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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 spring 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.

Registration for the Spring 2017 training session is now closed. We’ll start training for fall half and full marathons in July!

Spring 2017 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
  • Big River Running clinic schedule throughout the Training Team season that covers topics to help you successfully train.

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 – Big River Personal Coaching supports Big River’s Training Team, lead by head coach Bryan Traughber. Their support, guidance and motivation can help you achieve your goals!

Pace Groups – We have a pace for everyone, including walkers and walk/run! Click HERE for the pace groups we’ll have for Spring 2017. On Sunday mornings, we run in groups based on pace, not distance. Pace should be training (long run) pace, not race pace. Although everyone in your group will run a similar pace, people will be running different distances.

Details on the options available for Training Team participation:

Gold Level – Customized Training Plan + Coaching Session + Wednesday Workout Package ($125) Registration for this option is now closed.

  • 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.) 
  • Wednesday Workouts (see below)

Silver Level – Customized Training Plan ($50)
Registration for this option is now closed.

  • 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)

Wednesday Workout Package ($50 a la carte, but included in Gold Level)
Registration for this option is now closed.
While many people training for a half or full marathon focus on long runs and the endurance aspect of training, speed and pace work play a very important role and should not be overlooked! This Training Team season we are offering the option to participate in a structured weekly speed/pace workout with the guidance of a coach.

  • Wednesday workouts will go from Jan. 25 to March 29.
  • We will meet at either Vianney High School or Meramec Community College each week at 6:30 p.m.
  • The workout package is included at the Gold Level, but can also be purchased if you choose to participate at the Silver or Free Level
  • Workouts will be standard among all participants each week, however paces and volume will be targeted based on individual and training needs


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

Note: 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. Plans at this price structure are designed to be 12-week plans for goal races in April (or close to that timeframe). For a different time frame or longer plan, please refer to Big River Personal Coaching

Official Training Team Shirt

The deadline to place a shirt order has passed. If you paid for a shirt, you will receive it in late February at a Training Team run.

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We meet for group runs/walks every Sunday at 7:30 am beginning January 15 and going into April to help you prepare for the your spring full or half marathon. Our goal race is the GO! St. Louis Half & Full Marathon. You can still train with the team even if this is not your goal race.

*If you are a first-time/beginner marathoner and would like advice on how to properly build up to 6-8 miles so you can begin running with Training Team, email info@bigriverrunning.com. We’re here to help!


Mileage & Location 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
  • Training Team Kickoff Meeting/Q&A Session – January 8
  • Intro to Half & Full Marathon Clinic (for first-timers!) – January 19
  • First Sunday Training Team Run – January 15
  • Deadline to purchase a training plan or Wednesday Workout Package – January 30
  • Deadline to order a Training Team shirt – January 30 (through Training Team registration)
  • Training Team Sign-up Closes – February 27



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Goal Race:

GO St. Louis