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2017 Summer Marathon Training Programs

Sat June 3 - Wed November 1
Location: Richmond, VA US 23230 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk, Other
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Additional race information can be found at

Lucky Road Running Store
1601 Willow Lawn Dr #838
Richmond, VA US 23230

HALF MARATHON, 23 week* Plus Program kicks off, Saturday, June 3, 2017  (prepares you for the Patrick Henry Half in August), or start July 29 for our 16 week program that aligns to the Richmond Half marathon.

FULL MARATHON, 23 week* Program kicks off, Saturday, June 3, 2017 

*note – the training plans align to the Richmond marathon on November 11, 2017, but can be adjusted to fit any full or half marathon in September – December time period.  Everyone receives a personal, individual training plan based on your race time goals.


This Signup is to register for the Race Team RVA (marathon programs).  Information below on the 2 Programs (half or full) to choose from:

First time marathons (half and full) – If you are new to running marathons, don’t worry.  We will help your determine your goal and help you reach it!  Your primary focus is to finish your first race, after that, we’ll set the bar higher so you achieve a faster time and a new personal record.
Most of our Experienced marathoners –Half marathoners: expect to finish 1.5 to 3 hours
Full marathoners: expect to finish 3 to 5:30 hours
Advanced marathoners – Sub 1.5 (half) or 3 (full)
Both programs will provide:Experienced coaches to guide you through the program.  Most coaches are CPR certified
Organized group runs on Saturdays
Organized weekday group runs throughout Richmond (Locations TBD)
Optional core workout training (on the west end of Richmond)
Marathon Teams organized by levels:  First timer and Experienced runners
Performance training to improve speed (great for those looking to improve times)
Team Discounts at Lucky Road Running Store
JOIN our TEAM today and become part of a running club that trains with a purpose!   This program will help you train for:

Full or half marathons in the Fall of 2017 (training aligns to the Richmond marathons), Or signup to simply to train to stay in shape.
Our primary objective is to help you improve your performance while avoiding injuries.   From experience, we know that training with a group helps to motivate, inspire, and drive performance.   But having prescribed goals for each run or workout, gives you an additional tool to manage your training.   We teach and lead core sessions (optional) to help you reach your maximum potential as a runner.   We also offer mid-week speed workouts as part of the program.   Running is a great exercise, but running with a purpose helps you to focus on your target so you increase your chance of reaching your race goal.

…and if you sign-up for the core sessions of our training, you will workout with some of the top certified trainers in Richmond who know how to get you in the best shape possible, not only to run stronger, but in your overall fitness.

Requirements for the full marathon program:

Must be able to run 3 miles comfortably by June 3
First group run will be a 3 mile run.
Must be at least 18 years to complete full marathon (or have permission from your parent to train)
Must be able to complete full marathon in 6 hours
Must be able to complete the half marathon in 3 hours 15 minutes

Improve your performance while avoiding injuries
Group training, led by Certified coaches, many who are also Doctors of Physical therapy, to help motivate, inspire, and drive performance
Prescribed goals for each run or workout, giving you an additional tool to manage your training
Optional core sessions lead by some of the top certified trainers in Richmond to help you reach your maximum potential as a runner and improve overall fitness
Mid-week speed workouts are also offered as part of the program
Locations will vary from west end, mid-west end area and downtown so that we enjoy the many roads that Richmond has to offer. The first run on June 3 will be held at the Lucky Road Running Store, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr #838, Richmond, VA 23230.

Start Date:  Saturday, June 3, 2017 @ 7:15 am for both full and half marathon.  First meeting at Lucky Road Running Store, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr #838, Richmond, VA 23230

All long runs are held on Saturday at 7:00 am, unless inclement weather causes us to move the runs to Sunday.  The team will vote on the best time to start but we prefer to run as early as agreed to avoid as much of the heat in Richmond as possible.

Core Fitness workouts (Optional): Tuesday & Thursday at 6pm (workouts held outside at a location in the Short Pump area).   Try our core workouts where we focus on building muscle that are critical to maintaining good running economies and limit injuries.  Past participants attribute this part of our program to their success.

Results:  In our survey, over 97% of our participants met or exceeded their race goals when adding the core option to their training.



Full:   $70.00 for Runs Only
Half:  $60.00 for Runs Only
Full or Half with Core:  $400.00 or $80.00 per month (June through November)
REGISTER today at:  Registration opens April 1.

Refund Policy – If you change your mind about participating in our programs, we are happy to honor your decision as long as the refund request is made before May 31, 2017.  To request a refund, please submit your request in writing to Dan Blankenship,    A check will be processed once the refund has been accepted and approved.

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NOTE:  THE 9 mile marathon program is FULL for this year, but you can still sign up for our regular Full Marathon Program.

This summer we are trying a new Training Plan created by Marlies Kort, Ironman 70.3 World Champion 2015 in the Female 40-44 class. In 2013 she won the New York Marathon non-pro female overall in 2h52.

Here is her story:   As much as I love training and competing, I also love coaching —it’s my passion! I’m Dutch born and bred, and now live on the beautiful sunlit island of Curacao, where I train and coach runners and triathletes from all over the world.

In 2016, while on a trip back home to The Netherlands, I discovered a radical new training system. The essence is to RUN LESS TRAINING MILES. And to run most of your long runs at marathon pace. Which is faster than the classic slow 18+ mile long-runs. At a very specific heart rate. Quite different from what traditional coaches tell you to do today.

Discover the new system from The Netherlands to immediately save 35% of your marathon prep time
Learn how you can train with less-to-zero chance on endurance related injuries
What you can do TODAY to run faster, with less effort, and race your best marathon with the least prep miles ever
Beginners as well as advanced runners from The Netherlands already proved the system to be very effective (…and this is why traditional running coaches from all over the world hate us, but YOU will love us!)