Fleet Feet Running Club

26.2mi Training

Programs for beginners and veterans.

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Completing a Full Marathon (26.2mi) is a life-changing event. A marathon finisher’s medal is a symbol of dedication, hard work, and the accomplishment of a challenging goal. Participants in our 16-week programs benefit from our professional head coaches, experienced mentors, well-managed group runs on the St. Louis area’s best paths, access to an extensive lineup of health care professionals, and informational clinics on nutrition, hydration, gear, injury prevention, stretching techniques, and more.

Why join our 26.2mi programs?

  • Individualized training in a group setting.  Our proven program has served more than three thousand marathoners. Over the past decade, participants have given the program an average rating of 4.8 stars (out of five) and more than 90% have completed their goal race.
  • Experienced, professional head coaching.  Our degreed and credentialed head coaches assess each participant's current fitness level and goals and ensure that they train at an appropriate level.
  • Mentors who have completed over 500 marathons.  Experienced mentors offer support and motivation to athletes/
  • Our community is vast.  You won't be alone!  Our experienced mentors offer support and motivation to athletes in a wide variety of pace groups.
  • Multiple weekly group workouts.  Team members are invited to participate in two or three coached workouts each week, depending on their program. Additional social runs are available, as well.

Our 26.2mi Finish program is appropriate for anyone who wants to enjoy training to run 26.2 miles between 3 hours (8:00/mile long run training pace) and 5¼ hours (13:00/mile long run training pace).  We welcome first-time marathoners and veterans looking for a structured program that will prepare them to run a personal best.

Our 26.2mi Fast program is for experienced marathoners who have made the transition from completing to competing and want to run a Personal Record (PR) for their age, Boston Marathon qualifying time, or similar very challenging effort.  Program applicants are first assessed by our professional coaches and - if they have the foundation needed to attain their goal - are accepted into this positive, driven training environment.

Upcoming Programs

Our 26.2mi Finish and 26.2mi Fast programs will begin with a kickoff meeting on December 14th at 7:30am, Location TBD.  We train Tuesday evenings at Parkway Northeast Middle School at 6:30pm and Saturday mornings at various St. Louis/St. Charles parks starting at 7:30am.  Folks in our 26.2mi Fast program meet on Sundays at Forest Park Visitor Center at 7:00am, too.  We invite you to pass the time before your program begins by joining us for our Thursday evening and Sunday morning social runs.  

*To become an Active-Level member, click here.  As an Active-Level member, you will have unlimited access to our professional coaches and hundreds of new running buddies via our FFRC Facebook page.  You'll receive 24/7, 365 days of discounts on FFRC training services and FFRC/Fleet Feet St. Louis gear.  And, you'll receive priority access to select events and weekly product deals.  To register for the 26.2mi Finish programclick here.  To register for the 26.2mi Fast programclick here.  


"Just wanted to give a little shout out to the amazing Fleet Feet family and my awesome pace coach! I PR'd on my marathon today, and all the support meant so much!" – L.K.

"To the excellent Fleet Feet coaches who all helped me achieve something that just four months ago I wasn't sure was possible. I want to say THANK YOU!" – M.K.

"Thank you to all the Fleet Feet coaches for their dedication. I have just signed up for my fourth marathon training program. I just can’t get enough." – K.S.

"I thought qualifying for Boston was an elusive dream until I started training with the Advanced Fleet Feet marathon group. Now it is a reality! Thanks Fleet Feet." – J.L.

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