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Running and Racing at a Great Age   

 In-Person Class:  This class will be taught in person, in the classroom at the Vineyard Church.
    Enrollment:  Pandemic protocols may limit the enrollment for this class.
    Registrants will be informed in advance, and a waitlist will be available.

Yikes! “Addicted” to running and racing within a few months of retirement at age 66.5! Evolutionary science and the endurance adaptation – yet needing science to explain how to do this basic human thing. Learning to run can be a challenge and an extraordinary pleasure. Racing opens ways of seeing cities and mountains, visiting other countries, meeting new and mostly younger people including Olympic athletes and legendary coaches. Through running and racing one can learn new things about endurance, the body, success, failure, satisfaction, all in the shadow of mastery of the sport – learning what the body and mind can do amidst personal journeys. The journey in this instance begins in a very nice gym in Cape Town, South Africa in 2010, lopes through the Boston Marathon a few times, and proceeds through the completion of a 56-mile trail race in Mora, Sweden in 2019. This running – it is “addictive.” And, perhaps, healthy.

David William Cohen, 79, of Ann Arbor, began running, and then racing, after retirement from the University of Michigan in 2010. Since 2011 he has run 38 marathons and 3 ultramarathons (ultra=over 26.2m). He is still learning how little he really understands about running long distances.


  • Running and Racing at a Great Age
    Dates: 1/26/2023 - 1/26/2023

  • ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED. If you are trying to register the day before this class starts or the day of the class, please email or call the office. This close to the class start date, we need to register you over the phone and provide you with any important information and send you the Zoom Link if the class in online. Thank you!
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