History of the 501 Running Club

501 Running Club traces its origin back to 2002 when the Running Fit store in Ann Arbor, Michigan established the original “501 Half and Full Marathon Program.” Kathleen Gina, who founded her own long distance training program in Ann Arbor in 1998, became the program’s coach and led the program under its original slogan “Running should be fun for the fit and not-so-fit.” 

Building on the success of the 501 program in Ann Arbor, Steven Angerman and Randy Step of Running Fit decided to expand the program to their Novi and Northville stores. In June 2008, Doug Goodhue (“Silver Bullet”) and Suzi Stock, RRCA and USATF certified coaches, took the helm of the “Running Fit Novi/Northville 501 Training Team,” and lead the program through 17 successful winter and summer seasons with the help of Assistant Coaches Lee Mamola and Cindy Goodhue.  The group became the “501 Running Club” in January 2017.

501 Running Club is a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and is a subsidiary 501(c)(3) non-profit club under the auspices of the RRCA.