Playmakers

Mission

The Playmakers Fitness Foundation (PFF) is committed to the wellness of the Mid-Michigan community. We will work to empower people to adopt and sustain a healthier and more active lifestyle by providing: OPPORTUNITIES for people to move more and EDUCATIONAL programs that train people to move better.


Initiatives

Good Form Running Logo

Good Form Running (GFR) is a simple to understand technique for running healthier, easier and faster. GFR is a product of years of teaching clinics, studying running philosophies, and personal meetings with some of the greatest running minds. Instead of a complex biomechanical analysis, GFR focuses on four simple, essential steps focused on running light and running easy. With simplicity as a primary focus, GFR has positively impacted thousands of runners since 2006.

Good Form Walking LogoBased on the findings from the development of GFR, combined with further discussion, exploration, practice and implementation, Good Form Walking (GFW) evolved as a method to help walkers of all ages and abilities move forward more efficiently and healthier. Learning the three simple components of GFW can help people to walk without injury, with a well-balanced stride and with renewed vigor. GFW instruction has helped hundreds of people walk better, farther, and more frequently!

  

Good Form Movement LogoAvoiding and overcoming injuries is essential for people to Move More and Move Better. Through research and discovery Good Form Movement (GFM) was developed to address the most common overuse injuries by introducing proper stretching and strengthening exercises to improve flexibility and imbalances. By understanding the differences between static and dynamic stretching and learning strengthening exercises targeting the core, glutes, upper leg, lower leg, foot, and ankle participants will be empowered to stay active longer.

 

With the Kids Running Club the PFF has teamed with townships and school districts across Mid-Michigan to introduce Good Form Running to K-12 children. The partnership with townships is structured as a multi-week program where kids learn GFR and then explore park trails. In the schools, the PFF trains physical education staff on the basics of Good Form Running and provides them with teaching materials and a curriculum for successful implementation in their schools.

 
The Senior Striders program is designed to get older adults motivated to walk for exercise. The PFF conducts Good Form Walking clinics at senior centers, senior living facilities and AARP gatherings. Most times, our presentation becomes the kick off event for in-house walking clubs or fitness initiatives. 

 

Premier Events

Lake Lansing Team Marathon logoLake Lansing Team Marathon: One of only two foundation fundraising events, the the Team Marathon challenges each member of teams of five runners to run a 5.2 mile loop around Lake Lansing. Held in August, the race and it’s participants truly epitomize community, teamwork, fitness and fun!

 

The Autumn Classic: The center-piece race since 1992 is also a fundraiser for Michigan Area 8 Special Olympics. This event features an 8k run/walk, one and two mile walks and kids races with the beautiful backdrop of Lake Lansing in the third weekend of September.   

Community Outreach


  • Team Playmakers' Women’s Couch to 5K
  • Team Playmakers' Any Distance/Any Pace Training Team
  • Team Playmakers' Triathlon Training Team
  • Community Partners in Health Winter Warm-up
  • Community Partners in Health Walking in Our Community series
  • Ingham County Wellness Program
  • The North Face Fun Runs (benefiting Ingham and Eaton County Parks along with Fenner Nature Center)
  • Chieftain Challenge
  • Women's Wellness Alliance
  • Elementary School Field Days