TRAINING PROGRAMS

Half Marathon and 10k Training Programs

Winter Half Marathon and 10k

January 21 – May 13

COST: $108

It’s time to get off to get ready for a spring 10K or half marathon race! This program for 10K (6.2 miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles) will prepare you to participate in those spring half marathons which begin in March and are so difficult to train for on our own. Training begins on Saturday, January 21 and ends on May 13, groups will meet every Saturday morning at 8:30 am to build endurance to reach your goal. This group will meet near Oakland University, the exact location is yet to be determined. This program is designed for those 16 and older.

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Fall Half Marathon and 10k Training

June 8 – November 9

COST – Half Marathon: $150
COST – 10k: $115

This program is designed to give you incentive and motivation to get off and stay off the could and get you ready for some fall race. You can train for a half marathon, 10K or just give you a group to run with in the summer. The half marathon program will begin with a 3-mile run or walk so please be prepared prior to this program beginning.

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SoMo Wellness Club

Winter Wellness Club

January 21 – April 1

COST: $85

Don’t let winter put you on the couch! With this program you will have a chance to learn about and experience different types of wellness activities such as yoga, strength training, stretching, meditation, nutrition and more and you will do a 3 – 4 mile maintenance run or walk every week. The “club” will meet weekly (at a location near OU still TBD) at 8:30 am every Saturday morning from January 21-April 1. Running and walking in the cold weather with a group will give you the motivation to get out of bed and the support to continue your workouts!

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SoMo Wellness Club | April-May

April 6 – May 25

COST – run club: $68
COST – walk club: $68

Take the time for yourself and train for a 5k race or just have a group to run or walk with during the week.  This couch-to-5k training program is just right for everyone!

Throughout 2017 there are four different Wellness Clubs to take you from Spring through Fall. Join one or join them all! Each program will meet once per week and your workout will be based your average pace. You will increase the time you run or walk every week until you are prepared to participate in a local 5k race.

Also, there will be speakers every week with topics to include stretching, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness and other aspects of wellness. Each session will last from an hour to an hour.

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SoMo Wellness Club | Stroller Program

May 31 – July 22

COST –  $68
The #SoMo Strollers will be making its inaugural debut this May in Rochester, MI. The mission of this group is to provide a safe and informative place for parents to begin walking (and possibly running) with their child(ren) in strollers.

Meeting each week for either a morning or evening session, the group will learn proper technique, receive nutritional tips and learn how to get and stay fit while including the kids in the fun.

The goal of the #SoMo Strollers is to walk or run a 5k of your choice (from a list of family-friendly community races) as well as meet and make friends that share your own fitness goals.

Groups will follow a training program that increases by minutes, not miles, each week. Do not be intimidated by this! Our group leaders will coach, motivate and support you every step of the way.

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Oakland Township Wellness Club | July - August, Mornings

July 11 – August 22

COST – Oakland Township Resident: $60
COST – Non-Resident: $80

Take the time for yourself and train for a 5k race or just have a group to run or walk with during the week.  This couch-to-5k training program is just right for everyone!This program will meet at 8:00am at the Paint Creek Cider Mill for the first couple of weeks then move to Bear Creek Nature Park.

Throughout 2017 there are many different Wellness Clubs to take you from Spring through Fall. Join one or join them all! Each program will meet once per week and your workout will be based your average pace. You will increase the time you run or walk every week until you are prepared to participate in a local 5k race.

Also, there will be speakers every week with topics to include stretching, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness and other aspects of wellness. Each session will last from an hour to an hour.

To Register:

Contact Oakland Township Parks (248) 651-7810

SoMo Wellness Club | June-July

June 6 – July 25

COST – run club: $68
COST – walk club: $68

Take the time for yourself and train for a 5k race or just have a group to run or walk with during the week.  This couch-to-5k training program is just right for everyone!

Throughout 2017 there are four different Wellness Clubs to take you from Spring through Fall. Join one or join them all! Each program will meet once per week and your workout will be based your average pace. You will increase the time you run or walk every week until you are prepared to participate in a local 5k race.

