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Run Crew Training Club

Whether you’re wanting to get more exercise, better your mental health, run your first race or hit that new PB.

This is YOUR Run Crew.

We’re coaches but we are runners first and we’ve been where you are, and we’ve also learned how beneficial it is to have the support of a crew – and proper training! Injuries suck as much as the frustration of not getting faster, or the lack of motivation to get out and run. That’s where we come in. We’re Alex and Ania, your coaches – we’re here to create a supportive safe space on your run journey – and we’ve created a program that is more than just running.

Room to grow and take things at your own pace

This 10 week program is built with your experience in mind. If you’re a non-runner, join our Learn to Run program where we start with a Run/Walk protocol and slowly build to a 5km run. If you can run at least 5km, want to get faster, stronger and better or are a bit out of practice/post healing injuries, jump into Level 2. If you’re a seasoned runner looking for a more intense training, join us at Level 3. The great thing is – if you start at one level and you’re progressing faster than expected, you graduate to the next – no need to look for somewhere else. Same goes if you realize you’re maybe a bit more tired then expected or not recovered from that injury yet – step it down a level and build back up!

What’s included

  • Group running plan with 3 levels to choose from*
  • All plans include supported post race recovery
  • Weekly training session (Tuesday evening at 7pm)
  • Monthly social run – day/time TBD (must be able to run 5km. This run is open to non-crew members so we can grow our community)
  • Strength Training plan
  • Stretch & mobility exercises
  • Running tips, nutrition, race day prep and more!
  • Private Facebook Group (optional)
  • Access to your coaches via email
  • Discounts on race fees when possible

* Our crew goal races are currently TBD, and we welcome anyone no matter what your goal race…or no race at all!

If you’re training for a half marathon or marathon or looking for more personalized attention. Let’s chat and see how we can make this work for you. Additional fees may apply.

Start Date

Starting date is March 10th, 2020 as the weather gets warmer and the evenings get brighter! Training is delayed until April 7th as a COVID-19 precaution. Your health is important to us, but so is your training. If you’d like to get started sooner, please email us

Location

West Toronto Railpath @ Randolph Ave. Our runs will take us around the west end neighbourhoods, to High Park and The West Toronto Railpath.

Don’t live in Toronto but want to join us? Send us a message!

Cost

Our introductory cost works out to $20 per week for the initial 12 week commitment. Anyone who signs up at this launch price will receive a discount for future training!

Full payment of $240* is required after registration is confirmed.

A 3 installment payment plan of $85* is available and payment is required every 4 weeks, prior to attending sessions.

*Add 13% HST to all prices

Your Coaches

Alex Piitz

Alex is a NCCP certified triathlon coach, Ironman certified long course triathlon coach and Canfitpro personal trainer. He started running in 2012 and quickly fell in love with it as both an individual challenge and as a wonderful social experience. Since then he has completed multiple marathons and ultramarathons, and competed in dozens of triathlons ranging from Sprint to Ironman distances. In 2019 he began working as a personal trainer with the not for profit Fitness for Mental Health, providing fitness classes and personal training sessions to people living with mental illness.

Ania Z

Ania fell in love with running as both a social activity and an outlet for fighting feelings of depression and anxiety. After decades of saying “I can’t run because I have asthma”, she now has dozens of races under her belt, has been coaching Learn to Run, Intermediate running groups and private clients and is a NAASFP certified Running Coach. Ania has also been teaching yoga for over 8 years and brings the importance of mobility, rest and recovery to all her training plans.