Let’s start running, Elmira!

Put your 2017 fitness goals into action this spring!

elmira2Run Waterloo is partnering with the Township of Woolwich to deliver a beginner running program in spring 2017. There has never been a better time to start running!

The Details

  • 10 sessions, February 15 – April 19
  • Wednesdays 6:00-6:50pm
  • Meet in WMC lobby
  • The first three sessions are on the indoor track, and the remainder are outdoors!
  • Cost is $35, which includes an entry to the Economical ENDURrace 5k race on April 22 (value of $35). Run Waterloo members save 25% on the program cost.

What to expect

Each week will consist of a social component (get to know your fellow runners), a learning component (key topics for beginners), and an active component (including a combination of walking and running).

There is NO required fitness level. If you or someone you know is looking for a push to finally get active, or some motivation on your 2017 fitness goals, this might be the group!

Using this program and the recommended running “homework,” participants will be able to run for 5 kilometres without stopping by the end of the program.


Each week we will have a brief discussion and Q&A regarding a range of topics, including:

  • Gear and shoes
  • Warm up/cool down
  • Running outside: weather and safety
  • Goal setting
  • Nutrition for running and eating before running
  • Running form and breathing
  • Common injuries and ailments
  • Cross training
  • What to expect at your first race
  • FAQs

Informal Info Session

[Edit: This happened on January 18.] Drop by the WMC (Meeting Room 2) on January 18 any time between 6:00-7:00pm to meet the group leaders, ask any questions, or to sign up in person (cash or credit).

Fine Print

  • Participant cap: 30, over which we will start a wait list. Eight spots left!
  • Minimum age is 18.
  • This program is geared towards beginners.
  • Deadline to sign up is February 15.
  • Sign up online here.


  • Shanna R Rozema January 13, 2017 10:40 am

    The program is Wednesdays at 6 until when? Do we run/walk inside on the track?

    • runwaterloo January 13, 2017 1:51 pm

      Great questions – I’ve added the answers to the text above. 6:00-6:50. The first two sessions (February 15 and 22) will be indoors on the track, but after that we’re going to be heading outside 🙂

  • Tina January 13, 2017 7:49 pm

    can’t make the Jan 18 sign up date and I’m not sure about the online registration. Am I to sign up for the race as registration?

    • runwaterloo January 13, 2017 8:04 pm

      Yes – one of the events “Let’s start running, Elmira!” is the run group, which includes the 5k!

      If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. We’ll post a FAQ after the info session.

  • Mandy January 18, 2017 10:24 pm

    What time is the race on April 22nd?

  • Melanie January 20, 2017 1:29 pm

    Who will be running the sessions?
    Sorry, I know this would have been covered at the session on the 18th but I only found out about it today:)

    • runwaterloo January 21, 2017 1:28 am

      Don’t worry about missing the info session! The program is volunteer-run by runners from Woolwich and Wellesley townships. The program is newly designed, based on many tried-and-true methods common to most beginner run groups.

      • Melanie January 23, 2017 12:29 pm

        But who are the instructors?

        • runwaterloo January 24, 2017 5:50 pm

          We are still finalizing the details of the program and volunteers. We will make the announcement soon!

  • Sharon January 21, 2017 8:37 pm

    Do you need to be a resident of Elmira to register or can you be a resident of Kitchener Waterloo?

    • runwaterloo January 24, 2017 2:50 am

      You don’t need to be a resident of Elmira to join! Anyone who can make it to the WMC on a weekly basis is more than welcome. Runners’ Choice in Waterloo has a beginner running group starting this week if that’s more convenient 🙂

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