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Go WOW Team. Your Lifelong, Lifestyle Walk Run Fitness Club.

Welcome to our running, walking, lifelong community of fit women. Welcome to Go WOW Team!

Welcome to Go WOW Team

With fitness, friendship, and fun as our goal, Go WOW Team comprises some awesome women. Currently ranging in age from 20’s – 70’s we are many sizes, many shapes, and many abilities.

What do we have in common?

We are all women and we all strive to be our best. Many of us have never trained before or are returning after MANY years away.

Go WOW Team Rocks

Some of us walk for fitness. Some of us mix walking and running. Some of us are pretty serious runners and are training to improve our times. Most of us participate in a race once in a while.

I started Go WOW Team to bring fitness, through running, walking, and the outdoors, to women everywhere. WOW provides:

  • Safety
  • Organization
  • Professional Coaching
  • Accountability
  • Fun
  • Friendship and
  • Opportunity for you to explore your athletic potential
    with a like minded group of supportive women

Live too far away to join our neighborhood workouts? Go WOW Team provides virtual coaching to women throughout the world! We also can help you start your own neighborhood group, with direction and support from me, Coach Stephanie.

Now is the time to make this happen!

Join us soon for a neighborhood workout or a virtual coaching session.
We are here to help you find your “Athlete Within”.
There is no better time than right now to get started!

Go WOW Team!

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Meet and Greet Go WOW Team. Free Introduction and Orientation

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This super cool gate offers an entrance to Bella Vista Park, hidden away in a secret spot in Oakland. Join Stephanie Atwood in a group workout here in the near future. All are welcome. Photo by Olivia Destandau

Go WOW Team offers an introductory meeting and orientation

four times a year for women who would like to learn more or newcomers who joined in-between training programs.

This event is not to sell you on Go WOW Team. It is intended to orient you to the workings of the club; help you get familiarized with the resources, goals, staff, etc.


  • Bella Vista Park
  • Sat. Sept 19
  • 10:00 – 11:00
  • Free

Since our club operates year-round and new members join all the time, some of you may not have all the details or may want to check in before joining.

Join us for this event if you ARE ALREADY a new member and never participated in an orientation or if you are THINKING of becoming a member and want to understand the details.

Go WOW Team is a year-round, all women’s workout club. We run, run-walk, and walk. We want you to join us!

Whether you are trying to qualify to run the Boston Marathon or want to walk for fitness, Go WOW Team accommodates both and many levels in-between. We are not in the running business; we are here for women’s empowerment.

What does women’s empowerment look like? With Go WOW we see physical movement as an essential part of a healthy life:

• We have skilled coaches to take you to whatever athletic level you want to achieve.

• We are organized so you can count on regular workouts every week

• We keep each other accountable so when you don’t show up we notice

• We allow many paces and accommodate many abilities. And…age is not an issue

• We choose certain events each year to train for but racing is not essential

• We are the lifelong fitness group of women that want to empower all women to find their athletic potential.

If you are a member already, please join us for this orientation to familiarize yourself with the inner workings of this club.

If you are not already a member, this is a free orientation to the way this club functions. We want you to understand how awesome this group really is.

Now, just RSVP on meetup and join us, either at 9AM for a free workout or at 10:00 for the orientation, or both.

As head coach and founder of this wonderful group, Go WOW Team, I look forward to sharing the secrets of “The Best Run Club in the Bay Area” – as voted by ABC7 Poll.

P.S. We are also famous for our run/walk program and our fitness walkers.

For more information about Go WOW Team (voted Best Run Club in the Bay Area) or Go WOW Living please contact us at our websites. Thank You.

Ready to BAWRF?

Race for Money and Points. The Bay Area Women’s Racing Federation is Official

web_BackSpecifically geared to racing in the USATF Sponsored Series that offers money and points to qualifying teams. Any woman may join us who loves to compete. You don’t have to be a WOW Member because this group will require separate, individual membership and annual team membership and insurance through USATF (United States Track and Field).

Group information is available at There is a lot of information on the PAUSATF site, too. We list ourselves as BAWRF or Bay Area Women’s Racing Federation.



A Mixed Blessing to Train for and Complete a Race.

