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Chicago Marathon

Sun October 9, 2022 Chicago, IL 60622 US Directions

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Don't train alone!

Join the DC Half Training Team!

Come train with us!

The DC Half has partnered with Bird to bring you the training and support you need to be ready for race day.

Whether you're trying to PR or looking to finish your first half, you'll do better with the help of a coach and have more fun training with others.

Who should join

14 Week Beginner team: Beginner and intermediate runners who are looking to increase their endurance and get comfortable at race pace. You should be able to run or run/walk 5 miles (even if it's slow!) at the start of the plan. We will be increasing mileage slowly to build volume while avoiding injury.

12 Week Intermediate team: Intermediate and advanced runners who are looking to increase their endurance and speed. This plan starts with a long run of 8 miles and incorporates tempos, speed work and hills!

What's included

A customizable training program for your fitness, ability level and race goals

One on one, weekly text support from Coach Shane for questions, advice and motivation

Live coaching calls twice a month

Group chat with other runners for motivation and high fives 🙌🏼

Coach Shane Williams

“I'm a UESCA-certified coach and ultramarathoner, and I've coached weekend warriors and elite athletes alike. I love supporting my athletes during training and seeing them grow and succeed!”

What runners are saying:


Years ago, I used to participate (run/walk) in 5ks to half marathons, but it's been at least 5 years since my last one. I joined Bird to help motivate me and to have some accountability to get moving again.All the coaches were extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful!

The guidance and weekly run plans were clear and provided you with specific instructions for beginners, intermediates, and experts. The regular text check-ins and weekly virtual happy hours were the accountability that I was looking for and demonstrated that the coaches really cared about helping you get to where you wanted to be in the program.

- Robin from CA

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