"Speed Machines": Welcome


Welcome to the "new" home of the Warren Striders Track Club, Inc. "Speed Machines" Sports Speed Development, Fitness Conditioning and Training Program to improve speed in any performer regardless of sport speciality. The program is open to all interested participants, ages 9-18, new and previous 2012 Warren Striders club members.

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The greatest concern among today's athletes in all sports is how to improve playing speed; the speed of all movememnts, including starting, stopping, accelerating, changing direction of the body, delivering or avoiding a blow, sprinting and split-second decision making during sports competion.

The "Speed Machines" Sports Speed Development, Fitness Conditioning and Training Program is designed to include strength training, plyometric exercises and drills designed to improve running mechanics and "playing speed". Using a variety of basic speed and strength assessments, each athlete is evaluated and provided age-appropriate rules designed to meet the athlete's personal speed profile.

Beginning in December, training sessions are held every Monday, from 5:30 - 7:30pm, at the TCAP/WestSide Community Center gym (formerly West Jr. High School), located at 1230 Palmyra Rd., SW, Warren, Ohio 44485 and is open to any participant looking to improve their speed and quickness. Because of the tremendous interest and the limited 25 slots, registration is on a first come basis. Sport specific training is available upon request. For more details call: Program Director, Jack Thornton, Jr., 330-372-6252 or email: jthorntonjr1@msn.com.


The program is to improve speed development in any participant regardless of sport speciality. Participate in the program to learn how to:

Increase--Speed and stamina over any distance.
Gain--Power and new levels of strength.
Learn--Agility for jumping ability.
Improve--Reaction for explosive movement skills.
Enhance--Quickness steps for maximum athletic performance.

All Participants receive:

Age appropriate instructions
Certificate of Participation and exclusive program T-shirt
Participation discount for the Warren Striders Track Club members
Summer discount for non-club members
Key to Success

Session I: 8 weeks (December-January), 1-2 days per week, 2 hrs. per day.

Session II: 8 weeks (February-March), 1-2 days per week, 2 hrs. per day.


TCAP gym (former West Jr. High School), located at 1230 Palmyra Rd., SW., Warren, Ohio 44485.

Participation for the program is: $45 per session (non-club member), $35 per session(club member). A $35 non-refundable deposit is due at registration for each session. Balances are due by week #2 of each session.

For participating family gorups of 3 or more of the same family, school groups and/or outreach groups of four or more and participants age 19 and older, call 330-372-6252 for details.


Jack Thornton, Jr., Founder, President, Head Coach and Program Director of the Warren Striders Track Club, Inc., is a retired educator and athletic coach of the Warren, Ohio City Schools District. Thornton has led the Striders' organization for the past 35 years.

Thornton's Warren Western Reserve and Warren G. Harding Boys and Girls track teams recorded numerous individual and relay school, conference, county, district and regional records and championships, as well as sent many individuals and relay teams to the high School Division I State Championships.

Under the tutelege of Thornton, The Warren Striders Track Club, Inc. has captured many individual and relay District and Regional Junior Olympics Championships. In addition,the organization can boast of having an individual National Junior Olympic Champion. The Striders and Coach Thornton have participated in the past 13 consecutive National Jr. Olympics Championships (2000-2012) and 28 out of the the last 30 in the club's 35 year history. Many former and current club participants have had and are having an impact on collegiate as well as local and area Middle and High School athletic programs.

The "Speed Machines" Speed Development, Fitness Conditioning and Training Program marks another in the building blocks in the Striders' "grass-roots" youth track and field development programs. Thornton has the philosophy that lasting success in track and field and other athletic activities must come from within the athlete.

The Warren Striders Track Club, Inc. and its "Speed Machines" program is committed to instilling an attitude of enjoyment in each athlete. For only when the athlete learns a love for the sport, will they develop a work ethic allowing them to establish challenging goals and put forth the necessary training to accomplish these goals. The organization and program is geared towards the athlete that has a positive attitude towards self-improvement through training designed to be strenous and rewarding. Our focus is not on winning alone but that every athlete reaches their potential.

You can learn more about the club by visiting its web site at: www.warrenstriderstrackclubinc.com.

Thornton is a USATF Level I certified coach and is currently serving as the Sprints/Hurdles Coach at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio.

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