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Walk

Walk with us this winter at the Walkin' on the Wild Side series. Enjoy the outdoors and learn more about the natural environment that surrounds us in Kalamazoo. These walks are free and are a great activities for walkers of all ages!

Our Historic Walks program will resume in June of 2014. Learn about the history and architecture behind some of Kalamazoo's historic buildings and homes. These walks are also free and are wonderful for all ages!

Nordic Walking Clinics

FREE clinics will take place on select dates with some of our walking programs. Call for more information.

Nordic Walking

5k Training Programs

Borgess Run Camp 5k Training
We've taken the approach to group training and turned it on its head. We have created a system that makes the individual feel a part of the team and the team a part of the large camp experience. This traditional 13-week Borgess Run Camp experience begins January 2015. This appeals to novices and experienced runners alike, with training for the 5k, 10k and half marathon.
January 2015
January 2015
Saturdays at 7:30am at rotating locations

Gazelle Sports 5k Training Program - Girls on the Run
Would you like to run the Girls on the Run 5k but are not sure where to begin? We've designed this 9 week 5k training program just for you! Our program is for couch-to-5k runners, beginner runners, and runners returning from a hiatus!  This program provides participants with educational clinics, built-in strength training, and experienced coaches who are able to provide individualized assistance.  This program will prepare you to run in the celebratory Girls on the Run 5k on May 22, 2014.

March 2015


March 2015
Tuesdays at rotating locations after first week and Thursdays at Gazelle Sports; Group meets at 6:30pm

Gazelle Sports 5k Training Program - Peacock Strut
We've designed this 13 week 5k training program for couch-to-5k runners, beginner runners, and runners returning from hiatus.  Our program provides participants with educational clinics, built-in strength training, and experienced coaches who are able to assist you at an individual level.  Our program is sure to get you to the finish line in a fun and supportive group atmosphere!  This program prepares runners for the Peacock Strut 5k in September 2014.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 6pm at Gazelle Sports
Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Gazelle Sports at 6pm
Thursdays at 6pm at Gazelle Sports; Saturdays at 8am at rotating locations

Gazelle Sports 5k Training Program - Dirty Herd World Run Day 5k/10k Fun Run
We've designed this 9 week 5k training program for couch-to-5k runners, beginner trail runners, and runners returning from hiatus.  Our program provides participants with educational clinics, built-in strength training, and experienced coaches who are able to assist you at an individual level.  Our program is sure to get you to the finish line in a fun and supportive group atmosphere! 
September 2014
September 2014
TBD

10k Training Programs

Borgess Run Camp 10k Training
We've taken the approach to group training and turned it on its head. We have created a system that makes the individual feel a part of the team and the team a part of the large camp experience. This traditional 13-week Borgess Run Camp experience begins January 2015. This appeals to novices and experienced runners alike, with training for the 5k, 10k and half marathon.
January 2015
January 2015
Saturdays at 7:30am at rotating locations

Gazelle Sports 10k Training Program - Peacock Strut
We've designed this 13 week 10k training program for beginner runners who are looking to increase their distance, runners experienced in the 5k ready to challenge themselves with a 10k, and runners returning from hiatus with some fitness under their belt.  Our program provides participants with educational clinics, built-in strength training, and experienced coaches who are able to assist you at an individual level.  This program prepares runners for the Peacock Strut 10k in September 2014.  Participants should be able to run 2 to 2.5 miles comfortably at the start of the program. 
Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 6pm at Gazelle Sports
Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Gazelle Sports at 6pm
Thursdays at 6pm at Gazelle Sports; Saturdays at 8am at rotating locations

Gazelle Sports 10k Training Program - Dirty Herd World Run Day 5k/10k Fun Run
We've designed this 8 week 10k training program for beginner runners who are looking to increase their distance, runners experienced in the 5k ready to challenge themselves with a 10k, and runners returning from hiatus with some fitness under their belt.  Our program provides participants with educational clinics, built-in strength training, and experienced coaches who are able to assist you at an individual level.  This program prepares runners for the Dirty Herd World Run Day in November 2014.  Participants should be able to run 2.5 to 3 miles comfortably at the start of the program. 
September 2014
September 2014
TBD

