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5K & 10K

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Want to experience more of your abilities and the great outdoors? Take a hike! (with us!) KICK-OFF IS ON JANUARY 22 at 8:30 am at HIGHBANKS METRO PARK.

Looking to get more active and/or getting out in nature? Join the Fleet Feet x HOKA Hiking Club - it's a great way to get active, make new friends and explore some of the wonderful trails in the greater Columbus area. You will also have a training plan with building mileage to train for either a 10K or half marathon hike plus the added accountability of scheduled group hikes.


When can I start:

Group hikes will be kicking off for the winter session on January 22, but you can join any time!
What do I get?

  • Accountability of having a group to hike with in the winter

  • Time with new friends in nature

  • Printable training schedule - we'll have training plans for a spring hike of either 10K (6.2 miles) or half marathon (13.1 Miles)

  • Hiking Club winter beanie

  • Discounted race entry to a new spring hike at Rocks & Roots Trail (alum creek state park) 

  • Opportunity to explore local parks/trails with the group 

  • Weekly motivational and educational coaching emails. 

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

  • Exclusive demo opportunities for HOKA shoes and products

  • Fleet Feet Discount – 10% off everything, plus 10% back in rewards through the Fleet Feet App.

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

When are the workouts? 

The group hosts two organized workouts per week: 


  • Thursday evenings at 6:30 at Highbanks Metro Park

  • Sunday mornings at 8:30am at an area park - generally in the Columbus/Powell area that will be communicated upon registration.    

What do I need to get started?


  • A desire to get moving!

  • Warm, layered clothing for Columbus winter weather

  • Lights for Thursday evening hikes (could be flashlight or headlamp)

  • Getting properly fit for trail shoes is a good idea but that can wait until after our first hike



  Please contact us:!


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.

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