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'Tis The Season...For Partnerships

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

It's that time of year when the Playmakers Fitness Foundation solidifies partnerships for 2018. We are very fortunate to team up with so many like minded companies to expand programming which meets our mission of helping the mid Michigan area Move More and Move Better!

We have an exciting 2018 planned but there are a few programs that we're still looking for partners to help us provide opportunities for youth, seniors and adults. If you are interested in exploring the possibilities of working with the PFF, please contact us!

PFF Fall 2017 Update

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The crisp fall air didn’t hit until mid-October as summer heat and dry weather was the story through September. The unseasonable temperatures meant lots of smiling faces and happy runners and walkers!

Fall also brings three of the Premier Events for the Playmakers Fitness Foundation and a busy season of school initiatives, Corporate Move More's and Kids Running Clubs.

Capital City River Run Corporate Challenge: The Corporate Challenge organized by the PFF had a record number of teams (26) participate. The list of teams was a “who’s who” of area businesses who have made fun, fitness and community involvement a priority! The PFF is thankful for the support of Ryan Haughey from the University Club and Kim Hafley from Foster Swift as well as Creative Wellness, Peak Performance, and Starbucks. Working together, the Hospitality area was a premium experience for all.

Playmakers Autumn Classic: Celebrating it’s 25th anniversary, this family tradition saw close to 1000 runners run/walk the beautiful course around Lake Lansing and finish in Lake Lansing Park North. The best part of the day was over $25,000 was raised Area 8 Special Olympics. That pushes the total amount raised to over $250,000 over the years.

Hoka Halloween Hustle: Once again 200 participants had spooky fun running through pumpkin patches, corn fields, woods and orchards at Uncle John’s Cider Mill. The PFF is so very thankful to the sponsors Orange Insoles and Hoka and for everything that Dede Beck and Uncle John’s does to make this a fantastic event.

Corporate Move More’s: The PFF partnered with two great companies, Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) and Consumers Energy to present the goal events to their two employee health initiatives. By taking the event to their own chosen sites, these companies removed hurdles for getting their employees involved!

Kid’s Running Clubs: With the generous support of Physicians Health Plan (PHP), programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, St. Vincent’s Home for Children and Meridian Township kicked off their Fall sessions. These clubs prove that walking and running are the most accessible forms of exercise for kids and adults!

K-12 School Fundraising Support: Event truck support was given to a full schedule of schools this fall. Besides helping create a fun and energetic atmosphere for thousands of kids, the most exciting part was watching the schools raise close to $50,000! Schools Rule!

Blue Cross Blue Shield & PFF Partner Again for Winter Warm Up

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Playmakers Fitness Foundation are again joining forces in 2017 to offer communities the Blue Cross Winter Warm Up program.

This free couch to 5K program is designed to motivate sedentary community members and families and give them a guided, structured opportunity to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The program is modeled after the successful Team Playmakers Couch to 5K program offered by Playmakers in Okemos.

The eight-week program includes two weekly one-hour sessions with certified Good Form Running and Walking coaches. Participants will receive a weekly e-newsletter with training and nutrition information. The 15 instructional sessions will lead up to an open to the public finale event and celebration at Hawk Island in Lansing on Sunday March 26, 2017.

The participating communities include Charlotte, Delta, Grand Ledge, Lansing, Meridian Township, Delhi, East Lansing and St. Johns.

Contact the PFF for more details about this fantastic program. Thank you Blue Cross!

PFF Summer 2017 Update

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Two Premier Events, the Bring Back the Mile and the Lake Lansing Team Relay, along with the Summer Trail Series In My Big Green Gym of three 5K’s and the Okemos Youth Summer Track program filled the Summer 2017 schedule.

Bring Back the Mile: Sponsored by Physicians Health Plan (PHP) with food donated by Jimmy John’s, the BBM event was a glorious night for close to 200 athletes. The event was kicked off with a youth meet that featured a 400 Meter run and field events which was part of the Okemos Youth Summer Track program.

Summer Trail Series In My Big Green Gym: New sponsor mParks, in cooperation with the DNR and Blue Cross Blue Shield, helped support the three great 5K events. Dewitt Area Running Team hosted the June event at Dewitt HS. Their volunteers and well groomed course makes this a popular spot for the summer event. In July, Ingham County Parks, and their fantastic staff hosted the event at Lake Lansing Park North. The participants were treated to a true trail run! The series was wrapped up at Sleepy Hollow State Park. According to the many comments we got, Sleepy Hollow was a pleasant discovery for local runners and walkers. Meijer generously donated the post event food each month.

Lake Lansing Team Relay: With a theme of “Summer by the lake”, the 2017 was an overwhelming success. A great course and a unique setting help attract more and more teams every year. New this year, instead of offering a standard post race snack, participants were able to make s’mores by a fire (OK, grill). No doubt a new tradition has been started!

Okemos Summer Youth Track Program: 90+ kids signed up for an introduction to track and field events and an opportunity for kids to take part in general fitness activities in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. The 5-week, 10 session program was a success in terms of both number of registrants AND happy families!

PFF Spring 2017 Update

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kid’s Running Clubs: Physicians Health Plan (PHP) has signed on to partner with the PFF to further develop and promote all youth running and walking programming for the PFF. This spring saw the kick off of our programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, St. Vincent’s Home for Children and Meridian Township. We’ve also laid the groundwork for the start of a new Summer Youth Track program in Okemos.

Corporate Health and Wellness Advocates Forum: 34 mid-Michigan companies joined the PFF for the first ever Corporate Health and Wellness Advocates Forum in March at the University Club. The focus of the forum was “How to engage employees through walking and running programs and events. The response was extremely positive and it was exciting to see the number of companies represented by engaged and motivated Health and Wellness Advocates!

Good Form Month: Good Form turned 11 years old and the PFF and Playmakers celebrated in June with a full schedule of events focusing on Good Form Running, Walking and Movement. Events included the 100,000 step Challenge, Good Form Cross Training (GFXT), Good Form Fun Run 5K and numerous Good Form Running and Walking clinics at Playmakers and throughout the community.

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