize the need to train in order to perform well in races. With its group approach to running practices, New Energy provides a fun, sociable forum for running preparation and development.

New Energy welcomes all youth runners, ages 6-16, regardless of ability. Practices are informal, and participants are encouraged to attend as many as possible. Runners must have a good pair of running shoes to avoid injuries. Uniforms, Warm ups and other gear can be purchased, but are optional. Membership in the Tidewater Striders is required by the third practice in order to participate in sessions and compete on a team basis in Track and Relay teams. The cost is $12.00 per year or $18.00 for two years. The Team participates in road races held in the Tidewater area, which are part of the Youth Grand Prix 1-mile series and are sponsored by local organizations such as school PTAs. Check race flyers for specific information by visiting . A New Energy Team race schedule will be part of the program and can be found under “Youth Programs” on our Web Site.

Coaching is provided by volunteers who are Tidewater Striders members. Again this year, Steve Sheppard and Amber Garwood will provide leadership for our program. Other running enthusiasts/parents will also assist.

New Energy provides youth runners and their families an enriching environment which can be a building block to the youth runners’ future. In the past, New Energy runners attended National Cross Country and Track and Field Championships around the Country. Many previous New Energy runners are currently participating with high school and college teams where they have excelled in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field with All State and National recognition. New Energy has produced numerous All-American medalists, State Champs and one National Champion in Cross Country.

New Energy Team Training Sites

Virginia Beach Training Site:  Starts September 12th, 2023   – Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Meet at Mt. Trashmore next to the skate park.  
Lead site Coach: John Wills –

Chesapeake Training Site: Starts September 12th, 2023 – Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30–6:30pm.. Meet at Chesapeake City Park at the cabana opposite the skate park.
Lead Site Coach: Frank Scaringello –

Norfolk Training Site: Starts September 14th, 2023 – Thursdays  5:30 – 6:30 pm..  Meet at Lakewood Park in the first parking lot on the left after passing the Park Office.
Lead Site Coach: Dave McDonald –

Suffolk Training Site:  Starts September 11th, 2023 – Mondays & Thursdays  from 5:30-6:30 pm.  Meet at Sleepy Hole Park, near the Playground/Picnic Area.  
Lead Site Coach: Kari Tallent –

P.O.W.E.R Training Site: Starts September 12th, 2023 – Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Meets at Mt. Trashmore near Kids Cove opposite the skate park.
Lead Site Coach: Amber Garwood
P.O.W.E.R. (Program Of Wonderfully Exceptional Runners) is an outreach running program designed especially for children with exceptional needs.


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