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summer 10k and half marathon training group

Tuesday, July 21st-September 25th

Welcome to our newest training group! 

If you’re looking for a super fun and friendly group to run with over the summer, look no further. The 2020 Summer Half Marathon and 10K training  group starts Tuesday, July 21st, and is designed to help people train for the Pike Lake 10K or Half Marathon, however this group is be great for any Fall race you are gearing up for! Participants may choose to participate in the group in person or virtually! 

The in-person group will meet either at Duluth Running Company or up at the Pike Lake Boat Launch. All participants will have the schedule ahead of time. All meetings will take place outside, and social distancing will be encouraged. 

Meetings will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 8am. 

The in-person training option includes:

  • An all encompassing training plan
  • Guidance on strength training and stretching
  • 10% discount to Duluth Running Co.
  • Nutrition provided on Saturday long runs 

The virtual training option includes:

  • An all encompassing training plan
  • Weekly email updates and progress check-ins
  • Guidance on strength training and stretching
  • 10% discount to Duluth Running Co.

If you are training for the Pike Lake Half Marathon, we suggest that you have a base of at least 4 miles of running or run/walking prior to joining the group, as long runs start at 6 miles and work up from there. This training plan is about 10 weeks long, therefore the base building period is not as long as some other training plans. 


  • In-person: $70
  • Virtual: $50

Register Here

Questions? Contact Alisha at

spring marathon and half marathon training group

A Fun and Super Social Running Group!

We create an inviting atmosphere for every person that joins the group, even for people who have never ran before. Our training group is the largest store-based training group in the state of Minnesota. You’ll connect with up to 150 others runners of varying abilities three times per week from mid January through race day. The size of the group and our attitude towards making each run a fun and social event will likely change the way you feel about running.

Get Expert Coaching

Alisha Bradley, will guide you through a 22-week training program. You’ll follow a training plan, gain advice, receive loads of information, and get to take advantage of a large, fun group to train with.

Experience Real Benefits

Our training group delivers benefits that are unique to the Twin Ports region and are different from what you’d get from an online training program. In our group you’ll develop training partners, participate in specialized workouts, and benefit from staffed aid stations on our long runs.

Here are some of the other group benefits:

  • 22-week training plan
  • 10% discount in store during the group session plus additional in-store rewards
  • Training group T-shirt
  • 3 group runs per week
  • Saturday long runs supported with water and sports drink
  • Exclusive opportunities to participate in vendor-led product testing and access to MTG discounts
  • Individual coaching and advice upon request
  • Advice on strength and cross training
  • A fun and encouraging atmosphere

Training group runs start at 5:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, typically from Duluth Running Co. Saturday long group runs start at 8am and then move to a 7am start in April. Saturday run locations will vary on location. A schedule of long runs and locations will be provided.


  • $100 through November 28th
  • $120 through December 31st
  • $140 starting January 1st.

Registration is available in-store (no service fee) and online.

For more info or questions email Alisha Bradley at or call Duluth Running Co. at 218-728-1148

Train With People Like You

The number one question we get is: “Will there be people like me to train with?” And the answer is: Yes!

Our group attracts over 150 participants. Some people start off not being able to run a half-mile in January and by June they are able to run/walk the Bjorklund Half Marathon. Others in our group start fit and just get faster. Whatever your goal is, we will meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to go.

“I started in the 5k group and then worked my way up to training for my first half marathon and first marathon with the running group. I don’t think I would have been able to do it without the support and guidance from Duluth Running Company.”

– Janelle Fresvik

“When I joined my first training group I had NO running experience. The support, guidance and encouragement I received led to me challenging myself in ways that I never thought possible! In addition to falling in love with the sport, I have developed an amazing group of friends and become part of a strong, supportive community.”

– John Thoenne

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