The Workout Group
The Workout Group, Building a Running Community Since 1997
Runners of all abilities and ages are invited to join WOG, the longest-running coached group in Tucson. The Workout Group has been providing workouts for all levels of runners since the last century and has produced plenty of SAR Grand Prix Champions and age-group winners, if you’re into that sort of thing. WOG develops Boston qualifiers, trail runners and track runners, if you’re into that sort of thing. But most importantly, WOG develops friendships. With an email listserv, social runs, social gatherings, and more marriages than you can shake a stick at, WOG is the place to come to be part of running in Tucson. The 2012 Fall season kicks off in August, with training programs for local races, including all the SAR Grand Prix events. Sub-groups are training for fall marathons, including Chicago, Marine Corps, and Tucson.
The Workout Group is led by Tia Accetta (an RRCA Certified Coach) and Randy Accetta, the national Director of Coaching Education for the Road Runners Club of America. Whether you’re preparing for your first marathon, training for local races, or simply trying to get in shape, WOG features two weekly workouts open to all ages and abilities, as well as weekend social runs. Of course, all are invited to adjourn for the traditional root beer and cookies after the workouts. For more information on what Workout Group is like, see the Arizona Illustrated piece on WOG or check out what Coley Ward at the Daily Star says.
New: Triathlon Training Workouts. WOG is now the official running coach of the Tri-Girls, developing workouts to help triathletes attain peak performance.
When and Where: Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, starting at 6:00 pm at the Annex Fields at Reid Park. Workouts take place on a well-lit, half-mile dirt track. Satellite workouts sometimes take place elsewhere, on an ad-hoc basis NOTE: WOG takes a summer break from June - early August, and a winter break from mid-December - early January. The 2012 Fall season is underway, so come out and join ‘em.
Directions: From Broadway, take Country Club south 6/10 of a mile, turn into the park at Concert Way, then turn left and right in the parking lots and look for the runners by the baseball fields. In the winter, look for the lights!
Who’s There: On any given night, between 25-40 folks will come out, so there’s bound to be a running partner for you. WOG stalwarts include long SAR volunteers Steve and Sheryl Felde; Tim Bentley, the race director for Spring Cross Country, the Great Pumpkin Run and CATwalk; and Kamran Talatoff, the moderator for the ComeRun wog listserv.
About the Coaching: Coordinated by Randy Accetta, co-founder of Meet Me At Maynard’s and Meet Me at La Encantada, former SAR President, and race producer for several of the biggest events in Tucson. With PR’s from 2:19 in the marathon to 4:08 in the mile, Randy has raced competitively throughout North America, in Europe and in Asia. Old and practically falling apart now, Randy has turned his passion to helping others. Co-author with Greg Wenneborg of Marathon Running and Basic Training for Runners, Randy writes the Get Moving, Tucson featured fitness column in the Arizona Daily Star’s Caliente section. Randy is the national DIrector of Coaching Education for the Road Runners Club of America, and travels the country 2-3 times a month teaching people how to be a running coach.