Level 1 RUN LEADER Resources

This page contains course materials relevant to coaches who have completed or are enrolled in the Level 1 Run Leader course. Coaches are strongly encouraged to bookmark this page as it will be periodically updated to ensure that you have access to the latest content to develop and consolidate your knowledge. 

Course checklist

Before the Course

On the Day of the Course

  • Bring a pen, paper, lunch and have access to your lecture slides.

  • Wear clothes that allow you to perform light exercise. 

After the Course


key course resources

Lecture Slides

The Level 1 Run Leader lecture slides are available to download by clicking here. You are encouraged to have this document available to you on the day of the course to allow you to make notes and follow along with the material. 

pre-course work

Click here to register for your Online Learning Modules (Includes Pre-Course work and Learning Material)

Prior to attending your Level 1 Run Leader course, you are required to complete two online courses available through your Online Learning Portal.

required tasks to be completed

  • Community Coaching General Principles course


You are no longer required to print out your certificates once these are completed.

POST-course work

After completion of your practical course, you are required to create and submit responses to two (2) of the three (3) scenarios prescribed in your post-course assessment task through your Online Learning Portal.  Instructions, including your prescribed scenarios, and additional resources to help you design your session plans are available through the Learning Portal.


Click here to begin. 




1) Buist et al. (2015). Incidence and Risk Factors of Running-Related Injuries During Preparation for a 4-Mile Recreational Running event.
”The incidence of running-related injuries in recreational runners preparing for a 4-mile running event is substantially high.” Accredited coaches must understand the biggest risk factors for recreational runners and the methods that coaches can use to reduce the risk. This paper examines the risk factors for recreational runners and introduces guidelines for what coaches and runners can do to reduce their risk.

2) Szabo, A. & Abraham, J. (2013). The Psychological Benefits of Recreational Running: A Field Study.
This article examines the factors that contribute to continued participation and dropout from youth athletics and discusses eight strategies that can be implemented by a coach to prevent dropout. These include emphasising skill development and personal improvement, a great focus on team events such as relays in youth athletics, effectively incorporating fun into the training environment and including lots of variety in the training program. 

3) Kirkland, A. (2016). More Than Just Training: The Coach/Athlete Relationship, Trainingpeaks. 
..."Coaching is not just about designing an annual training plan or prescribing an individual session. It’s about building successful coach/athlete relationships, and that takes hard work. For such relationships to work requires mutually compatible philosophies and an ability to get inside of the head of the athlete. This way we can work out what they want and more importantly what they need. ‘Want’ and ‘need’ are not the same thing."

4) ASCA (2017) Resistance Training: A Position Stand , Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.
"The purpose of the Position Stand is to develop a document that provides for as much clarity and guidance as possible to assist coaches in designing resistance training programs for children and youth at various stages throughout  their development. Hence this document develops several age-related sample programs, proposes age and function specific progressions in training, and describes the actual first hand experiences of highly trained  athletes who  have performed intense resistance training during their youth."

Example Warm-Ups

The following four warm-ups are provided to give you an idea of the type of things that other coaches around the world are including in their warm-up.


While these activities should give you a good idea of the type of activity you may wish to incorporate, you still need to think about the following things:

  • Appropriate intensities, reps, and rest for the runners that you coach (one size won’t fit all!)

  • Select drills that are appropriate for the type of session you are designing. For example, a quality sessionis going to be at a high intensity, so your runners need to be prepared to run at close to top speed by the end of the warm up (also consider which muscle groups need to be prepared). Will that same warm up be appropriate for a long run session?

That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is
— Kara Goucher

Coaching manuals

run for your life

Strength and conditioning for Beginning Athletes

This conditioning circuit will assist in the development of young athlete's strength, power, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, co-ordination and flexibility. 

Click here to download. 

IAAF Introduction to Coaching

A holistic coaching guide to introduce to the key aspects of coaching track and field.

Click here to read the IAAF's 'Introduction to Coaching' Manual.

Sports CONNECT - Inclusion in Sport

Designed by the Australian Sports Commission, the Inclusion in Sport Manual serves as an important tool in supporting coaches to deliver inclusive sessions that are accessible to all athletes. All Level 2 Intermediate Club coaches are encouraged to save the Inclusion in Sport PDF to their personal device and reflect on the content regularly to ensure they are delivering inclusive sessions in a manner that allows athletes under their care to achieve their best. 

Click here to access the manual. 

run, jump, throw drills

Running Action

Controlled Standing Long Jump - Step Split Stop
Horizontal Jump with Walk Up - Continuous Jumps
Jumping Side to Side - Running Long Jump
Leaping - Vertical Jump

Under Arm Throw - Push Pass - Overhand Throw
One Handed Put - Slinging

Team Games
Shuttle Relay - Low Hurdle Obstacle - Leaping Activity/Relay