The Workout Group, Building a Running Community Since 1997 - We are on summer break now, but we’ll start up again August 18th. Please email RRCA Certified Coach Tia Accetta at firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details of the new 2015-2016 season.
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.
WOG welcomes everyone, but we’re especially well suited for those who want to improve, get faster, run farther, and have a good time doing it.
When and Where: Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, dressed and ready to run by 6:00 pm at the Annex Fields at Reid Park. Most workouts take place on a well-lit, half-mile dirt track, with some workouts using the grass and trails nearby and the multi-purpose path around Reid Park. 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.
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 Diane Manzini and Alyssa Hoyt, Happy Hour Hobble leaders; long-time SAR volunteers Steve and Sheryl Felde; Tim Bentley, the race director for Spring Cross Country and the Great Pumpkin Run; and Lucas Tyler, the manager at The Running Shop.
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.
Assistant coaches are all RRCA certified: Doreen Castillo-Davis, Gina Nelson, Linnley Sweeney, with regular help from Tim Bentley.
The Workout Group is led by RRCA Certified Coach, Tia Accetta 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.