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Half and Full Marathon Training Teams

Big River Running Company is proud to host a fun, friendly and first-class training program for runners and walkers of all ability levels to prepare for fall half and full marathons.

This group is designed to help you on your personal fitness journey by providing you with coaches and teammates who share similar goals, turning the tough grind of training into a fun, social experience.

Spring 2016 Details:
Big River Training Team

  • 12-week training program
  • A variety of ways to participate based on your desired level of commitment and training goals
  • Experienced coaches and group pace leaders
  • Hundreds of participants means there are paces and running partners for all ability levels (including walk and run/walk)
  • Beginner friendly
  • Weekly long runs on Sunday mornings at 7:30 am
  • Group runs on Monday evenings at 6 pm from Big River Running stores
  • Weekly team emails to keep you informed
  • In-depth Big River Running clinic schedule throughout the Training Team season that focuses on topics to help you successfully train and run a half or full marathon.

Training Team Options:

We offer affordable training plan options for all ability and commitment levels. 

Having a training plan can help you stay injury free, improve your fitness and greatly increase the chances of achieving your goals!  You now can have a training plan designed specifically for YOU! You deserve more than a generic training plan to help you achieve your goals!

Each training plan comes with specific pace recommendations, daily mileage assignments and can be personalized for your life schedule and goal race. Additionally, for those that sign up, you will be able to contact a coach directly via email, text or phone.

Coaches – Bryan Traughber and Ellen Sanders are Big River’s Training Team coaches. Their support, guidance and motivation can help you achieve your goals! Meet the Coaches HERE.

Details on the options available for Training Team participation:

Gold Level – Customized Training Plan + Coaching Session ($99)

  • Weekly paced group run
  • Weekly newsletter email
  • Gold Level Customized Training Plan
    • 60 minute one-on-one coaching session
    • Written for your specific race
    • Individualized paces
    • Individualized workouts
    • Specific daily mileage plan
    • Unlimited communication with your coach (phone, text, email, etc.) 

Silver Level – Customized Training Plan ($50)

  • Weekly paced group run
  • Weekly newsletter email
  • Silver Level Customized Training Plan
    • Written for your specific race
    • Individualized paces
    • Individualized workouts
    • Specific daily mileage plan
    • Unlimited communication with your coach (email)


  • Weekly paced group run
  • Weekly newsletter email
  • Suggested Sunday long run mileage

Note: we will not have generic training plans available like seasons past. If you would like more structure/advice than suggested Sunday mileage, we recommend you sign up for a plan! An individualized plan is the best way to help you achieve your goals. The deadline to sign up for a plan is January 25, 2016. 

Official Training Team Sweatshirt

TT Hoodie Spring 2016

During registration, you will have the option to purchase an Official Training Team hooded sweatshirt! This season we are offering a navy blue hooded sweatshirt with the Training Team logo, available in unisex sizing.

The deadline to order a shirt during online registration is January 25. If you order a shirt during online registration, shirts will be available to pick up in mid/late February.




Registration for our Spring 2016 Training Team is coming VERY SOON!



We meet for group runs/walks every Sunday at 7:30 am beginning January 10 through April 10 to help you prepare for the GO! St. Louis half and full marathons. You can still train with the team even if those are not your goal races.


COMING SOON! Meeting Location & Mileage Schedule


There are also additional opportunities to run with a group each week at Big River’s Monday Night Group Runs at 6 p.m.


Key Dates:

  • Training Team Sign-up Opens – early December
  • Kickoff Meeting – January 6
  • Intro to Half & Full Marathon Clinic (for first-timers!) – January 12
  • First Sunday Training Team Run – January 10
  • Deadline to sign-up for a shirt and the Silver/Gold plan options – January 25
  • Training Team Registration Closes – February 29
  • GO! St. Louis Marathon & Half Marathon – April 10


Kickoff Meetings:

Join us at a kickoff meeting to learn more, ask questions and meet some of the Training Team coaches and pacers!

  • January 6 at 7:30 p.m. – Big River University City

If you can’t attend the kickoff meeting and have questions that our website does not answer, feel free to email info@bigriverrunning.com.

First time running a half or full marathon?

If you are new to the half or full marathon distance we highly recommend joining us for an informative clinic “Intro to Half & Full Marathon” on January 12. Our in-depth clinic will help you build the foundation for a successful training program. Big River can help you train smart – getting you to the start line with the confidence to reach your goals! Click HERE for details and to register.





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