BEGIN TO WIN - 5K Training Program

Winter 2017
5k Training Program
RACE DAY - MARCH 25, 2017

Set Goals & Achieve Them!

Begin to Win is more than just a training program.  It is a family of runners, coaches and community that wants to see you succeed.  

If you or someone you know have the desire to start running, become more physically active or needs help meeting a running fitness goal then this is the program for you!

Whether you are just starting out, or are coming back after a layoff, our supportive and encouraging certified coaches and fellow Begin to Win graduates will be thereto guide you every step of the way.
Begin to Win- Spring 2015 kickoff
Begin To Win
Change your Life

Now is the time to make a change, take control of your health and find your inner athlete.
This could also be the time that you give this gift to a friend by suggesting they give running a try. 

Don't wait! Join our winter Begin to Win training program and make the commitment to you. 

No matter what your current fitness level, we can help you reach your goal!  


Saturday, January 14th, 2017 - 8:00 am 

CLICK HERE to register for one of our upcoming information sessions where you can meet the coaches, ask questions and find out why hundreds of runners began their running career with our Begin to Win training program.

Training Topics Covered
  • How to safely begin a running program that will last a lifetime.
  • How to set realistic and attainable goals.
  • Why it is important to get properly fit for your running shoes.
  • Tips on winter running and dealing with the cold.
  • How to choose the right clothes based on the season.
  • Proper running etiquette, Good Form Running Class.
  • Cross Training & Stretching, Injury Prevention.
  • How to stay mentally focused when training gets tough.
  • What to expect on race day and how to set yourself up for success.
  • What to do after the program is over to keep you moving forward and running strong.
Registration includes the following
  • Race registration to Just A Short Run 5k on March 25, 2017
  • 10 week detailed training schedule with day by day goals
  • 2 Weekly Group Runs with lots of Motivation & Support
    • Tuesday's at 6:30 pm
    • Saturday mornings at 8:00 am
  • Certified Coach to guide you every step of the way
  • Weekly updates to keep you on track
  • 15% off regular priced shoes and apparel throughout the program*
  • 15% off regular priced accessories and nutrition throughout the program*
  • 15% off bike accessories and apparel throughout the program.
  • 10% off bikes 
    • *Exclusions apply, see store for details
  • Exclusive Good Form Running Class
  • Pair of Feetures Elite socks ($15 value)
  • Begin to Win tech training shirt included ($20 value)

All sessions will be in our Robinson location

Date:  Saturday, Dec 17th - 11:00 am
Date:  Wednesday, Dec 28th - 6:30 pm
Date: TBA
CLICK HERE to register for one of the upcoming information sessions where you can meet the coaches, ask questions and find out why hundreds of runners began their running career with our Begin to Win training program.

NEW DISCOUNTS from our amazing partners this year

Over the past 12 months, our friends at Faster have helped us immensely with our cross training through their excellent EFX classes. Now they are taking it to the next level with 2 great discounts for us.
Option 1
The Complete Package - They are offering all registered participants 50% off on a 4 month all inclusive cross training program that includes 16 personal training sessions over 4 months, 1 massage a month and unlimited EFX classes for the entire 4 months. Normally $1200 but will be discounted to $600. 
Option 2
20 class card - They are offering all registered participants 50% off their drop in EFX class rate. Drop in is $20/class and they are offering us $10/class on a 20 class punch card.  
Please Note: Both offers are good at either their Robinson or South Pointe locations.

Every runner will have the opportunity for a discount membership (and no initiation fee) to the Western Area YMCA for the duration of the training program. $28/month will allow full access to the facility during the winter for all classes and equipment. When the weather gets nasty, this could be just the ticket to keep your training on track. This discount is a savings of $111 over 4 months. Membership also allows for access to any YMCA in Pennsylvania.  

Our friends at Downey's House in Robinson are offering all registered participants 15% off all food and non-alcoholic beverages for the duration of the training program.
More partners are being added regularly so be sure to check back for new offers.

  • EARLY BIRD: $75 (until December 31st)
  • REGULAR REGISTRATION: $85 (Begins January 1st)

Head Coach - Bobbi Jo Wendel

Bobbi Jo began running in November 2013. She had a goal to run a half marathon (with no prior history of running).  She was starting to train on her own, but found it to be difficult using the Couch to 10k program she found online. She started to come to  group runs with Elite Runners & Walkers that December to help her train and hasn't stopped running since.  Beginning in the fall of 2014 she joined the Elite Runners staff and began Coaching the Begin to Win training program.  In the summer of 2015 Bobbi Jo became an RRCA Certified Running Coach.  

Her story and constant motivation are an inspiration to everyone she trains and she will be there for you every step of the way. She will be there to answer questions, give feedback and be your cheerleader the whole way.  To date, Bobbi Jo has run a marathon, 19 half marathons and numerous 5k, 10k's and many Obstacle Course Trail Races.     

Assistant Coach - Rebecca Henke

Becca started running October 2012 using a Couch to 5K app and completed her first 5K that December.  She decided to run her first half marathon,  the Pittsburgh Half in 2013. After completing Pittsburgh 2013, she was looking for more support and joined Elite Runners training group to prepare for 2014 Pittsburgh Half Marathon.  She has overcome various injuries and realized the importance of training healthy and will guide others to do the same through their journey.

Becca completed her first marathon and sprint triathlon in 2015. Her next adventure is to push her limits by competing in an open water swim sprint triathlon this August.  

Runs are never dull - you will have your own Karaoke party - Becca takes requests!

Contact Coach Bobbi Jo

Do you have a question for coach Bobbi Jo?  She would be more than happy to speak with  you and discuss the program and answer any questions you may have.  Email her at:
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