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When deciding what kind of training program is best for you, it’s important to consider the amount of time you can devote to running each week, your current level of fitness, and realistic training and racing goals. The San Francisco Road Runners Club offers a variety of weekly runs and training programs for a number of target races to suit runners of every level.


Running 101 - Beginners Training Program
  • Designed for the beginner runner
  • 18 week training program, offered once a year beginning in January, with the goal of completing the Bay to Breakers 12K race
  • Focuses on the foundations of running – form, stretching, gear, hydration, etc – and includes education from renowned local experts
Novice Marathon/Half Marathon Training Program:
  • Designed for the first-time marathoner or half marathoner, or the runner returning after a long break from running
  • 16 and 24 week training programs (for half and full marathons, respectively) designed to get you to the finish line safely and comfortably
  • Requires a commitment of 4-5 days/week with the goal of increasing strength, flexibility and fitness
Veteran Marathon/Half Marathon Training Programs: Enjoy Program:
  • Designed for the experienced runner who would like to improve their finishing times, and with goals of 4+ hour marathon and 2+ hour half marathon
  • 24 week marathon and 16 week half,marathon training program that includes speed and hill workouts
  • Requires 5 days/week of running with a target mileage goal of 22-52 miles/week
Kick-Butt Program:
  • Designed for the experienced runner who has completed one or more marathons and has a specific time goal of sub-4 hour marathon or sub-2 hour half marathon
  • 24 week marathon and 16 week half marathon training program that includes speed and hill workouts
  • Requires 6 days/week of running with a target mileage goal of 25-62 miles/week