The Workout Group (WOG)
Celebrating our 25th year of group running.
WOG 2022 Fall Schedule
Tuesday & Thursday Evenings: 6:00 PM
Tuesday and Thursday evening workouts meet at Reid Park behind the amphitheater. Enter the park on Concert Way from Country Club. Take a quick left on Buckey Steele Dr. and follow it back to the baseball fields. We encourage everyone to get in a 10-15 minute warm-up & cool down before and after every workout. There are bathrooms and drinking fountains available at the park but we still recommend bringing a water bottle. Tim Bentley is the lead coach on Tuesday & Thursday nights. Michelle Hawk, Dave odom, and Doreen Davis are assistant coaches. They are a knowledgeable team so feel free to pick their brains for useful running tips as you’re sipping your post-workout protein shake and watching the sun go down over the ball fields.
Tuesday & Thursday Mornings: 5:30 AM
Tuesday and Thursday morning workouts take place at Rillito Park (1st St. & River Rd.). Enter the park from 1st at the northern entrance and drive straight in. The dirt track we use goes around the soccer fields to the left (north) of the entrance. We encourage everyone to get in at least a 10-15 minute warm-up before and after every workout. Bring a water bottle and a head lamp for safety. Tia Accetta is the lead coach on Tuesday & Thursday mornings and she claims there is no better way to start the day than with a sunrise workout!
Saturday Come Run: 6:00 AM
Saturday run locations vary each week so it is necessary to get on the group email list or join the Come Run Group Page on Facebook to receive the details for each run. Saturday runs are usually longer, ranging from 10-12 miles or more. Contact email@example.com for more information.
What you need to know:
Running should be safe and fun, especially running with a group! Just to be safe, carry emergency contact info. on you somewhere easily accessible, like written on your water bottle, on a bracelet, or inside your hat. In the summer it’s a good idea to carry water with you when running.
The team of Workout Group coaches, including Tia Accetta, Tim Bentley, Dave Odom and Michelle Hawk, are experienced runners and certified RRCA coaches — you can see more about the RRCA Coaching Program here.
Why might you join WOG: The Workout Group provides athletes with a safe and fun environment for running. Each workout is planned with the runners’ goals and abilities in mind. Our workouts are periodized so they build on each other, increasing fitness levels consistently over time.
Who might join WOG: All types of runners with some prior running experience are welcome to join WOG. We have runners training for 5k’s and 50 milers (and everything in between). Most of our athletes come for the workouts but stay because of the incredible group support and the pure joy of running hard with friends.
How might you join WOG: If you would like to give WOG a try, come on out! We like new folks to visit a few times before deciding if WOG is a good fit. Once you have made the commitment, we ask our runners to donate $50 per semester (August-Dec. & January-May). We also offer individual coaching packages and personalized training plans (see individual coaching for more details).
What type of workouts might you do if you join WOG: Our workouts include hill circuits, tempo runs and cruise intervals, longer speedier intervals and shorter repeats. If you are training for a specific event, we will do our best to accommodate your needs and help you build to a peak performance. If you are just starting to get to know your running self, we will encourage you to take your time and build gradually. Running is a fantastic journey and we don’t want you to rush through any part of it
Why is there a fee for WOG: We take this community and our coaching seriously. In order for us to maintain a safe and responsible atmosphere, we require each of our coaches be RRCA certified and insured. In the past we’ve payed for lights. Along with the insurance, these are significant costs, though well worth it. Since we are currently not paying for lights, we have reduced the semester fee from $75 to $50. If we end up paying for lights we will raise the second semester fee back to $75. If you’re curious, none of us make money from WOG. It is a community service that brings us more pride, joy and friendships than revenue. We hope you feel the same.