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2020 Spring Marathon/Half Marathon Training Group


the training group begins january 21st, and runs through june 20th

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, a Certified Personal Trainer with an emphasis on endurance, 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 Thoennes

2019 Beginner’s 5k Training Group

Begins September 10th.

Join us as we train specifically for the Gobble Gallop 5k on Thanksgiving Day!

This fun and super social 12-week training program is led by Alisha Bradley. The group meets at 5:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 10th through November 28th.

If you’ve ever wanted to do a 5K (3.1 miles) this group is for you! Most of the early sessions will include more walking than running. Every session runs 30 min and is time-based not distance-based.

Enrollment in the group is $60 and includes:

  • 12-week customized training program
  • Free entry to Gobble Gallop 5k
  • 2 group runs per week, meeting Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:30PM and starting from Duluth Running Co.
  • 10% discount at Duluth Running Co. for the duration of the program.


For any questions, please email Alisha at: or call 218-728-1148.

Tuesday Night Tri Nights

A Fun and Super Social Triathlon Training Group!

**Will start back June of 2020

“Tuesday Night Tri Nights” include an open water swim in Pike Lake followed by your choice of a 3 or 5 mile run. There are two swim distance options (.5 Mile and 1.2 Miles). The swim is supported with kayakers for safety. The half mile swim and 1.2 miles swims include resting points.

We recommend using a wetsuit for extra floatation during Tri Nights. They can be rented at Duluth Running Co.

In order to get updates and to participate in Tri Nights you must be registered. If you are registering for a single night you’ll need to register a few days beforehand to get email updates about cancelations due to weather.


  • $30 to participate in any or all of the eleven sessions. Includes a New Wave Swim Bubble ($30 Retail Value). Delivered to Duluth Running Co. in early to mid July. 
  • $10 to participate in just one session. Does not include a New Wave Swim Bubble. 

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


**Will Return Summer 2020

Trail Troupe 218 is a casual trail group that will meet at different trail heads for a guided group run. The goal is to run different trails in the Duluth area and become more comfortable running trails. The trails will vary from single track hiking trails, to mountain bike trails, and also ski trails.

This is an 8 week long session, meeting every Wednesday night starting July 10th with the final session meeting August 28th. All participants will receive a free custom hat and aid after the run.


All runs take place on Wednesdays at 5:30pm (unless otherwise stated)

7/10 Hartley (Mountain Bike Trails) 3001 Woodland Ave, Duluth

7/17 Upper Lester/Hawk’s Ridge (Mountain bike/wide trails) Top of 7 Bridges Road at intersection of E Skyline and Maxwell Road (Snively Trail)

7/24 Brewer’s Loop (Superior Hiking Trail) Trail Head off of Haines Road 

7/31 Chamber’s Grove (Mountain Bike Trail) 13404  MN-23 Duluth

8/7 Chester Bowl (Hiking trail/mountain bike trail) 1801 E Skyline Pkwy, Duluth 

8/14 Spirit Mountain (Mountain Bike/access road-somewhat TBD right now as I figure it out) 8551 Grand Avenue Duluth MN 

8/21 Brown’s Point in Superior (ski trail) Billings Drive and 42nd 

8/28 Lower Lester Park (Mountain bike trails) Picnic to follow run! Parking lot at bottom of Lester River Road

Price: $40

You can register online or in-store at Duluth Running Co. (skip the service fee)!

Questions? Contact Alisha at or call 218.728.114

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