Also, there will be speakers every week with topics to include stretching, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness and other aspects of wellness. Each session will last from an hour to an hour.

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SoMo Wellness Club | August - September

August 8 – September 19

COST – run club: $68
COST – walk club: $68

Take the time for yourself and train for a 5k race or just have a group to run or walk with during the week.  This couch-to-5k training program is just right for everyone!

Throughout 2017 there are four different Wellness Clubs to take you from Spring through Fall. Join one or join them all! Each program will meet once per week and your workout will be based your average pace. You will increase the time you run or walk every week until you are prepared to participate in a local 5k race.

Also, there will be speakers every week with topics to include stretching, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness and other aspects of wellness. Each session will last from an hour to an hour.

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SoMo Wellness Club | October - November

October 3 – November 21

COST – run club: $68
COST – walk club: $68

Take the time for yourself and train for a 5k race or just have a group to run or walk with during the week.  This couch-to-5k training program is just right for everyone!

Throughout 2017 there are four different Wellness Clubs to take you from Spring through Fall. Join one or join them all! Each program will meet once per week and your workout will be based your average pace. You will increase the time you run or walk every week until you are prepared to participate in a local 5k race.

Also, there will be speakers every week with topics to include stretching, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness and other aspects of wellness. Each session will last from an hour to an hour.

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Kid’s Club

2017 Rochester Kid's Program

June 27 – August 22

COST: $45 for one child, multiple child discounts available

It’s time to burn off some of that extra energy while you train for a couple of summer 5K (3.1 miles) races. You will run with other kids going the same pace as you. Each group has a trained group leader (adult) and their assistants (kids) helping you to build endurance to reach your goal.

To Register:

https://somowellness.redpodium.com/2017-rochester-kids-program

Kid's Klub | August - September

August 7 – September 25

COST: $49

It’s time to burn off some of that extra energy while you train for a couple of summer 5K (3.1 miles) races. You will run with other kids going the same pace as you. Each group has a trained group leader (adult) and their assistants (kids) helping you to build endurance to reach your goal.

To Register:

Contact Rochester Area Recreation Authority (RARA) at (248) 656-8308

Drop-In Training Punch Card

Purchase a Punch Card now!

Cost: $70 for ten drop-in training sessions

Our “Punch Card” will give you an opportunity to participate even if you are not able to commit to an entire training program but would like to drop in and run or walk with a group. By purchasing a punch card, you have 10 “drop-in” visits to any training program during the 2017 year season.

Once you register for this program you will be sent a punch card, you will need to bring this every time you come to run or walk with a training program group during a regularly scheduled training session.

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Included in Training Program

  • Trained group leaders
  • Weekly group training run or walk
  • Weekly training calendar
  • Entrance to vouchered race(s)
  • Training shirt & shoe tag ID
  • Discounts at local running store

    All training programs meet once weekly for a group workout. Each group member is also given "homework" workouts to complete throughout the week to build stamina and endurance.

  • Groups are Important

    The GROUP is what makes this program successful, they give you the expectation of showing up, the motivation to continue and will celebrate each achievement with you. During the group workout you will build your endurance and then you will be asked to run or walk on your own two other times during the week, this will build your stamina.

    Your group becomes your training family throughout the program. Not only will you achieve your goals, but you'll have fun doing it with your new friends. That's what Socially Motivated Wellness is all about. Groups of friends who are motivated to live a life of wellness.

    Intervals & Pace

    You'll be placed in a group based on your pace. All groups used an interval method of training which includes run/walk/run or walk/shuffle/walk.

    Intervals are used for the entire workout, we don't "graduate" to running or walking quickly all the time. Using this interval method of training cuts down on injuries, allows you to go further and actually faster because you are taking a break. When you walk your heart rate and breathing slow down and you are using different muscles. The benefit of this type of training is that you are in a group, the group provides expectations (that you show up), encouragement and motivation.