In 2016 the Traverse City Track Club began offering its Traverse City-based training programs and since then has helped hundreds of runners reach their goals. TCTC prides itself in helping both newcomers and experienced runners with its unique group-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 The Bayshore half marathon or marathon in the season ahead?

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


Winter Session 2020

What: The Traverse City Track Club presents 16-week training programs for runners

When & Where: Monday February 3rd through Saturday, May 23rd (Bayshore Races) in Traverse City

 Includes: Group weekend long runs and optional midweek runs

Why: Helps runners with goals of completing 5k to a full marathon, or those who desire to become runners

Cost: 16-week program is $85, 8-week program is $50 sign up here!

Training Sessions include:

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

  • Individualized Training Schedules based on your specific pace, goal race and daily workout availability, incorporating local organized running events.

  • Group Runs organized each weekend, held on a variety of courses in the Traverse City area.

  • Expertise from RRCA-certified coach and TCTC member Amy Dykhouse as well as experienced group leaders.

  • Group Runs with running leaders who support and encourage you from start to finish. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for upcoming runs!

  • TCTC branded training shirt.

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

    Contact Instructor Amy Dykhouse (989) 444-9031 or for questions or more information.


Training Group Run Leaders

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

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

TCTC Training Sessions are offered in the fall and winter each year. Group runs take place on Saturday or Sunday mornings with meeting locations in Traverse City varying each week.

Group Run Leaders assist our RRCA certified coach in providing a high quality training program that is supportive of the TCTC mission and values.

Group Run Leaders typically have completed at least one TCTC Training session, and/or have had the experience of completing a prior marathon or half marathon, and can commit to fulfilling the expectations below.

Group Run Leaders will be asked to fulfill the following expectations:

  • Help promote team spirit and ensure runners during your assigned run are connected and have fun by introducing and grouping similar paced runners. 

  • Begin runs to ensure route is understood by all, then fall back to check in with slower runners. 

  • Adjust pace as appropriate when conditions are unfavorable.

  • Provide leadership to team in following safety guidelines, as well as educating runners on basic running skills and terminology. 

  • Refer to more knowledgeable runners/resources when appropriate. 

  • Sign up to be a run leader for at least eight runs (weekday and/or weekend) during the 16 week session and communicate in advance when you are unable to attend.

  • Arrive 15 minutes before the run starts to greet and welcome runners.

  • Check in regularly with runners throughout the session through preferred methods (email, phone, text, Facebook) to improve community and retention. 

Volunteer Group Leaders receive:

  • A rewarding experience helping team members achieve their goals

  • TCTC Leader gear (Singlet in the fall, Jacket in the winter)

If you are interested in serving as a Group Run Leader, please select the button below if you would like to sign up as a leader mentor for our upcoming session.


Training Blog

Follow our training group, get some pointers, and learn about our wonderful running community!


Upcoming Training Group Runs

Come join TCTC Training for a group run! Our runs are led by experienced TCTC Run Leaders who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love of running with runners of all levels and paces. Routes are selected throughout the Traverse City area and will differ in length depending on the individual runner and the planned workout of the day. New runners are always welcome!