In 2016 the Traverse City Track Club began offering its Traverse City-based training programs and since then has helped over 100 runners reach their goals. TCTC prides itself in helping both newcomers and experienced runners with its unique mentor-led, customized schedules. By emphasizing a focus on being encouraging and supportive, we are able to help participants make running an enriching part of a healthy lifestyle.

Have a goal to become a runner?

Have a goal to complete your first 5K?

Signed up for a half marathon or marathon in the season ahead?

Traverse City Track Club’s Training Programs are designed for you!


Bayshore & More Training: Winter 2019


For winter 2019, the 9 and18-week training programs will begin on Monday, January 21st and train you through Sunday May 26th. It includes organized Saturday group runs beginning January 26th. Although not necessary, many runners in this session will be training for a late spring/early summer event such as Bayshore, Grand Rapids Amway River Bank Run, Kalamazoo, or North Mitten.

Winter Training focuses on helping runners with goals of completing 5k distances to full marathon, as well as to help beginning runners just learning to run.

Training Sessions include:

  • Individualized Training Schedules based on your specific pace, goal race and daily workout availability

  • Group Runs organized each Saturday morning (8:00am, 7:45 warm-up), held on a variety of courses in the Traverse City area beginning Saturday January 26th.

  • Weekly Email and Blog communications with targeted training tips, schedules and more.

  • Expertise from RRCA-certified coach and TCTC member Amy Dykhouse as well as mentors with many years of running experience.

  • Mentor Led Group Runs with running volunteers who support and encourage you with your personalized running goals (mentors will be matched as closely as possible to your fitness level, but will ultimately depend on mentor availability).

  • Swag including TCTC branded training gear.

  • FUN and motivating training experience with shared camaraderie and team spirit.

9 or 18 week program?

In order to develop a solid running base for spring races, we strongly recommend runners sign up for the session that best suits their race goal needs. The 9 week program ($40) is recommended for intermediate to experienced runners looking to tune up for early spring races or those training for shorter distance races of 5k to 10k. The 18 week program ($80) is recommended for all runners training for longer distances races over 10 miles, or beginning runners desiring to develop a solid running base.

Note: For those who have not been active recently, we recommend you check with your health care provider before beginning a running program.

On the fence if this program is for you? Attend one of our weekly Wednesday Fun Runs with the Traverse City Track Club to experience our running community first hand.

Or, on January 12th, we will also have an Informal group run, depending on weather, and on January 19th, we will all be available before and after the Frozen Foot run hosted by Traverse City Track Club. Both of these dates will include the presence of past participants and instructor Amy Dykhouse. Contact Amy Dykhouse (989)444-9031 or for questions or more information.



If you have experience running a marathon, half marathon, or enjoy sharing your love of running to inspire others, consider being a TCTC Training Mentor!

Traverse City Track Club (TCTC) has rewarding opportunities available to share your time, talent, and passion for running by serving as a Mentor for the 2019 TCTC Training Program.

The TCTC Training Program runs Saturday mornings January 26th through May 25th. Runs start at 8:00 a.m. (7:45 warmup) with meeting locations in Traverse City varying each week.

Mentors assist in providing a high quality training program that is supportive of the TCTC mission and values.

To be considered, Mentors are preferred to have completed at least one TCTC Training session with TCTC, and/or have had the experience of completing a prior marathon or half marathon, and be able to commit to fulfilling the expectations below.

Mentors will be asked to fulfill the following expectations:

  • Promote team spirit, build camaraderie, nurture an encouraging, supportive culture, ensure your assigned team members are connected and have fun!

  • Meet with Amy Dykhouse for introduction to program January 19th, 2019 at Frozen Foot Race.

  • Run within the assigned pace range, and slow pace as appropriate when conditions are unfavorable.

  • Provide leadership to team in following safety guidelines.

  • Be available most Saturdays and communicate in advance when you can’t (Mentors must commit to a minimum of 13 of the 19 for the 18 week session or 7 of the 10 Saturdays for the 9 week session)

  • Arrive 15 minutes before the run starts.

  • Send out a weekly email/text, Facebook post by Thursday of each week to your assigned group members.

Our volunteer Mentors receive:

  • A rewarding experience helping team members achieve their marathon or half marathon goals

  • FREE quality TCTC gear

If you are interested in serving as a Mentor, please select the button below if you would like to sign up as a training mentor for our winter session!


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