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Grand Rapids Running Club


Beginning the first Saturday in January, the Grand Rapids Running Club invites runners (of any ability) who are training for the Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K to join them for training every Saturday morning leading up to race day on Saturday, May 12, 2018!

The GRRC's "Mentor Group" meets Saturdays at John Ball Park at 8:00a (rain, snow or shine!) in the middle parking lot, south of the duck pond. You will train with dedicated and experienced runners from the Grand Rapids Running Club who will be happy to answer your training questions and will provide you with inspiration and motivation to help you reach your goal! You may also sign up to receive a weekly Mentor Program Newsletter with articles, training information, tips, and inspirational quotes.

The Mentor Program is offered free of charge. For more information, please go to the GRRC website.

Learn about the Mentor Program, Programs and Coaches

THE MENTOR TEAM PROGRAM is a program of the Grand Rapids Running Club. It was established for the purpose of “mentoring” new runners who were interested in training for their first 25K River Bank Run but wanted the extra support and coaching they could get from experienced runners. Although the program focuses on new runners, veteran runners are welcome too! There is no cost for participating in the Mentor Team Program.

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25K mentor training program (calendar)

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Information for the Beginning Runner

First and foremost--CONGRATULATIONS for making the commitment to train for and run the 5/3 River Bank Run 25K on Saturday, May 12 2018. Whatever your reason for setting this goal, trust that you can do this. It takes courage, commitment, and perseverance, but the Grand Rapids Running Club Mentor Group will support and encourage you along the way. You’ll recognize our Running Club’s many talented and supportive mentors (the “green bandits”) by the green bandanas they wear when they run with you each Saturday morning. They are happy to answer any training questions you may have.

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Dressing for Cold Weather Running

Dressing for cold weather running can be a challenge. If you dress so that you are warm at the start of your run, you may get overheated. Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer than the actual temperature. You will be a bit cold when you start running, but as you run, you will begin to generate a lot of body heat that will warm you up.

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Fifth Third River Bank Run

PO Box 2194
Grand Rapids, MI  49501-2194
616.771.1590   |