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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 LMCU Bridge Run 5K on September 15, 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 June 24 and over the course of 12 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 LMCU Bridge Run 5K. 

What You Get

Strength Training Coach

Run Coach

Training Plan

Running Gear (Shirt, Shoes, Shorts, Watch)

Private Facebook Group

Free Entry into the LMCU Bridge Run 5K

Saturday Group Runs

Tuesday Night Fitness Classes

Professional Mental Health Support Group

Celebratory Brunch after the race!

Who can apply?

This program is open to anyone in the West Michigan area. Selected participants are required to meet with us twice a week for 12 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

May 1, 2024- Applications Open

May 22, 2024 - Applications Close

May 29, 2024 - Applicants learn of their status

June 18, 2024 - Orientation

June 24, 2024 - Start of program

June 25, 2024 - Start of Tuesday night classes

June 29, 2024 - Start of Saturday group runs

September 15, 2024 - LMCU Bridge Run 5K and Celebratory Brunch!

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