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We know that getting started running can be difficult, intimidating, or even too expensive.

We also know that it doesn't have to be that way.

Still I Run x The Well Being

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Running is a valuable tool to help manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. In fact, studies show that even just 15 minutes of running can reduce the risk of major depression. We know that getting started running can be intimidating or even too expensive. That’s why Still I Run and The Well Being are coming together to offer the Starting Line Scholarship, right here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

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The Scholarship

Get started on your running journey with us.

The scholarship strives to remove any barriers blocking you from running for your mental health, and provide you with the motivation and accountability to keep you going. We’ll provide you with shoes and running gear, coaching, fitness classes, and entry into the Amway River Bank 5K on May 11, 2024. Our goal here is to help get you to the starting line of a lifelong journey of running for your mental health.

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How it Works

Starting February 27 and over the course of 10 weeks, you’ll be working alongside 19 other individuals as you all start your journey of running while actively working on other things that improve your mental health. You, your classmates, and representatives from The Well Being and Still I Run will meet twice weekly to exercise, run, and attend group therapy.

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Fitness Class

On Tuesdays, you’ll meet at The Well Being where a certified fitness instructor will lead a boot-camp style fitness class from 5:45 - 6:15 pm.

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Support Group

On Tuesdays after the fitness class, the mental health group portion starts which will be led by a therapist from The Well Being from 6:15 - 7:15pm.

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Group Runs

On Saturdays, you’ll do group runs with a certified run coach as we all train together for the Amway River Bank Run 5K. Group runs will take place either at The Well Being or Riverside Park!

What You Get

Strength Training Coach

Run Coach

Training Plan

Running Gear (Shirt, Shoes, Shorts, Watch)

Private Facebook Group

Free Entry into the Amway River Bank 5K

Saturday Group Runs

Tuesday Night Fitness Classes

Professional Mental Health Support Group

Pasta Dinner the night before the race!

Who can apply?

Note: Registration for this cohort of the Starting Line Scholarship is Currently Closed. This program is open to anyone in the West Michigan area. Selected participants are required to meet with us twice a week for 10 weeks. Please see the Important Program dates outlined to the right. We are specifically looking for individuals who are not experienced runners (or it’s been a while since you’ve run and need help getting back into it) and are currently struggling to some degree with your mental health. You must also be interested in utilizing running as a tool to help improve your mental health, and able to commit to attending the fitness classes and group runs every week.

Important Program Dates

December 1, 2023- Applications Open

January 18, 2024 - Applications Close

January 25, 2024 - Applicants learn of their status

February 20, 2024 - Orientation

February 26, 2024 - Start of program

February 27, 2024 - Start of Tuesday night classes

March 2, 2024 - Start of Saturday group runs

March 29 - April 5 - SPRING BREAK

May 10, 2024 - Pasta Dinner

May 11, 2024 - Amway River Bank 5K

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