25k / Half Marathon Training Program

Borgess Run Camp Half Marathon Training
We've taken the approach to group training and turned it on its head. We have created a system that makes the individual feel a part of the team and the team a part of the large camp experience. This traditional 13-week Borgess Run Camp experience begins January 2015. This appeals to novices and experienced runners alike, with training for the 5k and half marathon.
December 2014 or January 2015
December 2014 or January 2015
*Half marathoners have the option of joining in Dec.
Saturdays at 7:30am at rotating locations

Gazelle Sports Summer Safari Half Marathon Training Program
We've designed this 18 week training program for beginner runners looking to complete their first half marathon or full marathon as well as runners who have already crossed the finish line but would like to run a personal best! Our training program offers significant support on your long runs by providing experienced coaches, unique and varied routes, and nutrition and hydration stations.  This program also offers opportunities for speed training at a track, educational clinics, and mid-week runs.  By signing up for this program you will also receive a one year membership to local area running club: KAR (Kalamazoo Area Runners). Note: You must be able to run 4 miles by the start of this program.
June 10, 2014 at 6pm at the Bronson Gilmore Auditorium 

June 21, 2014 at 7am at the Bronson Gilmore Auditorium
Every Saturday 7am at rotating locations and track workouts on Tuesdays at 5:45am or 6pm

Marathon Training Programs

Borgess Run Camp Marathon Training
We've taken the approach to group training and turned it on its head. We have created a system that makes the individual feel a part of the team and the team a part of the large camp experience. Over the span of 20 weeks starting December 2014, Borgess Run Camp has an experience for marathoners that provides a little more guidance and support, longer runs, more GU and GU Brew. Runners must be able to run six or seven miles without stopping prior to the beginning of camp.
December 2014
December 2014
Saturdays at 7:30am at rotating locations

Gazelle Sports Summer Safari Marathon Training Program
We've designed this 18 week training program for beginner runners looking to complete their first half marathon or full marathon as well as runners who have already crossed the finish line but would like to run a personal best! Our training program offers significant support on your long runs by providing experienced coaches, unique and varied routes, and nutrition and hydration stations.  This program also offers opportunities for speed training at a track, educational clinics, and mid-week runs.  By signing up for this program you will also receive a one year membership to local area running club: KAR (Kalamazoo Area Runners). Note: You must be able to run 4 miles by the start of this program.
June 10, 2014 at 6pm at the Bronson Gilmore Auditorium

June 21, 2014 at 7am at the Bronson Gilmore Auditorium
Every Saturday 7am at rotating locations and track workouts on Tuesdays at 5:45am or 6pm

Triathlon

Gazelle Sports Indoor Triathlon Training Program - Gazelle Sports Indoor Triathlon
This is a great opportunity to train for a triathlon! Whether you're starting out, starting over, or looking to take your training to the next level, we want to get you to the finish line! Basic swimming skills required. Training takes place at the YMCA Maple St. branch with swimming and cycling on spin bikes done indoors and running outdoors, for 20 minutes each. This group leads up to the Gazelle Sports Indoor Triathlon in April 2014.

February 2015

February 2015
Thursdays at 5:00am and 5:30am at YMCA Maple Street Branch

Gazelle Sports Outdoor Triathlon Training Program
This is a great opportunity to train for a triathlon! Whether you're starting out, starting over, or looking to take your training to the next level, we want to get you to the finish line! Basic swimming skills required. Participants must have bike suitable for riding and helmet.

Kalamazoo: May 15, 2014 at 6pm at Gazelle Sports Kalamazoo

Battle Creek: May 14, 2014 at 6pm at Team Active in Battle Creek

Kalamazoo Registration

Kalamazoo: May 23, 2014 at 6am

Battle Creek: May 21, 2014 at 6pm

Battle Creek Registration

Kalamazoo: Fridays at 6am 

Battle Creek:  Wednesdays at 6pm

Other Programs

O.R.C. - Outside Regular Conditioning

This 6 week training program is created to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility through the CrossFit Endurance methodology. Never experienced CrossFit? No problem! This program is specifically catered to those with little to no experience with CrossFit of all fitness levels. Expert coaches will focus on and emphasize form and technique to ensure your success in the program!  

For more information contact Zach Parsons of CrossFit AZO at zach@crossfitazo.com