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Recreational Running OVERVIEW

In addition to the Track & Field Athletic Coach Accreditation framework Athletics Australia has designed coaching courses for people training runners for fun runs, half marathons, marathons and ultra marathons. This course is particularly useful for personal trainers who are looking to move into the endurance and long run training space.


Level 1 Recreational Running Leader

The Level 1 Recreational Run Leader Course introduces how to lead a recreational run group under the guidance of a Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach or higher. In the course, participants learn the fundamental skills of running and how to design warm up and cool down components of a session. 

Topics include the introduction to training runners, encouraging long-term participation, design a warm-up and cool down, fundamental skills or running, training elements and how to successfully lead run groups.  


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Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach

This course trains coaches to develop the fundamental technical and strategic skills for runners training for 5km through to ultra-marathon events.  It covers topics such as warm ups, endurance training, session planning and designing training programs.

The course also develops the coach’s skills in managing groups of varied skill levels from novice through to club athlete.

This course is registered with Fitness Australia and registered Personal Trainers receive 7 CEC points on completion of the course.

Pre requisite for the course is the Athletics Australia Level 1 Community Coach course or Cert 3 or 4 in Fitness.  

Personal Trainers entering into the Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Course with their Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness will first need to register with Athletics Australia as a coach. The registration form can be accessed here:

Level 2 Advanced Coach - Recreational Running

Level 2 Advanced further develops the concepts introduced at the intermediate course as well as introducing the areas of advanced programming, diet and nutritional guidance, running technique and injury management.


Recognition of current competence
RCC (also known as Recognition of Prior Learning, RPL) is available for some courses within the Athletics Australia Coach Accreditation Framework. Applications and enquiries should be directed to the Athletics Australia, Coach Accreditation Coordinator, Blair Taylor on 03 8646 4550 or
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Location: Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, Edwin Flack Drive, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127
Phone: +61 (02) 9746 1122
Fax: +61 (02) 9746 1168
Post: PO Box 595, Sydney Markets NSW 2129