The Workout Group (WOG)
The Workout Group (WOG)

Running smarter, stronger and happier since 1997

  • Where:  Reid Park Baseball Fields (behind the Concert Hall):  Take Concert Hall Way into the park from Country Club, turn left on Bucky Steele Rd., follow Bucky Steele to the right until you find runners.
  • When:  Tuesday & Thursday nights at 6 PM.  (Warm-up jog on your own at 5:45)
  • Why:  The Workout Group provides its athletes with a safe and fun environment for running.  Each workout is planned with the runners' goals and abilities in mind.  Our workouts are periodized so they build on each other, increasing fitness levels consistently over time.  
  • Who:  All types of runners with some prior running experience are welcome to join WOG.  We have runners training for 5k's and 50 milers (and everything in between).  Most of our athletes come for the workouts but stay because of the incredible group support and the pure joy of running hard with friends.
  • How:  If you would like to give WOG a try, come on out!  We like new folks to visit a few times before deciding if WOG is a good fit.  Once you have made the comittment, we ask our runners to donate $150 for the year, $85 per semester, or $20 per month.  We also offer individual coaching packages and personalized training plans (see individual coaching for more details).
  • Workouts:  Our workouts range from 2-6 miles in duration and include hill circuits, tempo runs, and intervals.  If you are training for a specific event, we will do our best to accomodate your needs and help you build to a peak performance.  If you are just starting to get to know your running self, we will encourage you to take your time and build gradually.  Running is a fantastic journey and you don't want to rush through any part of it.

Coach Randy Accetta:  Randy started the Workout Group in 1997 and has been it's fearless (sometimes frenetic) leader ever since.  In his hay day Randy ran for Wesleyan College, spent time running track professionally in Europe, wrote for Runner's World, and ultimately ran a 2:19:25 marathon to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials.  Currently, Randy is the Director of Coaching Education for the Roadrunner's Club of America (RRCA) and Race Director for the Saguaro Labor Day 8 Miler, Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon & 5k, Sunrise at Old Tucson, Be Tucson Women's 5k, and the Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run.  Randy can also be found running and meeting people at the free running/walking events: Meet Me at Maynard's on Mondays and coming soon, Meet Me Wednesday's at St. Phillip's Plaza.

Coach Tia Accetta:  Tia has been taking on more of the coaching responsibilities at WOG as she trains for her goal of running a sub-2:43 marathon and attempts to manage the Accetta household.  Tia is an RRCA Certified Coach with 20 years of competitive running experience.  She started running with WOG in 2004.  Since then, Tia has won the Running Shop Grand Prix (2010 & 2012) and competed as an “elite” athlete in the Chicago, Twin Cities, Cal International and St. Louis Marathons.  Tia specializes in writing marathon programs focused on running a BQ or beyond!  Contact: tia@runtucson.net  

Coach Michelle Hawk:  Michelle is an RRCA certified coach and an ultra running champion.  She's been running and competing since high school.  Michelle enjoys hitting the trails and is known for her wisdom, leadership and guidance on group trail running adventures.  If you are interested in training for an ultra marathon, ask Michelle!  Contact: savingcritters@gmail.com

Coach Doreen Castillo Davis:  Doreen is an RRCA certified coach, SAR board member, and the team "Nana."  At age 50, Doreen is a wife, mother, grandmother and competitive runner.   After running for 35+ years and qualifying for the Boston Marathon a couple of times, Doreen is happiest now running for fun and fitness.  If you have any questions about juggling life and running, ask Doreen!  Contact: dycastillo@hotmail.com

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