About Us

Run For FREE Tuesdays @ 6:16pm and Saturdays @ 7:15pm
Starting January 16,2023 to June 4, 2023
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Spring 2023: Full and Half Marathon Season


 Registration is Open: Spring Season 2023 (20 Weeks)

 Scheduled Races:

  • San Diego Holiday Half Marathon (12/17/22)

 Who and When:

 Prices & Dates:

  • $140 – Early Bird, ends 12/30/22
  • $150 – Regular Rate, ends 1/30/23

Come see what we are all about and run the first 2 weeks for free:

Other Need to Know Information:

NEW this Season 5K &10K Program: We are offering for the first-time ever a new program to help people get ready for their first 5K or 10K. We believe running should be accessible to anyone that wants to put in the work and we understand a half marathon might be a lot for someone new to commit to. This new program will now offer a point of entry for anyone that’s wants to give it a shot. 

Happy Hours: We will be coordinating weekly happy hours every Tuesday as part of the regular season-based restaurants and bars being able to host outside seating. We do ask that you follow all CDC guidelines when participating.

Social Events: We will be continuing to host monthly social events throughout the season based on venue availability and offering of an outside option. We do ask that you follow all CDC guidelines when participating.

Aid Stations: We will be offering aid stations once our Saturday runs get a little longer. The aid stations will be supplied with sanitizer. Cups will also be provided at the aid station however it’s recommended you carry your own hydration bottle on your runs especially as summer temperatures set in.

Keys and Jackets: At the start of the season, we will not be offering bins to hold your keys and jackets on our runs. As the season progresses, we might reintroduce this service but no times lines have been set.

Discounts: As always if you shop at Road Runner Sports, they will continue to offer discounts on your purchases if you tell them, you are part of Black Flag Running Club. We will also be coordinating with San Diego’s Race Directors throughout the season and pass on all discount codes we are able to obtain.

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We ask that if you do come out for one of our runs that you follow the Community Guidelines



    The Black Flag Running Club is an organized full marathon and half marathon training club in San Diego designed for all levels of runners from beginner (run/walkers) to intermediate to advanced.

    Our goal is to provide a well organized training group that runs right, trains well and has fun while doing it!

    Aaron Adragna, Head Coach

    Aaron is a self-proclaimed “runner of the people.” His goal is to set the example that running is a sport that everyone can learn to do. He runs for the fun of it and to have a sense of self-righteousness over everyone else who sleeps in on Saturday mornings. He has completed several rounds of the San Diego Triple Crown series and a long list of other half marathons. Aaron was an avid runner back in the day. Legend has it he still holds a record from back in his glory days.

    All that natural athleticism was challenged when he found himself hospitalized for over a month with a life threatening lung infection. This was a life changing experience for him. After a few surgeries, a couple chest tubes and months of treatment, he was left with scarring in his lung and diminished lung capacity. Not being one to shy away from a challenge or fly a white flag in defeat, he started training again. This mostly looked like wheezing and walking to start but eventually developed into consistent running and completion of a sub two-hour half marathon.

    Aaron is your head coach. He leads the intermediate running group and those chasing a PR, but is also the social coordinator for the group. He puts together regular social activities. You will often see him making the rounds and chatting it up with everyone. If you are new to the club, make it a point to introduce yourself. He'll make sure you know a handful of people before you leave.

    Yayoi Suzuki, Assistant Coach – Beginner/Interval Program (Winter & Spring)

    In addition to having nearly a decade of experience coaching runners, Yayoi is one of the most amazing people you will ever run with. She's an expert in the run/walk method and has used it to set numerous PR times. She'll always be your biggest cheerleader and loves seeing the achievements of the run/walkers throughout the season!

    Yayoi began her running career in an interval running program in 2008 with the intention of completing a half marathon. After completing the La Jolla Half, she realized that she only needed to train for an additional six weeks for the full marathon. So she ran the full...and then another...and became hooked on running.


    Yayoi holds degrees from Grinnell College and UCLA.  When she's not coaching, she's a manager for a green technology company in San Diego.


    Shelsea Hodge, Assistant Coach – PR Chasers & Core Training

    Coach Shelsea leads core workout and other balance, stability and agility training for the club. Shelsea dabbles in just about every social fitness club and activity she can find time for and brings a variety of fun and integrated workouts to the club. She has an intense passion for running and fitness, and pursuing certification in both group fitness and personal training. Shelsea shocked her fellow runners when she continued running up until days before giving birth and came out for a run just two weeks after having her baby. Her son Cade has become and unofficial club member and can be seen at many of the runs.