Coach Pep Talk from Stephanie Atwood

It is such a mixed blessing to train for and complete a race.

If you didn’t live up to your expectations, you deal with a bit of a let-down because your opportunity for that particular race is now gone. If you performed at your expectation or better, now it’s over. What’s next?

This analogy with life always helps me stay close to the moment. All of our “moments” are fleeting. When they are wonderful it is important to take another few moments to appreciate them. When they are not so great, it is certainly a time for acceptance and evaluation. When our “moments” are unfortunate or even tragic, it too is a time for contemplation and learning. Throughout our lives, we will have many moments and many varied experiences. This, we all know.

From participating in training with all of you and completing our race together I want to share how much better the experience was because I was able to share it with you! Cheering each other on before the race began, and watching you as you finished, created a much deeper experience than if I had been participating solo. And, knowing what we had shared along the way to get to the starting line, was also special, and unique.

Life is a bit like a race, isn’t it? Strive for your best. Share your struggles and victories. Savor the experience. Move on. Live!

Coach Stephanie

Check out the wonderful photos shared from this week’s race at See Jane Run on our gowowliving facebook page.

Photo taken by Allison Hickey. Thank you

Knee pain and UCSF Research

To Whom It May Concern,

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Stretch! Don’t forget!
My name is Nicola Cashman and I am a Clinical Research Coordinator at UCSF, working with Dr. Anthony Luke.  We are currently running a study for active individuals between the ages of 30 and 50 who are suffering from unilateral knee pain due to Osteoarthritis.

I am reaching out to you to find out if you think anybody in your running club may be interested.  From our experience, individuals suffering from this problem do not have many options other than physical therapy and dealing with the regular pain can be quite frustrating.

I have attached a flier for you to take a look at; if you have any questions feel free to ask.  Dr. Luke is also always happy to answer any questions that you may have.

If you think there will be interest, please feel free to email the flier to members or post it on your facecbook page.  I am also happy to come to some of your runs if you think anybody would be interested in speaking with me.

Please let me know your thoughts and thank you so much!


Nicola Cashman, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator
University of California, San Francisco
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery – Sports Medicine

(415) 514-6120

Random Races and Events

Christmas Relay finish by Ann RGo WOW Team is happy to post upcoming random races and fitness event. These events are not part of our organization and are posted as a community service. If you have an event for us, please send the information in the format below to and we will do our best to get it on the roster!

August 11, 2012 – Garin Regional Park, Hayward – Run in the Park 

The 2012 Schedule is:
9/15 Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley
9/29 Redwood Regional Park, Oakland Hills
10/13 Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline, Richmond Fees: Early Bird: $28 thru 30 days prior, Pre-Reg: $31 thru Wed. prior, Race Day: $35

Saturday August 25 – Pacifica Coastal 5K Run and Walk Festival 9-2:30pm

Aug 26, 2012 – Santa Rosa Marathon / Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run –

Sept 9, 2012 – Feather River Falls 1 mile and 5K

Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day

Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 HERS Keep abreast 5K/10K Run Walk

Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 Peak Hike with Breast Cancer Fund, Mt. Tamalpais $10 off use discount code seejane

October 7, 2012 – San Jose Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon

October 21, 2012 – Humboldt Redwoods Half and Full Marathon

November 10, 2012 Mermaid 5K, 10K –!__san-francisco

November 11, 2012 Malibu Marathon, Half Marathon and Supathlon – /

November 18, 2012 – The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon in Tampa, Florida. Coach Stephanie is running this.

Sunday, December 2, 2012 – CIM Marathon Relay Challenge – $120 per team through August 1 – This is a WOW Team Annual Event. Join a team soon!

Saturday, December 8, 2012 – Walnut Creek Half Marathon and 5K

Sunday, March 24, 2013 – The Oakland Run Fest

Go WOW Team Update Celebrate National Run Day

New Member Meet and Greet plus See Jane Run PepTalk immediately after our workout this Sunday.Name these 2 WOW Members!

Go WOW Women run rain or shine! I know who these ladies are and miss seeing them at our Go WOW Team Workouts! Come out soon Heidi and Andrea, please?Celebrate National Running Day on June 3 with Go WOW Team.

