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Become a Runner


The YMCA joins Well-U for an 8-week training program designed to help new runners prepare safely and efficiently for a 5k. YMCA coaches will lead you through a gradual progression of walking and jogging that will transform you from someone who has never run before to someone who will confidently complete a 5k.

Program includes:

  • Weekly group runs/training sessions*
  • YMCA guest passes
  • Motivational training emails

*Weekly group training sessions are held outside, so come prepared with sneakers and appropriate workout attire for the weather. Well-U and the YMCA are not responsible for personal belongings.

Spring Dates & Locations

Dates and locations will be announced in February, 2018

Program eligibility & fee:

All regular full and part-time University of Rochester faculty and staff are eligible to participate. Employees will register for Become a Runner through the YMCA website. Participants will pay out-of-pocket for the full cost of the program up-front and will be reimbursed by Well-U 100% of the cost after completing 7 of the 8 weekly in-person group training sessions. The reimbursement will be loaded into the employee's paycheck within 1-2 pay periods after program completion. Program cost is $48. This does not include entry to the 5k run of your choice at the end of the program.

Failure to attend a minimum of 7 sessions will result in no reimbursement. Refunds will not be issued.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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