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    Runner's Den Training Programs

    Runner's Den Training Programs

    Registration is NOW OPEN for The 2024 Runner's Den Fall Training Program!
    Presented by:

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    Program Starts Saturday August 17, 2024
    Each Saturday session starts at 6am, kicking off August 17, 2024

    We are excited to announce the 13th Annual Runner's Den Fall Training Program Presented by: Hoka! Together, we will prepare for one of the Valley's best road races:
    The 49th Annual Phoenix 5K | 10K | Half Marathon Presented by: HonorHealth Foundation on November 10, 2024.

    Are you interested in running a great race but are new to the sport and not sure how to go about getting ready?  Maybe you are thinking of running your first 1/2 marathon but don't know which training program is best for you. Perhaps you are an experienced road racer and simply interested in finding a great group of folks to train with...

    If any of these descriptions fit you, join us for our 2024 Runner's Den Fall Training Program. We will again be meeting Saturday mornings, starting August 17th @ 6:00a from Runner's Den in Phoenix and working with you to get ready for Arizona’s Original Road Race, on November 10, 2024.

    With the previous success of our Sport Walking program, it will again be one of our offerings this Fall. Do you enjoy walking and want to challenge yourself and improve your fitness? If so, Sport Walking may be for you! What distinguishes Sport Walking from casual walking and fitness walking is the element of setting challenging athletic performance goals. This program will prepare you to walk the 5K or 10K race at the Phoenix 10K. Our highly qualified coach, Maria Peck, has created a unique program to help you improve your walking technique, which will increase your speed and endurance.


    We offer a general 10K and Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Half Marathon training programs in addition to our Sport Walking offering. Please note, these titles refer to experience level at the ½ marathon distance, not speed or relative competitiveness. 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.

    Sport Walking Program
    This program is offered to anyone interested in improving their fitness and is targeting those who can walk at least 1 mile continuously at a pace of 20 minutes per mile.

    10k Program
    This program is offered to anyone who can currently run/walk 1-2 miles with 50% running and has set a goal of completing a 10k (6.2 Miles).

    Beginner Half Marathon Program Qualifications
    This program is offered to anyone who can run/walk 3 miles with 80% running and has set a goal of completing a Half Marathon (13.1 Miles). This program has a time commitment of 3 - 3.5 Hours / Week.

    Intermediate Half Marathon Program Qualifications
    This program is offered to anyone who has successfully run at least 1-2 Half Marathon events. You should be able to run 5 miles non-stop at a conversational pace, and can commit to 3.5 - 4 hours of training / week.

    Advanced Half Marathon Program Qualfications 
    This program is offered to anyone who has successfully run at least 4 Half Marathon events. You should be able to run 8 miles non-stop at a conversational pace, and can commit to 4 - 4.5 hours of training / week.

    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.

    Sponsored by:
    • (1) FREE ENTRY into the 49th Annual Phoenix 5k | 10k | Half Marathon (any distance) ($95 Value)
    • $100 Store Credit Good towards any full-price purchases at Runner's Den or Sole Sports Running Zone ($100 Value)
    • One $35 entry into the 46th annual Runner’s Den Pancake Run on February 9, 2025. The Race is limited to the first 2,000 entrants and this guarantees you a spot if you register by November 15th. (Opening entry fee is $49) The staging of the event is year to year due to ongoing construction at PV. (Formerly Paradise Valley Mall). In the event that the race cannot be held, this offer is void.
    • 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.
    • Demo runs (2) with HOKA providing you the opportunity to test drive some of their hottest training and racing models
    • 2024 design Runner’s Den Training Shirt ($30 Value, no attendance requirement)
    • Weekly supervised training runs, starting at Runner's Den. Water stations and course marking will be provided.
      (Saturday mornings, at 6am)  Starting Saturday, August 17, 2024
    • Weekly email correspondence with program updates, reference materials and articles
    • 10% discount on all non-credit, regularly priced in-store Runner’s Den/Sole Sports purchases through 12/31/24. Fine print: excludes purchases of gift cards and electronic products
    • Special visits by local Physical Therapy organizations
    • Race week Happy Hour Party to get all participants charged up for the Race
    • Access to the Runner's Den | Sole Sports Hospitality Tent on Race Day (PRICELESS!)


    In addition, for those participants joining us at a minimum of (7) weekly training runs, we will be providing

    • One pair of Balega Socks, up to $20 value.
    • A special "swag" item provided by HOKA


    TOTAL VALUE: $385+

    PROGRAM COST: $185 (Over $200 in Savings!)


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