2021 spring marathon and half marathon training group
About our Group:
The Duluth Running Company Spring Marathon and Half Marathon Training Group is designed to help runners train for either Grandma’s Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in June. It attracts over 100 participants of all abilities from the Twin Ports area, and is a great opportunity to not only prepare you for your Spring Races, but also meet new people!
NEW THIS YEAR-choose your participation experience!
The training group has been split into two sessions to limit gathering size and to also be more accessible to your schedule. Participants may select either the Monday/Wednesday option or the Tuesday/Thursday option during the week. Participants may choose between a 7:00am or 8:00am start time on Saturday mornings.
Each weekday meeting will have an optional strength/core training session after the run.
All in person runs meet at 5:30pm during the week.
Virtual registrants will receive the same training plan along with email updates weekly, and may complete the workouts on their own time. They may also participate in either live or recorded virtual strength/core workouts.
Get Expert Coaching
Alisha 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. Alisha has been training endurance athletes in different settings for more than 5 years, and has lead the Marathon Training Group for 3 years.
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
- Guaranteed entry into the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
- 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
- $100 through November 28th
- $120 through December 31st
- $140 starting January 1st.
Registration is available in-store (no service fee) and online.
Not sure about joining? Join us for an informational meeting on Thursday, January 14th at 5:30pm to hear more about what the group entails, meet the coaches, and ask questions! You can partake either in person at Duluth Running Company or may join via Facebook or Instagram Live.
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
Trail Troupe 218
Wednesdays at 5:30pm
July 7th-August 25th
Our super fun trail running group returns in 2021! This group focuses on exploring different trails around the Duluth area and experiencing all terrains from single track hiking trails, mountain bike trails, and ski trails. We welcome all abilities and experience levels with trail running.
What you can expect:
- A marked course from beginning to end
- Coaching and advice for new trail runners
- Weekly email updates with course map
- Full calendar of runs and distances
Stay tuned for more details and registration!