The Traverse City Track Club presents a new series of 8-week running classes for all levels of runners. “2017 Spring Running” starts Tuesday, April 4 and will meet weekly through Saturday, May 27 in Traverse City.

The classes are created and instructed by Ross Deye, a life-long runner and award-winning running coach in Traverse City. In 2012, Deye was inducted into the Ohio Association of Cross Country and Track Hall of Fame. His “PlanPeaks” running program, which Deye created in 1984, has had success with over 600 runners.

“We are excited to have Ross Deye, one of our hardest working volunteer board members, offer his time and expertise to our local running community”, says Lisa Taylor, Executive Director of the Traverse City Track Club. “His wealth of knowledge and over 40 years of coaching experience has helped hundreds of people become life-long runners.”

The Traverse City Track Club Spring Training Program is a great way to connect with other people and train with runners of all experience and skill levels. For both seasoned athletes and first-time runners, the program is individualized based on goals, whether to get faster, run further or just feel better. While targeted for the club’s own May 27 Bayshore races—Marathon, Half, and 10K—this program prepares participants for other local races during the spring and early summer.

With each program, participants receive a comprehensive 8-week training plan designed to fit individualized needs, in addition to twice weekly organized group training runs. Group pacers will be utilized to assist runners in meeting their goals. The class is appropriate for persons of all ages and abilities. Participants will need: 1) a good pair of running shoes, 2) a watch with a timing mode, 3) the desire to stick with a plan in order to race at your best. There are 16 Levels of Training based on how many days per week one plans to run, and how many minutes one plans to average per run on those days.

“This is a proven, simplistic, training program for distance runners of all ages and paces with the focus on reaching their maximum performance by a specific date regardless of pace,“ Deye says.

The first class meets on Tuesday night April 4 at 5:30 p.m. inside Right Brain Brewery on 16th Street in Traverse City. The cost of the class is $40 for each 8-week session and includes both the Tuesday 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. runs at various locations in and around Traverse City. Additional program information can be found at

An informational program will be held at 5 p.m. before the first class on April 4 also inside Right Brain Brewery.

More information is available by contacting Coach Ross Deye at or 231-944-4034. Registration is open now online.

“Coach Deye took me from running zero miles a week and no regular exercise at the beginning of January 2015, to a half marathon on March 21, 2015. I only ran 4 days a week and had no injuries,” says past participant Jennifer Dietz, age 42.

–Press release provided by Traverse City Track Club

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