WHY JOIN OUR 13.1mi PROGRAM?
Training for and completing a Half Marathon (13.1mi) is a challenging and rewarding endeavor. Participants in one of our two 13.1mi 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.
- 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. An independent study supports our internal surveys.
- 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 across 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 16-week 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 both first-time half marathoners and veterans and accommodate both runners and walkers looking for a structured program that will prepare them for the 13.1 mile distance. Starting mileage is based on your experience level, with beginning long workouts ranging from 3 to 6 miles.
Our 13.1mi FAST 16-week 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 groups train Tuesday evenings (usually at 6:30pm) at Parkway Northeast Middle School and Saturday mornings at various St. Louis/St. Charles parks (usually at 6:30am). Members of our 13.1mi Fast program also meet on Sunday mornings at Fleet Feet Des Peres (usually at 7:30am) or the Forest Park Visitor Center (usually at 6:30am). Also, all team members - and their running partners, friends, and family - are invited to join us at our open Thursday evening and Sunday morning social runs.
This program begins on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 and concludes on Sunday, October 4th, 2020. However, we welcome anyone to join any program at any time and we can customize either program to prepare you for any goal race. Each week, the price for each program is prorated so late enrolees only pay for the remaining weeks. Of course, the more training you complete the more fun you'll have and the easier it will be for you to accomplish your goal. We strongly recommend joining your chosen program as early as possible. To register for the 13.1mi Finish or 13.1mi Fast program, click here. The 13.1mi Finish and 13.1mi Fast fees are $170 and $220, respectively, but...
Active-level Fleet Feet Running Club members save on their registration fees, so please consider becoming a club member before registering. As an Active member, you'll receive a year-round 15% discount on FFRC training services and FFRC/Fleet Feet apparel, regular deals on other gear, and access to hundreds of new running buddies via the private FFRC Facebook page. Click here to become an Active FFRC member.
"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."
"Barb & 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."
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