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Want to experience more of your abilities and the great outdoors? Take a hike! (with us!)

Partnered with HOKA x Fleet Feet Columbus, we have training plan options for those wanting to see what they can accomplish on the trail and within themselves. We will help you find a goal hike AND give you the tools to make it a wonderful experience. Let's go exploring!

What do I get?
Besides camaraderie, knowledge, new friends and a winter beanie, you will have a printable training plan that best suits you. You will follow the plan during the club meet-ups as well as on your own. This will include group led hikes on Sundays and Thursdays beginning January 22, 2023. Locations will generally be in the Columbus/Worthington/Powell area and will be communicated upon registration. Plan on mud, snow and cold! 

Your trailblazers leading the way are:

Deirdre Pifer

Deirdre's journey with Fleet Feet began in 2014 as a beginner in the No Boundaries 5k program. She then became a mentor for the group and also joined MIT. She has completed distances from 5k to 50k in the last 9 years. Her love of trail running and hiking has taken her focus from the road and into the forest. Deirdre is an artist, so you may see her out painting after a hike!

Peggy Dunn

Peggy joined MIT in 2018 and has since completed multiple half marathons, a virtual full and a 50k ultra, while finding a wonderful community of running friends. An avid hiker, Peggy loves visiting National Parks and is looking forward to the 2nd year of the hiking club.

Lynne Johansson

Lynne has been involved with Fleet Feet since 2013 as a participant, volunteer pacer and MIT coach. She enjoys covering long distances and has completed 50k's and a 50 miler. She is enjoying the time in the woods and lots of trail miles to come.


Donna Poland

Donna began with Fleet Feet MIT in June of 2014 in preparation for her second marathon. She started pace coaching in January of 2017. Over the years she has completed a number of road races from 5ks to marathons and numerous trail races from 10k to a 50 miler. She loves the trails in Ohio, being surrounded by nature and also traveling to different states and trails.

Mary Ziejewski

Mary joined the Fleet Feet crew in 2014, participating in the No Boundaries program. Since then she has been a member of MIT, training with and cheering on others preparing for goal races such as the Cap City 1/2. Her enthusiasm for others is most noticeable when volunteering at events. More than the medals, Mary cherishes the friends she has made as a member of the running community.

Robin Rizek

Robin has been with Fleet Feet since 2016. She started as a volunteer pacer in 2018 and has completed over 30 1/2 marathons, a full marathon, two 50k's and is currently training for a 50 miler. she loves being on the trails and hiking. She looks forward to spending time with the hike club, learning about the parks and enjoying the woods with everyone.

When are the hikes? 

The group hosts two organized hikes per week, on Sunday mornings at 9am, and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. Locations vary.

What do I need to get started?

  • A desire to get moving!

  • Warm, layered clothing.

  • Getting properly fit for trailrunning/hiking shoes will certainly help, but that can always wait until after the first workout.

HOKA x Fleet Feet Hiking Club Membership Perks:

  • A training schedule.

  • A Hiking Club beanie.

  • Two structured weekly hikes on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. Locations and times vary. Training duration varies depending on the season.

  • Exclusive demo opportunities for HOKA shoes and products

  • Weekly motivational and educational coaching e-mails. 

  • Curated educational content from the most respected medical professionals in the running and walking community.

  • Unparalleled motivation and the camaraderie of fellow participants with the same training goal!

  • Fleet Feet Discount during training period – 10% off everything