Just the details, every other week.

  • Get your first medal for The WOW Team Challenge just by participating in one workout. Just show up!
  • Need the WOW Team Challenge Form? Here it is!
  • View your workouts online, on the website by joining our team on Strava. You don’t have to be a WOW Team Member to list your workouts,  just join our Go WOW Team Strava Challenge Go WOW is going national!
  • Sign up and make plans for the Big Sur 5K and Half Marathon now. Go WOW Team will be there!

For Reference:

WOW Team Website and Members Only Area – sign up, learn more, subscribe to the Weekly Pep Talk and

Please RSVP to all workouts at Meetup This is where you find details on each workout and event and will also be notified from this list if we have to cancel a workout

The Winners’ Circle Members Only Facebook Page – you must be invited to join this private group but it’s well worth it! Please join Facebook if you haven’t and LIKE my personal page. I’ll invite you at that point. Thanks! 

Go WOW Living and Go WOW Team Facebook Pages – open to anyone. Full of good stuff and encourages everyone to like us and post

New member’s Health and Fitness Goals One on One with Coach Stephanie. Schedule your free 50 minute appointment here .

This Week with WOW Details for all of these events are on Meetup

  • Wednesday June 3 –  Coach Stephanie hosts Free Community Fitness Boot Camp – Bella Vista Park, Oakland at 8:30AM
  • Wednesday June 3 –  Coach Stephanie hosts Walnut Creek Track
  • Wednesday June 3 – Coach Tres hosts Lake Merritt Workout 
  • Thursday June 4 – Run/Walk or Walk with Jennifer at Chabot College
  • Friday June 5 – Speed workout on TRACK in Piedmont. 6AM
  • Sunday June 5 – Walden Park Run, Run/Walk, Walk
  • Monday June 6 – Fun run and walk with Coach Tres and Anne Olson near Jack London Square
  • Tuesday June 7 – You will receive the next issue of The Weekly Pep Talk somewhere around 4:45 in the afternoon
  • Sunday June 14 – Meet and Greet Go WOW Women – For new members to learn about the workings of the club and for interested women to learn more. Join us for the workout and talk afterward or just the talk.
  • Saturday/Sunday, June 20-21 – See Jane Run Expo and Race 5K and Half Marathon
  • Saturday June 27 – Trail Clinic with Coach Stephanie and Coach Tres
  • Saturday July 11 – Nutrition for Peak Race Performance Coach Stephanie speaks at Road Runner Sports in Berkeley

For your daily training plan be sure to refer to the Members’ Area on our website

Ready to BAWRF?

No experience or speed necessary! No WOW Team Membership Required! Contact Coach Stephanie or Lizette Byer to learn more about Bay Area Women’s Racing Federation (BAWRF). WOW Members and non-club members are welcome to join BAWRF if you like to race.

Gymboss Interval Timers Belly Fat Blowout, Run Faster and the WOW Journal are now in paperback! Order from At Last The Best or from Amazon!
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8K Double Adventure Run

We have a race June 21, 2015 at the scenic Land’s End Park. I would like to invite your group to participate, and offer you a 5 dollar off promo code “GOWOW”. You are welcome to set up your tent in our recovery zone.

The race is 8K Double Adventure Run. It’s a 5K followed by a 3K with a recovery half-time break in between. The times are added together for scoring. The Double was created in 2011 by Runner’s World founder Bob Anderson.

Race info and registration is available at

Thank you,
Waitman Gobble

Nike Wants You for their Commercial

Nike wants YOU* (or some other woman in the Bay Area) to be featured in an upcoming commercial.


To be filmed in the Bay Area (location still to be determined) on June 8.

They will be checking in with Go WOW Team on May 20 (not May 19) at 6:15, at our Lake Merritt workout, to interview any interested women right before our run.

Jordan Shively works for a filming company and will be conducting brief interviews (1-2 minutes). The general demographic is a running woman between the ages of 25 – 38 (if you look those ages, you don’t need to be those ages). He was fairly vague beyond the age demographic and gender.

*They will also be hiring extras so you have a couple of chances to participate.

Just show up if you are interested. If you need to check in with Jordan call 925 699-5808
– Coach Stephanie