Winter Training Team

Wed November 1 - Wed December 6, 2023 Cary, NC 27513 US Directions


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Full Season

$140 Registration ends November 29, 2023 at 11:59pm EST

Full Season + 5 Races

$250 Registration ends November 29, 2023 at 11:59pm EST

One Day Drop-in

$10 Registration ends November 29, 2023 at 11:59pm EST


The temperatures are dropping and we will have the feel of fall running. With cooler temperatures, the leaves falling, winter running will be here soon. Time to RUN with Team Fit & Able!

Fit & Able Productions is a Cary-based non-profit that serves area youths and families in competitive and recreational sports. Our winter season training program focuses primarily on running, conditioning, and racing.  Kids of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate, and parents too! Team Fit & Able is a USATF sanctioned club and USATF membership is required to join the team.

Team Fit & Able brings USATF Certified Coaches together with athletes that want to accelerate their training while having fun reaching their goals. The focus is on increasing distance, improving speed, and preparing for racing. We adhere to USATF's principle goals to encourage and facilitate our youth to develop physically through team practices and meets, emotionally through growth and positive self-image, and socially through development of friendships and interaction with positive role models. Weekly practices are designed to help athletes set and reach personal goals in both track and field events. 

The Fit & Able Winter Training Team (WTT) offers a wide range of training for elementary school kids through senior masters. All ages, skill levels, and abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate. Younger athletes are strongly encouraged to have their parents stay with the team during practice and racing. We encourage all our members to take part at whatever level they wish to participate, whether its improving their running abilities or just wanting to walk for fitness.

Runners will be encouraged to set goals and work to attain those goals during the course of the season.  As we build our running skills, we will be going a bit longer each practice based on the athlete’s goals and abilities. 

Athletes that sign up for the practice-only session will have the opportunity to register for races separately. 

This team is sanctioned by USA Track & Field and requires USATF membership to participate.

What’s Involved

Participants will do many activities that benefit any sport you pursue. Winter conditioning program is about getting better through preparation. We are only given so much talent – our success comes from how we prepare to use those gifts. Individual goals and abilities are the driving force in Winter Training & Conditioning. Team members are encouraged to race throughout the season; races must be registered for separately. 

Regular Team Training: WTT will meet twice a week to run, do core exercises, and flexibility/agility drills. Regular practices will typically be scheduled Sundays 8:00 - 9:00 AM and Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM, then earlier as day light changes. The full season will run from November 1st to December 6th.

Tentative Practice Schedule:

  • Wednesday November 1st - 5:00 - 6:00 PM: 1st Day of Practice
  • Saturday November 4th - 10:00 AM Start: Leaves to Leases Race
  • Sunday November 5th - 8:00 - 9:00 AM: Practice 
  • Wednesday November 8th - 5:00 - 6:00 PM: Practice  
  • Saturday November 11th - 9:00 AM Start: Stars, Stripes, & Strides Race 
  • Sunday November 12th - 8:00 - 9:00 AM: Practice   
  • Wednesday November 15th - 5:00 - 6:00 PM: Practice   
  • Saturday November 18th - 9:00 AM Start: Kettle Krush Race
  • Sunday November 19th - 8:00 - 9:00 AM: Practice   
  • Wednesday November 22nd - N/A: No Practice 
  • Saturday November 25th - 9:00 AM Start: Turkey Chase Race
  • Sunday November 26th - N/A: No Practice 
  • Wednesday November 29th - 5:00 - 6:00 PM: Practice 
  • Sunday December 3rd - 8:00 - 9:00 AM: Practice  
  • Saturday December TBD - Christmas Race
  • Wednesday December 6th 5:00 - 6:00 PM: Last Practice Pizza Party 

* Racing is not required but it does improve skills and athletic confidence. You will receive discount codes for Fit & Able Races. We hope you will join us! All our events benefit a local nonprofit.

Location: Practices will typically be held at area parks. Please Note: Some practices may be moved to accommodate conflicts and we will adjust the time based on daylight. Details for each practice, including time and location, will be sent by email the night before the practice. 

Pre-practice emails will include:

  • Date, Time, Location, Map, and Goals, also what bring to be prepared for the practice
  • Wear comfortable, light weight clothes, a face mask and t-shirt with good running shoes.
  • Bring filled Water Bottle, hand sanitizer, & a towel for groundwork, plus a desire to run

Weather Cancellations: Practices will be cancelled if weather conditions are or are predicted to be hazardous. Notice will be emailed and texted (if a cell number was provided) to team parents as soon as possible. The cancellation decision is at the coach's discretion. Practices cancelled due to weather will not be rescheduled. 

Holiday Break: Due to holidays there will be no practices on these dates:

  • Thanksgiving: November 22nd & 26th

Athletes: All ages 6 & Up and skill levels are welcome. Parents are encouraged to sign up and train with their young athletes!

Race Entries: All Team Fit & Able members will have discounted or free registration for certain Fit & Able-owned athletic events. Discount codes will be provided by email and may only be used by registered team members. Registrations made by non-team members using team discount codes will be voided. 

How to Sign Up

Here's what you need to do to join the team!

Step 1: Sign up to be a member of USA Track & Field. USATF membership is required to participate but is a separate registration and fee. You will need the USATF member number that you will receive to register for the team. If you already have a current USATF number, go to the next step. You can register to become a USATF member here (USATF Annual Membership is good for all Team Fit & Able seasons):

  • Annual Adult Membership: $40
  • Annual Youth Membership: $25

Step 2: Sign up to be a member of Team Fit & Able’s Winter Training Team. You can register to become a WTT member here:

  • Full Season: $140 per person (Team Fit & Able shirt included with registration).
    • Get $10 off per athlete when you sign up two or more family members together for the Full Season.
  • Full Season + 5 Races: $250 per person, includes 5 Fit & Able 5K races (Stars, Stripes, & Strides, Leaves to Leases, Kettle Krush, Turkey Chase, & Fortnight Before Christmas).
    • Get $10 off per athlete when you sign up two or more family members together for the Full Season.
  • One Day Drop-in: $10 per person (must bring a signed USATF Waiver; limit 1 Drop-in session per person per season). 

* * * No Refunds, Transfers, or Exchanges. * * *

Coaching Staff

Alisa Wright Colopy, MA, MPH

  • Level 1 and Level 2 USA Triathlon Certified Coach
  • Level 1 USA Track & Field Certified Coach
  • USA Triathlon Event Director and Youth Event Certification (Pending)
  • US Olympic Committee 2000 Developmental Coach of the Year in Triathlon
  • President, Fit & Able Productions, Inc.
  • Experience: over 30 years including triathlon, track & field, cross country and off-season conditioning with Fit & Able, Cary Academy, Saint Mary’s School, the YMCA, AARP, and TAC
  • Athletics: 100’s of races from 5K’s, marathons, sprint triathlons, and Ironman distances

If you have questions, please contact Coach Alisa at

We can't wait to see you at practice!

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Team Fit & Able's Winter Training Team and all its participants are subject to these event policies

Information from this site is often shared to other online sources that aren't updated when changes are made here. This site is the only official and updated source for information regarding this event. 

Fit & Able Productions is a nonprofit organization that has supported community and family fitness in Cary since 1997 through organizing creative events and training programs. Proceeds from our events that aren't designated to support other organizations go to support this event and other Fit & Able nonprofit activities.

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