Walk University (WU) is the heart of the New Albany Walking Club (NAWC). It serves as a training model for reaching your walking goals whether it be to walk every Sunday with NAWC members for fitness and improved physical well-being or to compete at different race distances whether that be a half or full marathon. There is something for everyone who chooses to walk.
Here is what you need to know about Walk University
- About WU Sessions. Walk University sessions begin January 1st of each year. You can register to join anytime during the year.
- About Our Workouts. No athlete is too slow or too fast. No athlete will walk alone. We focus on walking only. This is not a running club. We walk every Sunday morning throughout the year meeting at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany at 7:30 am. We meet indoors to gather for our workouts before heading out to walk on the beautiful New Albany trails and regroup at the Center for post workout activities including snacks, drinks and camaraderie in an amazingly beautiful and relaxing facility that lends itself to a supportive environment. Training walks are designed and distributed in our weekly e-newsletters.
- About Our Perks. Becoming a member of WU offers many benefits.
- Training expertise from members of the largest walking group in the country that has been in existence since 2003.
- Discounts on clothing and athletic shoes from Second Sole.
- Seminars and workshops from our partners at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on topics ranging from heart health for women to stretching for injury prevention.
- An indoor gathering facility throughout the year complete with snacks.
- Free two-week membership to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Health and Fitness Center at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany.
- About Our Walk Curriculum. WU has three levels of programming that will meet the need of anyone who chooses to walk.
- Bachelor’s Program. Walkers enrolled for this degree will partake in this walking program for the purpose of participating for health with perhaps a goal entering a short race such as a 5k.
- Master’s Program. Walkers enrolled in this program want to participate so that they can maintain a physically active lifestyle and have the opportunity to complete a half marathon. Competition and achieving a set time are not required goals but the option for either is available.
- Ph.D. Program. Walkers enrolled in this program are highly competitive and have the desire to walk for time in a half marathon or complete a full marathon.
The New Albany Walking Club and Walk University are the official walk training programs for the New Albany Walking Classic and the Columbus Marathon.
The New Albany Walking Club and its Walk University program are official partners with the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine program.
We are supported by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. The resources provided to our programs from these two distinguished units at Ohio State help provide us with some of the best expertise available anywhere.