What paces are the runners?
6 pace groups:
Yellow: sub 8:00, Red 8:00 – 9:00, Green 9:00 – 10:00, Blue 10:00 – 11:00, Purple 11:00 – 12:00, and Orange 12:00 and greater.
Do all the runners run long distances?
NO. All the courses are out and back so the runner can choose their own distances. The coaches at Ra2 will “match” runners up to “liked-paced” and “liked-distances” runners at the start of each run.
Are all the runners training for half or full marathons?
NO. Not all members are training for a particular event. There are a lot of members who join for the camaraderie and motivation.
Can I be a “drop – in” runner?
YES. We offer a “drop-in” rate of $5. (You can “try” us out for FREE for one month)
How do I register if I am a “drop – in runner”?
When you arrive at the store (Ann Arbor Running Company, 200 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor 48104), the head coach is there to greet you. Find Coach Gina and let her know you are a “drop – in”. There is a restroom and gear storage inside the store.
Where do I park in downtown Ann Arbor/Kerrytown and is there a parking fee?
There is a city lot across the street from the Ann Arbor Running Company store on Ann between 4th and Main that is FREE on Saturdays and FREE. This lot also has additional parking in a lower level if the top level is full. There is also a FREE lot on Saturdays on the corner of Catherine and 4th. Arrive early (by 6:45am) and you should not a problem getting into one of those lots. Ann Arbor DOES charge for parking at the meters on the streets after 8am. (So if you are running a short distance, you may elect to park at a meter and be done with your run by the time the city starts running the meters.)
Is it safe to leave my “stuff” in the store while I am running?
The store will be locked at 7:05am when Coach Gina goes out with the group to “sag”. The store re-opens at 9am.
Can I purchase anything from the store before 9am?
YES. Coach Gina will help you with your purchase. Gina cannot operate the cash register but she can manually take your $$.
Are there any refreshments after the run?
Pre-packaged snacks are available at the start of the run that you can store in your car or with your belongings.
I am new to running and I am looking for more runners to run with, would this be a good fit for me?
ABSOLUTELY. Our group runs have new runners join all the time. The runners from the Ann Arbor Running Company’s “Running School” program join frequently as well. The Ra2 coaches can help you find the right running partners and help you stay motivated.
How do I find out more about the “Running School” program?
Go HERE for more information.
Can I get training for a marathon or half marathon?
YES. Coach Gina can help you with a training schedule. There is a fee for extra training.
Why Should I support Run Ann Arbor?
When you support Run Ann Arbor, you are supporting your community. Your support helps to provide quality group workouts and group running to Ann Arbor and it’s surrounding communities.
Are there any other benefits included in a yearly membership?
- Discounted private coaching from Nick Stanko.
- $10 monthly discount to Parker Performance training.
- 10% discount at the Ann Arbor Running Company stores.
- Discount Codes to specific Epic races, the CRIM, DXAA races, and Rock CF Half.
- Priority seating on the Run Ann Arbor CRIM bus from Ann Arbor to Flint each August.
- Priority reservations to the VIP room for the Detroit Marathon.
- JUNE “Fling Party”. (Outdoor picnic to celebrate the warm weather ahead).
NOVEMBER “Bling Party”. (Pot Luck gathering and some runners bring their “bling” they have collected from the year).
Semi-annual “Storewide 20% OFF Discount Night” at the AARC.
- Camaraderie, Motivation, and a whole lot of F U N !
Is my membership pro-rated?
Membership are yearly from January through December for $150. Or $75 from July through December. Or you can sign up for a monthly membership for $15/month.
My questions are not answered here. Who do I contact for further information?
Coach Gina: firstname.lastname@example.org.