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Client Comments and other brief quips

You won’t believe this: it’s the first time I completed an 8 mile run …!

Hello Stephanie – it seems like ages since I last saw you at the Sunday run around Lake Merritt. Thank you so much for calling.  I got your voice mail but haven’t been able to get back to you.  It’s been quite hectic for me. I missed the run at Emeryville yesterday.  I’m not sure whom I should blame: myself or the weather forecaster, who by Saturday evening said that it’d be a downpour first thing Sunday morning, … so I decided to sleep in. But, I’m very happy to report that I ran 8 miles at 4 mph last night on a treadmill (we have one at home).  I felt good after the 8 mile and felt that I could go for another 2 miles.

Stephanie – I have to thank you for creating the group and thank Lauren G. who introduced me to your group.  You won’t believe this: it’s the first time that I completed an 8 mile run …!

I won’t be able to make the Wednesday meeting at Piedmont Track – family/kid duties.  I will try to make the Sunday meeting and meanwhile, will try to see if I can do a 10-mile treadmill run this Wednesday.  Thank you again and see you this Sunday, Ann

This is what The WOW Team is all about. Go Ann! – Coach Stephanie

Moved and reposted in Go WOW Living 3-11-2016

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.

FAQ’s and Comments

Go WOW Team! Go Kerry

From Piedmont Track 7/21/2010

Melanie A – We probably looked like Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks–but the drills were great–deceptively simple, but very strenuous

Donna R – Awesome, I love the way Stephanie changes it up each time. All the women are fantastic!

What is the time block for each of the Sunday workouts ?

Good question, thanks for checking in. The weekend workouts will depend on the distance or time we are working out that weekend and your pace. That said, I try to start right on time. Because we cater to different abilities and different goals you can always expect to work out at least 60 minutes and, by checking your own training schedule, you should have the details for your individualized goal.

Is it ok to have my daughter?
You are always welcome to bring drop-in guests (who can work out with us) or observers, if they don’t want to participate. There is a fee for participating drop-ins of $7/with RSVP or $10 when you just show up. Either way, WOW welcomes you.

What day of the week is the training/track in the Walnut Creek area and what time is it?
Track is scheduled for Wednesday with boot camp on Tues and Thursday, all at Las Lomas Track. That workout is 6:30 to 7:30PM. We try to get people in and out within the 60 minutes because it’s a week night and always busy for everybody.

Need more details, let me know

Photo: Coach Stephanie celebrating life at The Breast Cancer Hike with her daughters/C. Wills

April 10, 2010
Dear WOW- Just re-surfacing from the 1/2 marathon aches – I’m not sure how all my weird injuries disappeared for that day, but they did. I went from – should I run the 1/2? to will I be able to finish the 1/2? to I want to finish in under 2hrs! I ended up running 9:48 minute miles and I hope to run under 2 hrs next time, but I still can’t believe I finished!!

I would’ve never been able to get back into running (high school cross country was a long time ago…) without this team and Stephanie, everything from the lovely morning carpools to the hot pink WOW chalk at the last mile of a workout. I love this team and can’t wait to get 100% better and start training again with you all. – Rachel

March 10
You meet appropriate challenges – Melanie A

Friendly people and a great coach that kicks your butt and takes care of you! – Elke V

March 9– Hi Stephanie – I do appreciate your dedication to women in the East Bay. Thank you for that. But I feel I can get my work outs in for free running with Fleet Feet and other free groups. Can you please take me off your email list? Thanks again, Jessica

Hi Jessica – Thank you for the nice note. I always wonder why people talk about getting their runs for free. Of course, running and moving is free to all of us, as long we take advantage of it. What a gift!

What my meetup and The WOW Team offer is consistency (several times a week, with regularity), organization, ongoing communication, and a professional, caring, coach at the head who truly cares about bringing each participant to her unique, peak ability. Granted, the group dynamic does not allow for one-on-one but I have an eye out for each person in my group. I try to keep them injury-free, motivated, and directed to achieve realistic (but high) goals.

The final piece is the group dynamic. If you fit into a group, whether it’s free or paid, it’s a great feeling. If you don’t fit in, it’s time to go elsewhere.

If you want to honor being able to move, you have many ways to do it – The WOW Team, my individual coaching, or all the other options that have nothing to do with me or The WOW Team. I wish you well and I truly hope you take advantage of fitness through movement while you have the gift. Who knows when it may be taken away? Best, Coach Stephanie

Go WOW Team! Ongoing fitness for women through running and walking

February 26
Hi Stephanie. I’m looking for the directions to Sawyer Camp and can’t find them. Can you give them to me? Hoping I can make it.
Thanks. Brenna

Hi Brenna, Go to and follow the link on the page. It pinpoints where we meet. You’ll like the place. Very cool…Coach Stephanie

Love those WOW Team t-shirts!

February 21, lululemon hosts our Lafayette Reservoir Workout 

Combined WOW group gathering was great seeing members of other groups and meeting new participants. Thank you Lululemon for the morning feast that followed the workout. Rain may have dampened our hair and our clothes but not our spirits! The larger the group the greater the enthusiasm.  – Pat

The venue was great and the food at the end provided by the Lululemon group was wonderful. Can they do this every Sunday? Just kidding. A little less rain would have been helpful but we’ve been really lucky until today. Had a great time.  – Cathy

This was a beautiful location with hills for a fun challenge. Thanks Coach Stephanie for the ribbon! Great food provided by lululemon – especially the scones. Yum! – Jennifer W

Hi Stephanie….Just an FYI…I sent Lululemon a thank you card on behalf of WOW for the brunch yesterday. That was so fun! – Sharmaine

Hi Stephanie -The brunch was great this morning. Thank you so much for organizing that for us! Do you think there’s anyway I can get my hands on that granola recipe? It was sooooo good! Thanks, Sarah

February 14, Heather Farms Park, Walnut Creek “Hi Stephanie, I am really enjoying the WOW events and I AM getting stronger. Walked 2 hrs Sunday (7 miles). Glad to have the cross-training and hydration/nutrition sessions. Hope to see you soon.” Pat

February 13, SF Java Beach Run “I had a great time at your meet-up; I must work on those HILLS – looking forward to other events.” Gina

February 2, Piedmont Track “ Thank you, Stephanie. I never want to go to track workouts, but when I do, I’m so happy I went. The workout was tough and exactly what I needed. ” Heidi

“ Stephanie sure knows her stuff! Great workout tonight! ” Sara

“ I love this group! Running up and down hills was the first part, then we headed out on The Bay Trail toward Emeryville for anything between 60 minutes to 8 miles. These gals are looking fine… ” Coach Stephanie

“ Tough day for me–sluggish . . . but being part of a group dedicated to fitness really does help me keep pushing on! See you all soon! ” . Sara

“ Enjoyed the good information, demo on running up and down hills. The location was perfect for that training. ” . Julie Y

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