We don’t require much to join, but there are some guidelines that you should be able to meet AT THE START of the program.
Everyone - Regardless of Program
- If applicable, be medically cleared by your doctor as needed. Training for a half or full marathon is rigorous and requires a lot of physical training.
- Have a fun, outgoing and “can-do” excellent attitude. Any of the “Two-Percenters” can stay home.
- Be at least 20 yrs old on the first day of training.
Beginner Run/Walk Program
The Beginner Run/Walk program is designed for runners who have little to no experience with long distance running or for runners who have taken a long break or are coming off an injury.
- Be able to briskly walk 2-3 days per week for approximately 30-40 minutes each session. We'll immediately start run/walking 4 times per week, for a total of 180 minutes total.
- Be able to complete a brisk walk of 60 minutes on a single outing. Our first “Long” day will be a run/walk of 60 minutes.
Intermediate Running Program
The Intermediate Running program is designed for casual or existing runners who are looking for a “middle of the road” approach. You’re not going to kill yourself training 6 days per week, but you want to follow a solid, proven program to get you to your half or full marathon.
- Be able to run* 2-3 days per week, up to 15 miles total per week. We'll immediately start running 4 times per week at about 15-20 miles per week, depending on ability.
- Be able to complete 4-6 miles on a single run*. Our first “long” run is 5-7 miles, depending on ability.
*NOTE: While the program is designed for “runners” it's okay to not fully meet the training targets yet. We do encourage “walk breaks” if need be – especially during the first few weeks of training. You may benefit from following the Run-Walk program either during the whole season or during a few weeks as you build up endurance.
PR Chasers - Running Program
The PR Chasers program is designed for runners with a base already set and ready to take their training to a higher level. This is generally runners who've done a few races and are looking to PR as well as our more advanced runners.
- Be able to run 3-4 days per week, up to 20 miles per week. We'll immediately start running 4-5 days per week and up to 27 miles during the first week.
- Be able to complete a 7-8 mile long run the first week.
It’s assumed that the advanced runner has a good, solid base of 4-6 months recent running experience leading into the start of our program.