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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.

Fall 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 7:00 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’s Bryan Traughber, Ellen Sanders and Jim Helton, all support Big River’s Training Team. Their support, guidance and motivation can help you achieve your goals! Meet the Coaches HERE.

Pacers – We have a pace for everyone, including walkers and walk/run! Meet the Pacers coming soon!

Details on the options available for Training Team participation:

Gold Level – Customized Training Plan + Coaching Session ($99)
Deadline for this option has passed.

  • 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)
Deadline for this option has passed.

  • 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)

Deadline for this option has passed.                                                 

  • 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 October (or close to that timeframe). For a different time frame or longer plan, please refer to Big River Personal Coaching

Official Training Team ShirtTT Coach Shirt

This season we are offering the option to purchase a 3/4 length sleeve raglan lifestyle t-shirt. Super soft and cozy, now you can represent Training Team even when you aren’t on the run! Heather grey with navy sleeves, this shirt offers the Training Team logo on the front and is perfect for post-race celebrations! SIZING IS UNISEX.

Place your order when signing up for Training Team. Deadline to order a shirt has passed. You will receive your shirt in mid to late August at a Training Team run.


Registration is closed for the Fall 2016 season.


We meet for group runs/walks every Sunday at 7:00 am beginning July 10 through October to help you prepare for the your fall full or half marathon. Goal races include The MO Cowbell Full and Half Marathon and The Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Half Marathon. You can still train with the team even if those are not your goal races.

*If you are a first-time/beginner marathoner and would like advice on how to properly build up to 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 June
  • Training Team Kickoff Meeting/Q&A Session – July 7
  • Intro to Half & Full Marathon Clinic (for first-timers!) – July 19
  • First Sunday Training Team Run – July 10
  • Deadline to purchase a training plan – July 25
  • Deadline to order a Training Team shirt – July 25 (through Training Team registration)
  • Training Team Sign-up Closes – August 14



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Goal Races:

MO' Cowbell  go-halloween