(BOULDER) May 13, 2017 – The Lydiard Foundataion, Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon, Running Lab, and Gazelle Sports are pleased to announce a partnership to bring personalized training programs to runners training for the Full Marathon, International Half-Marathon, U.S.-Only Half-Marathon, Marathon Relay and 5K.
Based upon the Lydiard® Method, developed by internationally-acclaimed Master Coach Arthur Lydiard, participants will be able to train with local certified coaches via training groups managed by Gazelle Sports and Running Lab.
“Partnering with Lydiard® Foundation, Running Lab and Gazelle Sports gives our race participants the opportunity to train with local community members and certified coaches,” said Barbara Bennage, Executive Race Director, Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon. “We are excited for this partnership, as this type of coaching and comradery of group training runs will help our participants have their best race yet.”
“Today, there are a multitude of plans, information and advice on how to run a half or full marathon,” said Chris Lampen-Crowell, owner of Gazelle Sports. “The Lydiard® Method is based on the building blocks of 5 specific phases and a highly-personalized plan for each runner’s fitness level, history, health and goals, and is delivered on a simple digital platform called The Running Wizard.”
“Our training teams are organized and grouped by pace with certified coaching support, so each participant will find a positive training experience that is best suited for them, driven by daily communication and The Lydiard® Method,” said Ken Larscheid, owner of Running Lab.
Arthur Lydiard (1917-2004) was a legendary figure in the sport of running. A native of New Zealand, Lydiard was first a runner and later a coach. His method of coaching and training in phases helped transform the sport and became the basis for what today we call periodization. As one of the great coaches in the world, Lydiard helped popularize running as the commonplace sport it is today.
“Arthur’s principles can be applied to all ages and runner types, from a 16-year-old to a 60+ year old, even an Olympic marathoner, as well as the runner striving to achieve their personal best in beating that 3,4,5 or 6-hour marathon barrier,” said Lorraine Moller, President, Lydiard® Foundation, 1992 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 1984 Boston Marathon Champion.
Gazelle Sports and Running Lab will be hosting Lorraine Moller and Lydiard® Foundation Co-Founder Nobby Hashizume the week of May 15 to provide clinics on the success of utilizing the Lydiard principles. The clinics are for anyone interested in training for a half or full marathon, from a first-time beginner to an elite level athlete.
The Pre-Coaching Certification Course Clinics schedule and locations are:
- Monday, May 15, Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 16, Gazelle Sports Holland, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, May 16, Gazelle Sports Kalamazoo, 6:30-8 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 17, Gazelle Sport Birmingham, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
- Wednesday, May 17, Gazelle Sports Northville, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
- Thursday, May 18, Running Lab Brighton, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Lydiard® Coaching Certification Course May 19 through May 21 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia MI (View details here).