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Trail Troupe 218

Wednesdays at 5:30pm

July 7th-August 25th

Our super fun trail running group returns in 2021! This non-competitive 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
Trail Troupe Run Locations and Distances:

**Note: Distances are approximate.

  • July 7th: Hartley-4 miles
  • July 14th: Chester-3 miles
  • July 21st: Brewer’s Park-3 miles
  • July 28th: Chamber’s Grove-6 miles
  • August 4th: Upper Lester/Hawk Ridge-5 miles
  • August 11th: Spirit Mountain-4 miles
  • August 18th: Ely’s Peak-Distance TBD
  • August 25th: Lester-6 miles 
All participants receive a commemorative Trail Troupe Hat!

Register Here


women’s 10 mile training group

Start Date: August 10th 2021

Meeting Times: Tuesday and Thursdays at 6:15am

We are excited to announce our new Womens Training Group! This group is training specifically for the Bridging the Gap Women’s 10 Mile on October 2nd, or the Medtronic Twin Cities 10 Mile on October 2nd. The group runs for 8 weeks, meeting Tuesday, and Thursday mornings. Meeting places will vary.  

Why a Women only group?

After launching the Bridging the Gap 10 Mile, we thought it would be great to create a training group to work specifically towards this race. However, we also realized there is a void when it comes to education specifically related to women and running. So we built this group not only as a training program to prepare you for a 10 mile run, but also packed it full of education specifically catered towards women!

 Some of these topics include:

  1. Female specific strength training
  2. Education related to running after having kids
  3. Women’s Nutrition needs-yes, this can look different for men vs. women! 
  4. Running and your cycle 
Other Perks:
  1. Training T-Shirt
  2. A full 8 week long training program
  3. In-store discounts for Duluth Running Co.
Registration Now Open!

Register Here

Pricing: $90


spring marathon and half marathon training group

Returns January, 2022

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!

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

For more info or questions email Alisha Bradley at alisha@duluthrunning.com 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.

“Duluth Running Co. has helped me to prepare and feel confident for running my first half marathon. I’ve learned a lot about running—which has helped me improve—through the advice of our training coach, Alisha. She and the training group as a whole have given me an amazing training experience as everyone’s been extremely encouraging—especially when I experienced running longer distances for the first time and setting new PRs throughout my training. I’m beyond grateful for the new friends I’ve made since joining Duluth Running Co.’s half marathon training group. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’m already planning to return next year to train for the full marathon.”

-Hannah Sorenson

“I moved to Duluth in 2017 and decided to run Grandma’s Half Marathon as a way to mark my move. I halfheartedly trained with some friends for a couple months and then dragged myself through the race. It wasn’t a terrible experience, but it definitely wasn’t the best! Fast forward four years and I was ready to try again. This time, I wanted to train right, so I joined the Duluth Running Company’s training group. The group starts in January, 22 weeks before Grandma’s weekend. Through the pandemic, -10 degree runs, working as a professor and head of my department, schooling my 7-year-old at home, my father’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, and my partner working and living out of town, DRC’s training group was my lifeline. I completed almost every training run and running quickly became a protected time to focus on myself, process my day, and be in a community with others. I started in January having not run in over a year and those first runs were brutal, but now I actually look forward to the longer runs. I’m not an overly talkative runner and usually use my running time to think about my day and shed some of the stress and responsibility of my life outside of running. But having the community of
a running group was essential to my training. On those long group runs I like to imagine we are connected by an invisible web of ropes, pulling and pushing each other along, up and down the hills and over the finish line. I’m really excited to run the half marathon this year and I am grateful to my training group for making it possible!”

-Jenny McCleary

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