The Foothills Running Group is for inexperienced and expert runners alike! This running program was designed to prepare individuals for the PF Chang's Marathon and Half Marathon.

The Foothills Running Group-East Valley has grown exponentially since its creation in 2005. We have grown from 15 members to over 150 in 4 short years! The East Valley has been a great host to this group providing active participants in our program and local businesses that donate their goods and services.

While training for a marathon is a huge undertaking, even for a moderately experienced runner, we make the process fun and enjoyable with a variety of social opportunities. We’ll have a kick-off meeting, some fun get-togethers during the training months and a post-race party for everyone to enjoy themselves at. This running group is also an opportunity to receive education from physicians and surgeons regarding common injuries runners face. We’ll be holding several lectures given by East Valley doctors that will address physical issues as they relate to running and how to prevent them.

Foothills Sports Medicine has a highly trained staff that will gladly help you achieve your running goals while keeping your safety a priority during the process.

Our group is open to runners of all levels and we encourage beginners to come and try it out. We hope to see lots of new faces at this years group as we continue to expand throughout the East Valley. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lori at 480.940.8299.

About the Group

Informational Seminars

August 15th at 9 a.m.
August 18th at 7:30 p.m.

All are welcome to attend

Held at Foothills Sports Medicine Ahwatukee Clinic:

15410 S Mountain Parkway Suite 108
Phoenix, AZ 85044

Training begins Saturday, August 29th!

  • Weekly speed workouts
  • Saturday morning group runs
  • Weekly group fitness classes
  • 20 week running schedule
  • Dry Fit running shirt
  • FREE seminars on running specific topics
  • FREE injury evaluations by Foothills Sports Medicine licensed, skilled physical therapists
  • Discounted running gear at Sole Sports
  • Discounted massage therapy from Foothills Massage Therapy
  • Pre-race dinner
  • Transportation to the race
  • Post race party

Program Cost: $200

Meet the Directors: Lori

  • Received Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2000
  • Became licensed physical therapist and moved to Arizona in 2000
  • Became Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2001
  • Ran indoor/outdoor track for Boston University
  • Began running 21 years ago, running at the high school and collegiate level and now recreationally
  • Experienced in evaluation and treatment of sport and orthopedic injuries for the last 9 years
  • Became ASTYM certified in 2007
  • Have competed in marathons, half marathons, 10Ks, and 5Ks but my favorite distance is the half marathon.
  • FSM Running Group began 4 years ago and continues to get better and grow each year with over 125 runners last year. We try to focus on quality training, having fun, meeting new people, making new friends, and achieving goals. I love coaching this group and am looking forward to another great year!!!

Meet the Directors: Jeff

  • Received his degree in athletic training from Western Illinois University in 2000
  • Became certified and licensed athletic trainer in 2000
  • Became certified strength and conditioning specialist in 2001
  • Experienced training athletes of all ages and abilities, including collegiate and professional
  • Served on the athletic training team for Super Bowl Champions St. Louis Rams in 1998-99


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For more information contact Lori Francoeur at 480.940.8299 or

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