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Marathon Training Program

MDRA offers two marathon training program cycles a year, a Spring session with a goal race of Grandma’s Marathon and a Fall session with a goal race of Twin Cities Marathon!

Read testimonials from past participants here!

2020 MDRA Spring PROGRAM

16 week program geared for Grandma’s Marathon Information Session February 25, 2020 – Location TBA (or watch last years info session here)

First Run February 29, 2020 – Location TBA – Coaches will be on site at 7:30am. Run starts at 8am sharp!

Registration opens on Jan 1, 2020  Class Registration: 2020 Spring Marathon & Half Marathon Program

Coaches: Chad Austin,  TBA

Spring Training Overview

Training: Certified coaches collaborate on a 16-week training plan with four distinct training groups so you can train at the level right for your fitness and lifestyle.  It is recommended that marathon runners have a base of at least 20-25 miles a week before entering the class. Group runs are Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings. Program runs in conjunction with the Half Marathon Training Program.

MDRA Grandma’s Running Club Experience: Grandma’s Marathon registration discount, special access to start-of-race tent, finish line meeting area and perks for family and friends. Read more here…

Location: Group runs meet at a variety of locations across the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, primarily focused on locations around the lakes and river road.

Communication: Certified coaches are at each run and available via email to answer your questions. Bi-weekly emails are sent with run location, workout and training tips.

Education: Guest speakers and coaches cover training topics such as injury prevention, mental preparation, nutrition and different training methods. Class specific website with access to MDRA’s Training Topics Library and Monthly Training Calendars.

Hydration Support: Hydration stops serving Powerade and water along your group runs.

Midweek runs: Tuesday runs begin at 6:00pm and help you remain consistent in your training.
SWAG: Your choice of MDRA Training gear!
The group training dynamic: Gain confidence, security and camaraderie with the support of a training group.

Team leads: run with friendly, knowledgeable and experienced MDRA member pace group leaders.

Special shopping days:  Deep discounts scheduled twice a session to get you set up with everything you’ll need for training.

Cost: MDRA members $130.  Join MDRA for only $25 a year!  Does not include race registration.

2020 MDRA Fall PROGRAM

15 week program geared for Twin Cities Marathon

Information session June 24, 2020 – Location TBA

First group run June 27, 2020 – Location TBA – Coaches and MDRA staff will be on site at 7:30am. Run starts at 8am sharp! Registration opens on March 1, 2020 ✓ Class Registration: 2020 Fall Marathon & Half Marathon Program

Coaches: TBA FALL PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Training: Certified coaches collaborate on a training plan with four distinct training groups so you can train at the level right for your fitness and lifestyle. It is recommended that marathon runners have a base of at least 20-25 a week before entering the class. Group runs are Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings. Half and Full Training Programs run in conjunction with each other.

Location: Group runs meet at a variety of locations across the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, primarily focused on the TCM course.

Communication: Certified coaches are at each run and available via email to answer your questions. Bi-weekly emails are sent with run location, workout and training tips.

Education: Guest speakers and coaches cover training topics such as injury prevention, mental preparation, nutrition and different training topics.

Hydration Support: Hydration stops serving Powerade and water along your group runs. Midweek runs: Tuesday runs begin at 6:00pm and help you remain consistent in your training by offering a group setting to push you through speed or hillwork.

SWAG: Your choice of MDRA Training gear!

The group training dynamic: Gain confidence, security and camaraderie with the support of a training group.

Team leads: Run with friendly, knowledgeable and experienced MDRA member pace group leaders.

Special shopping days: Deep discounts scheduled twice a session to get you set up with everything you’ll need for training.

Cost: MDRA members $130.  Join MDRA for only $25 a year!  Does not include race registration.

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