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    Registration for the Gilbert Half Training Programs will Open May 1, 2024
    The 2024 Kickoff Party will take place on Saturday August 24, 2024!
    Sessions will be Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays - Starting August 26, 2024
    We are excited to announce our 1st annual, 2024 Gilbert Half Marathon Training Program! Together, we will prepare for one of the East Valley's top road races, the Gilbert Half Marathon |10k | 5k, on November 16th, 2024.

    We offer the following training programs:
    Beginner 10k | Beginner Half | Intermediate Half | Advanced Half.
    Our goals are to help you develop on a healthy, injury free trajectory. With our experience, we sincerely believe this is the best supervised program available in Arizona.

    Beginner 10K Program
     Can you run/walk 1-2 miles with 50% running and have set a goal of completing a 6.2 mile (10K) running event. Perhaps you have walked in a couple of 5K events, maybe not. We have the program for you to get you to the finish.

    Beginner Half Marathon Program Qualifications: 
    Can you run/walk 3 miles with 80% running and have you set a goal of completing a 13.1 half marathon event.  Perhaps you have participated in a few shorter events, maybe not.  Finish time is of no consequence. We consider this a minimum starting point. If you are not quite here yet, perhaps try the 10K Training Program we offer. Program consists of approx. 185-200 total miles of preparation.  At 11 minute pace, approximately 35 hours of running over the 12 week training schedule. Approximately 3 - 3.5 hours running per week.

    Intermediate Half Marathon Program Qualifications: 
    Athlete has successfully run a minimum of (2) half marathon events  Can run 5 miles non-stop and has the goal of running the half marathon event non-stop at a conversational pace. Program consists of approx. 230-250 total miles of preparation.  At 10 minute pace, approximately 40 hours of running over the 12 week training schedule. Approximately 3.5 - 4  hours running per week.

    Advanced Half Marathon Program Qualifications: 
    You have  successfully run a minimum of (4) half marathon events  Can run 8 miles non-stop at a conversational pace and has the goal of running the half marathon distance event at your 8K/10K PR pace. Program consists of approx. 260-285 total miles of preparation.  At 9 minute pace, approximately 40-45 hours of running over the 12 week training schedule. Approximately 3.8 - 4.3  hours running per week.

    Sport Walking Program Qualifications:

    Everyone knows walking is a safe and effective fitness activity, but have you ever considered it a sport? 
    This program is offered to anyone interested in improving their fitness and is targeting those who, when entering the program, can walk at least 1 mile continuously at a pace of 20 minutes per mile.

    We consider each of the programs outlined above the minimum amount of time/distance you need to be willing to invest in order to be successful within that program. The outlined times/distances do not include daily warm-up, stretching, cool down, post workout stretching, cross training, coffee consumption or pre-workout rituals.

                                                      2024 TRAINING PROGRAM FEATURES
    • (1) Free entry into any of the Phoenix 10K/Half Marathon/5K events (Current Half Marathon price is $85)
    • $100 credit at Runner’s Den
    • (1)  $25 entry into the 46th annual Runner’s Den Pancake Run on February 2, 2025, Race is limited to the first 2,000 entrants. This guarantees you a spot if you register prior to race filling. (Opening entry fee is $48) Staging of the event is year to year due to ongoing construction at PV. (Formerly Paradise VAlley Mall)
    • A 13 week, training program, beginning August 17th, 2024.  Offered again are our 10K program, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels for the 1/2 Marathon and our Sport Walking program. 
    • Weekly supervised training runs, starting at Runner's Den. Water stations and course marking will be provided.          (Saturday mornings, starting at 6am)  Starting Saturday, August 17, 2024
    • Weekly email correspondence with program updates, reference materials and articles.
    • Permanent membership into the Runner’s Den Customer Rewards Program.
    • 10% discount on all non-credit, regularly priced in-store Runner’s Den purchases through 12/31/24. Fine print: excludes purchases of gift cards and Garmin products. 
    • Access to our Runner's Den hospitality tent on Race Days (Priceless)   
    In addition, for those participants joining us at a minimum of (7) of our weekly group runs, we will be providing:
    • A 2024 design Runner’s Den Technical Running Shirt ($28 Value) 
    • One pair of FEETURES technical socks ($16 Value)

    Program Fee: $185

    Participation is limited to the first 300 registrants

    Should you have any training program questions, "Contact Us", using the following link: https://www.therunnersden.com/contact---training.html
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