What paces are the runners?
Ra2 has a variety of paced runners. There are 6 pace groups at each group run: 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. There are runners who join us and run a few miles each week. 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 on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings.
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 at the store counter and let her know you are a “drop – in”. Gina will get you checked in and help you navigate around the store for restroom and gear storage. Gina will also introduce you to the coaches/runners in your pace group.
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 after 5:30 pm on Tuesday nights. 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?
Head Coach Gina remains in the store while the runners are out for their run. Your “stuff” is secure inside the store. The staff arrives 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?
YES. Snacks are provided after the run and water is available. Special hydration drinks are not provided. When there is a “special” group run offered, the sponsors of those runs usually bring coffee and donuts for the runners post run. (The Ann Arbor Running Company usually has one “special group run” every 4 to 6 weeks, you can check their calendar for those special events.)
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 “Couch to Runner” 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 “Couch to Runner” program?
Go HERE for more information.
I understand there is a “Running School” for runners who are training for a marathon or half marathon?
YES. The Ann Arbor Running Company offers a program, “Running School” for runners who want additional support in their long distance events. You can find out more information HERE.
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?
Your “membership” is good for one year. Your membership starts the day you sign up and continues to the last day of the previous month you joined unless you sign up after the 25th of the month then the expiration date is the last day of the month you signed up.
Can I pay by the month?
Not at this time.
My questions are not answered here. Who do I contact for further information?
Coach Gina: firstname.lastname@example.org.