2024 Spring Half-Marathon Training Program

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The DC Road Runners Club (DCRRC) Spring Half-Marathon Training Program is your opportunity to successfully prepare for the Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon or another race of your choice. The Rock 'n' Roll race will be held Saturday, March 16, 2024.  Our program is easily adapted for the 2024 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler.

Our training program begins the last week of December and convenes as a group every Saturday morning (a.k.a. “Saturday Long Run” or SLR) at North Meade Street Park, which is across the street from the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Rosslyn, Virginia. The training plan begins on Sunday, December 24, 2023 and the first group long run will be held on Monday, January 1, 2023 in conjunction with the Club's Predictions and Resolutions 5K. Yes, that's right, our first group run will be a 5K race--albeit a low key race and at your own pace. Note that group runs will normally meet on Saturday mornoings. Group long runs will operate through Saturday, March 9, 2024.

The training program runs rain, snow, or shine with few exceptions. The program is open to any healthy adult at virtually any level of athletic ability. There is no speed requirement and all paces are welcome. We recommended that trainees be running 10 or more miles per week and able to complete a long run of at least 3 miles at the beginning of the training program. If you have not run a 10-miler or half-marathon before, we strongly recommend that you consult your physician prior to entering this program.

You must be a member of DCRRC to participate in the half-marathon training program. If you are not currently a member, or need to renew an expired membership, you can complete the necessary steps here: DCRRC Membership Information. The training program cost is $25 for current DCRRC members in good standing. You must also select and register for a race on your own; we do not provide guaranteed or free entries. Training program members are encouraged to participate in / volunteer at the Club's many free races and events, which are included in your annual membership fee. We are all part of the DMV's running community and it's up to us to keep it inclusive and vibrant!

**Registration is open to those participants 18 years of age and older as of the start of the program.**

What's included in the training program?

  • Coaching for your pace and fitness level
  • DCRRC training t-shirts and opportunities for other Club swag
  • Weekly informational updates and training plans
  • Weekly training runs:
    • Saturday morning group runs
    • Mid-week speed workouts
  • Occasional seminars by professionals in physical therapy, diet and more
  • Social opportunities throughout training season
  • Motivation and camaraderie found only with a training group

Weather Policy: Safety is our number one priority. A race, training run, or other event may be canceled, delayed, suspended or postponed, or the course may be modified in the event of threatening weather conditions that could make the run unsafe for participants. Such threatening weather conditions may include: lightning, heavy rains, wind / tornadoes, extreme heat, ice / snow, or other major weather conditions. Extreme heat is defined as a heat index that meets or exceeds 105 °F at the time of the event or run. Lightning strikes within one mile of the planned course are considered threatening. It is up to the race director or run leader to determine whether the conditions are threatening and communicate any decision to alter the event or run to participants.


December 24th, 2023 8:00 AM   through   March 16th, 2024 8:00 AM
10-Mile and Half-Marathon Training Program $ 25.00

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The DC Road Runners Club is a member of the Road Runners Club of America and is also affiliated with USA Track & Field. We provide a year-round schedule of running events that offer everyone a chance to participate regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability.