Destination U is the beginner-runner 5k program designed to be a fitness-platform from which anyone can launch themselves, not only into running, but into a new fitness life-style. I’m really proud of that and I’m also really proud of the fact that the 5k program is free.
There are other programs out there, and they charge money, but those programs will miss the person who initially relies on a dollar amount to valuate their own desire to get healthy. In other words, there are lots of people out there who won’t pay for something they’re not sure about, and they’ve been duped before. It isn’t that they think the program isn’t worth the money, they just don’t know and aren’t willing to make a bet they might lose.
On the flip side, it’s hard for people to imagine that a free program could be as good as one that charges $50, $100, or even more for the same duration, much less, that it could be far better. But that is exactly what Destination U is! No other program offers clinics, no other program offers Guest Speakers from the local fitness community, and no other program provides the ease of access for each person, whereever they are in their fitness level. Destination U really is ALL about YOU.
But hold on! There IS a catch.
If we don’t deliver the best program at this free entry level program, there’s no way anyone is coming back for our other paid programs. We are incentivized by your success and the quality of your time with our program.
Still, some folks will have sticker shock when they see that the 10k program is $75, the Half-Marathon program is $100 and the Full Marathon program is $150. Putting that in perspective, other programs in town charge $125 for their 5k program (and remember: ours is free!). To anyone who feels that’s too much, I would say that we have done our best to remove any and all barriers that might prevent a person from joining our program and working hard to reach their fitness goals, but there will always come a point where what you want is going to cost you something. You might as well pay a lower price (than any one else in town) for a better more well-rounded program, but whatever you do, don’t throw money away on fitness-profiteers. Spend your money with those who are invested in your success.
“..There will always come a point where what you want is going to cost you something.”
So WHY are our programs SO much better? What is this tremendous value I keep talking about? Primarily, you’ll be coached by people who know what it’s like to be beginners; the insecurity, the shyness and discomfort of being in new situations, and the fear of the unknown – ‘will the plan work?’, ‘can I really do this?’, ‘what if I’m the slowest one!’. We get you. We ARE you – we’ve just been doing it longer. Those are the “People” you will have in your corner, along with your team-mates. We also have a great program that gently guides the beginner from longer walking and shorter jogging intervals to increased jogging as your fitness grows. That’s our “Plan”. Then, as a team, we sign up for and run (or walk) a 5k, all in line with your goals for the program; maybe you just want to cross the line, maybe you want to walk the entire thing with your friends, maybe you want to run the whole thing – we have you covered!
But wait – there’s more! Destination U is unique in that we reach out to local fitness gyms and bussinesses for guest speakers. We’ve had ultra-marathoners who have run 200+ mile races, Girls on the Run, Zumba and Insanity instructors, Nutritional experts, ..we once had a Run Disney representative come and bring costumes for us to wear on our workout! They are sometimes informative, sometimes inspirational, and always fun! This also serves the dual-purpose of introducing our members to other forms of fitness that just might be a better fit for them or their goals – that’s terrific! If you leave Destination U to join the Tri-Girls of Tucson, Shark Fitness, Boxing Inc., Chuze Fitness, Psychosomatic.. wherever and whatever.. we are thrilled for you to continue your fitness journey as YOU see fit and we are honored to have been part of your journey!
On top of guest speakers, we offer clinics to help you practice a more efficient running form, clinics to help you stay safe while you’re out getting your workouts, and what you need to know about fueling and hydrating during your workouts and races. No-one else gives you that.
Also, when you consider that each participant fee generates a $5 donation to Team Hoyt Arizona to support familes and kids who want to race in our local running community, you get to be part of giving back in a very special and meaningful way. What an incredibly powerful thing to take part in the joy of others!
As you can see, Destination U is committed to kindness, giving, and encouragement, and we are committed to helping you achieve your fitness goals while inspiring you to be the best version of yourself you can be. We do whatever we can to remove the obstacles that are holding you back, but we can only do so much, the rest is going to be up to you! Please consider joining Destination U today – we would be truly honored to be part of your journey!
Destination U – the best place to start!