Winter Warm Up: Sign Up for Free, Virtual 5K Training Program

by Blues Perspectives

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Woman lacing up her shoes to go for a winter run
If 2020 derailed your health goals, it’s time to get back on track. Registration is now open for a free program that helps people kick-start their health goals for the new year. The 2021 Blue Cross Winter Warm Up is open to all ages and geared toward Michiganders who want to take the first step to improve their physical health and wellness. Previously open to Lansing-area residents, this year will feature virtual training components, meaning you can participate from wherever you are! Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network sponsor the program, which aims to help empower residents on a journey from a sedentary lifestyle to an active lifestyle. The eight-week program includes one weekly virtual training session, a daily workout calendar, weekly emails and access to a Facebook accountability group where you’ll receive additional information about training and nutrition. All virtual sessions will be conducted by Playmakers-certified Good Form Running and Good Form Walking coaches. Program participants work toward a common goal of completing a 5K walk or run by the end of the Blue Cross Winter Warm Up training program. The free Blue Cross Winter Warm Up 5K Walk/Run and celebration will be held on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at Hawk Island Park in Lansing. Training sessions begin Monday, Feb. 1. Details for the 2021 Blue Cross Winter Warm Up are below:
  • Program Dates: February 1 to March 28, 2021
  • Goal Event: Blue Cross Winter Warm-Up 5K Walk/Run, March 28 at Hawk Island Park
  • Cost: Free (Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network)
  • Sign Up: Commit to start (and finish) right here.
Participants can choose to sign up with these participating training program communities: Charlotte, Delhi Township/Holt, Delta Township, DeWitt Township, East Lansing, City of Lansing, Meridian Township, Michigan State University, St. Johns, Stockbridge or the Ingham County Health Department. Are you joining in the 2021 Blue Cross Winter Warm Up? Share your progress, encouragement and join the conversation with other participants on social media using #BlueCrossWWU. Participants: Be sure to join our Blue Cross Winter Warm Up Facebook Group here for support along the way! Related:
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Jan 31, 2020 at 4:49pm

What do you do for those of us who were switched from BCBS of WNY? ......nothing. About time to go to Aetna

Blues Perspectives

Jan 22, 2019 at 6:28pm

Hi, We're sorry to hear you were unable to sign up. You can reach out to The Playmakers Fitness Foundation contacts Alicia ( or Cynthia ( to see if more spots will become available. Hope this helps! -Taylar

Totally Bummed

Jan 22, 2019 at 3:24pm

Totally bummed.....I've been wanting to sign up for this for the last few years. Finally get the courage and the only one that is near me (Holt) is full. I even got the husband to sign up. :( Since it's already full, will there be a chance of opening up more spots? Is there a waiting list, in the event someone drops out? Please let us know....

Blues Perspectives

Jan 18, 2019 at 2:13am

Thanks for your interest, Carmen! You can sign up here Good luck! - Taylar

Carmen Loredo

Jan 17, 2019 at 10:51pm

Interested. The one at Meridian Mall inside? I prefer inside. I live in old town

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