Training for and completing a Half Marathon (13.1mi) is a challenging and rewarding endeavor. Participants in one of our two 13.1mi Training programs benefit from our professional head coaches, experienced mentors, and managed group workouts on the St. Louis area’s best paths, as well as access to an extensive lineup of health care professionals and informational clinics on nutrition, hydration, gear, injury prevention, stretching techniques, and more.
Why join our 13.1mi programs?
- Individualized training in a group setting. Our proven program has served nearly ten thousand half marathoners. Over the past ten years, participants have given the program an average rating of 4.8 stars (out of five) and more than 90% have completed their goal race.
- Experienced, professional head coaching. Our degreed and credentialed head coaches assess each participant's current fitness level and goals and ensure that they train at an appropriate level.
- Our community is vast. You won't be alone! Our experienced mentors offer support and motivation to athletes in a wide variety of pace groups.
- Multiple weekly group workouts. Team members are invited to participate in two or three coached workouts each week, depending on their program. Additional social runs are available, as well.
Our 13.1mi Finish program is appropriate for anyone who wants to enjoy training to run or walk 13.1 miles between 1½ hours (8:00/mile long run training pace) and 3½ hours (17:00/mile long walk training pace). We welcome first-time half marathoners and veterans, runners and walkers looking for a structured program that will prepare them for a personal best. Starting mileage is based on your experience level, with beginning long workouts ranging from 3 to 6 miles.
Our 13.1mi Fast program is for experienced half marathoners who have made the transition from completing to competing. Program applicants are first assessed by our professional coaches and - if they have the foundation needed to train to race 13.1 miles under in 2¼ hours (10:30/mile long run training pace) or faster - are accepted into this positive, driven training environment.
Our 13.1mi Finish and 13.1mi Fast programs will begin with a kickoff meeting on Saturday, December 14th at FOX Sports Midwest Live at Ballpark Village, starting at 7:30am. We train Tuesday evenings at Parkway Northeast Middle School at 6:30pm* and Saturday mornings at various St. Louis/St. Charles parks starting at 7:30am. Folks in our 13.1mi Fast program meet on Sundays at Forest Park Visitor Center at 7:00am, too. We invite you to pass the time before your program begins by joining us for our Thursday evening and Sunday morning social runs. *Tuesday track workouts start on Tuesday, January 14th.
*To become an Active-Level member, click here.. As an Active-Level member, you will have unlimited access to our professional coaches and hundreds of new running buddies via our FFRC Facebook page. You'll receive 24/7, 365 days of discounts on FFRC training services and FFRC/Fleet Feet St. Louis gear. And, you'll receive priority access to select events and weekly product deals. To register for the 13.1mi Finish program, click here. To register for the 13.1mi Fast program, click here.
"This is an exceptional program run by people who are not only experts but who truly have a gift for coaching. I was amazed at how runners and run/walkers were encouraged and coached regardless of ability, experience, or pace."
"I am always amazed at the positive energy this group generates."
"Fleet Feet is the best all around running store and training program in the area. Great people and great support."
"Tim & Brandi were amazing. THEY treated all the walkers just like everyone else and were always encouraging to me. This was my first event of this type EVER and they (and the Fleet Feet store) helped get me ready."
"As in most programs, the coaches and the people make the program. And once again the coaches were amazing and the people I met were OVER The Top."