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Course Length: 2 Hours Pre-Course Work + 8.5 Hours Face-to-Face (Practical and Theory) 

Locations: Australia-wide

Pre-requisites: Level 1 Community Athletics Coach or Level 1 Recreational Run Leader or Cert. III or IV in Fitness

Pathways: Level 2 Advanced Recreational Running Coach or Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach


Course Statement

The Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach course trains coaches to develop the fundamental technical and strategic skills for runners training for 5km through to ultra-marathon events. The course covers topics such as warm ups, endurance training, session planning, and designing training programs leading up to recreational running events.


Course Accreditation

The Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach course is registered with Fitness Australia and registered Personal Trainers receive 7 CEC points upon successful completion of the course. 

Expected Competencies

At the completion of the course it is expected that coaches will be able to satisfy the following criteria:

2-IRR-1: Monitor and adopt the training environment to ensure inclusive and safe activity that is both enjoyable and challenging for recreational runners in clubs, squads, groups, and individual training situations.

2-IRR-2: Evaluate and identify appropriate activities in accordance with the physical, emotional, and social maturation of the recreational runners in their program.

2-IRR-3: Vary training activities to maintain a stimulating and engaging training environment. 

2-IRR-4: Provide suitable feedback on performance for groups and individuals during training sessions. 

2-IRR-5: Communicate effectively in group and individual situations. 

2-IRR-6: Use appropriate methods, drills, and activities to instruct appropriate technical models to recreational runners. 

2-IRR-7: Plan and evaluate a training session and make appropriate adjustments for subsequent sessions. 

2-IRR-8: Plan and implement a variety of activities that will develop the components of fitness into training sessions. 

Pre-course Work

PBTR - Harassment and Discrimination

My Coaching Pathway Module

Terminology and Session Components Module

Principles of Training Module

Intermediate Programming Module

Post-course Work

Programming assignment

Course Resources

Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach Participant's Manual


Registration for this course is available online by visiting the Course Calendar or by emailing Athletics Australia for more information. 

Program Curriculum

- Coaching Pathways and Responsibilities

- Developing the Skills of Coaching

- Training Principles

- Components of Fitness

- Effective Warm Ups and Cool Downs

- Endurance Running

- Planning Training Sessions

- Programming

- Coach in Action

- Race Day Strategies


At the successful completion of this course participants will receive Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach accreditation with Athletics Australia. 

Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coaches are expected to be able to design training programs and lead running and walking groups for recreational athletes. 

Athletics Australia
Athletics House
Level 2, 31 Aughtie Drive
Albert Park  VIC 3206

P +61 3 8646 4550
F +61 3 8646 4560