Completing a Full Marathon (26.2M) 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 program 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. Additional perks are available for those who choose to fundraise for St. Jude Children Research Hospital.
Our Standard programis 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. This program will prepare participants for any goal marathon occurring between early October and early November. Program begins with a formal meeting on Saturday, June 24th, 6:30am at Fleet Feet Des Peres.
Our Advanced program is for experienced marathoners who have made the transition from completing to competing and want to run a qualifying time for or compete in the Boston Marathon. Program applicants are first assessed by our professional coaches and - if they have the foundation needed to train to race a qualifying time - are accepted into this positive, driven training environment. Advanced marathoners receive the perks of the standard program plus customized schedules based on one-on-one assessments, and additional group workouts. This program will prepare participants for the Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon on September 9th to qualify for the 2018 Boston Marathon and any early October to early November race to qualify for the 2019 Boston Marathon. Program begins with a formal meeting on Saturday, June 24th, 6:30am at Fleet Feet Des Peres.
Our Plus program options add a weekly Functional Strength or Functional Flexibility class to the training program. These classes help enhance performance and reduce injury risk and are important ingredients to a well-rounded training program, as explained here.
Summer/Fall 2017 Program Details:
"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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During winter/spring 2009, a film crew from KETC Channel 9 in St. Louis followed members of Fleet Feet's marathon training program as they prepared for and then ran the GO! St. Louis Marathon. Mother Nature regularly delivered forgettable weather to this particular group, but the participants' inspirational stories are ones you'll always remember. This documentary first aired on KETC on October, 21, 2009. Click here to learn more about Mike Burke and his motivational message.