Skip to content

“Networkingout” combines networking, fitness and fun

September 12 2013 | 3 comments


Detroit’s riverfront is the gathering spot for a new program that’s quickly growing in popularity.

Run This Town is taking a foothold in the motor city.

It’s group exercise on the Riverwalk – and more.

Co-founder Shawn Blanchard says “Networkingout is basically fitness through networking and networking through fitness.”

He says, “All fitness levels can come and enjoy, meet people and sweat

Two times a week people of all shapes and sizes– from the city and suburbs– meet at Rivard Plaza.

They power walk along the Detroit River and climb the steps at Joe Louis Arena.  Others run for miles through the city.  And there’s circuit training for all.  The goal is to combat obesity and promote healthier lifestyles while building connections and friendships.

According to co-founder Terrence Thompson “A lot of people will think about going somewhere new, and they’re like, ‘okay, I don’t know anyone there.’ But once people come out here they enjoy themselves, they enjoy the camaraderie, and they love the energy.”

There’s plenty of energy expended, including the support expressed in victory lane as runners and walkers finish their journey.

What had its start with just a small group of friends has grown into something of a health movement. And everyone seems to have their own reason for taking part.

Kaitlyn Simmonds told us “I just moved downtown and I have a couple of friends from Wayne State that come here regularly and they had me come one day and now I’m hooked. I love it.”

Doug Williams is another participant, “It’s not competition, it’s collaboration and there’s a lot of young guys, so I’m trying to keep up with them and they actually are pushing me to run faster than when I run by myself.”

Lauralyn Taylor says, “It’s this wonderful spirit that you can’t get in the gym, you can’t get when you work at say, a club, you just can’t find it anywhere but here and the diversity here is so incredible, it makes you enthusiastic and want to do it week after week after week.”

The group will continue to meet and work outside through the fall and then find an indoor venue to stay active through the winter months.



Spread The Love, Share Our Article

  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Newsvine
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Related Posts


  1. Bonnie Ard September 12, 2013

    What’s time?


    Detroit 2020 Reply:

    Hi Bonnie–

    Here’s some information from the Run This Town Facebook page:
    All professionals and aspiring professionals are also welcomed to join us this Saturday on the Riverfront to networkout! We meet at 9am at Rivard Plaza (1340 Atwater, Detroit Mi 48207). There is free parking in the Rivard Plaza Lot!
    We are also excited to kick off “Run This Campus” at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor! All students, faculty, and professionals in the Ann Arbor area are welcomed to networkout with us! We meet at 2pm at the Michigan Diag!

    Join us on social media:
    Twitter/Instagram: @RunThisTownUSA; @networkingout @RunThisCampusUS

    Join the movement and learn more at


  2. Lorena B September 13, 2013

    Sounds like a lot of fun, I will be there.


Add a Comment