2024 Fall Marathon Training Program

The DC Road Runners Club ("DCRRC") Fall Marathon Training Program is your opportunity to successfully prepare for the Marine Corps Marathon ("MCM") or another fall marathon of your choice (e.g., Chicago, Philadelpha, etc.). MCM will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2024.

Our 18-week training program begins the last week of June 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, June 23, 2024 and the first group long run will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 07:00 AM. The training program operates rain or shine with few exceptions. Group long runs will operate through Saturday, October 19, 2024.

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 strongly recommend that all trainees, regardless of ability level, start the training program able to run at least 20 miles per week and complete a 10 mile run without stopping (other than for fuel, restroom breaks, etc.). This recommendation is for your health and safety so that you have the best chance possible to complete the training program. If you are not currently at this fitness level, we recommend considering our 10-mile/half marathon training program. If you have not run a marathon before, we strongly recommend that you consult your physician prior to entering this program.

While the marathon training program is open only to DCRRC members, we encourage non-members to join and participate. 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 $50 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.

June 23rd, 2024 7:00 AM   through   October 19th, 2024 7:00 AM
Marathon Training Program $ 50.00

Upcoming Events

DCRRC Bluemont 5K
Wed, Jul 24th, 2024, @7:00pm
DCRRC and PVTC Meet of Miles and Family Night at the Track
Sun, Aug 11th, 2024, @4:30pm
DCRRC Paul Thurston 4.5 Miler
Tue, Aug 13th, 2024, @6:45pm
DCRRC Steve Thompson 8K
Sun, Aug 18th, 2024, @7:00am
DCRRC 3+mile Cross Country Race, Kids' Races and Club Picnic
Sat, Aug 24th, 2024, @4:00pm
Book Club
Sun, Sep 8th, 2024, @4:00pm
 DCRRlogotypeRRCA member

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.