F.A.S.T. (Fresh Approach to Speed Training) originally was a non-profit training and racing group (formerly Emerald Coast Racing Team) with an approach to run training based on the theories and practices of Mihaly Igloi, Bob Schul and Jack Daniels. After a one-year hiatus in 2012 group track workouts resumed, with a one-on-one coaching focus.
Membership and coaching is available to adult runners and athletes of all ability levels, training for distances from 5,000 meter road races to ultra-distance triathlon (youth considered on a strict case-by-case basis). Minimum requirements include:
1. Be able to run at least three miles at a time
2. Have a specific event goal
3. Be willing to meet weekly for workouts and training discussions
A $1 per workout fee is requested to cover club expenses.
F.A.S.T. encourages members to join, participate in and support local groups which are members of national-level athletic organizations such as the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), USA Triathlon (USAT), and US Masters Swimming (USMS), all of whom share F.A.S.T.'s mission, vision, and values:
"to train and motivate athletes of all ages and abilities to achieve their personal health, fitness, and athletic performance goals."