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  • Marathon & Half-Marathon Training

    Charleston Runs Group Marathon Training for Fall 2013 races will kickoff on July 6, 2013. Stay in touch with us about all of our upcoming training programs by signing up for our email list on our contact page.
    If you would like to train on your own before July, please contact Coach Greg Shore at

    ccc8k09031Building Up Your Miles

    Anybody who wants to complete a marathon this fall should be running now and you should have been running for the last year. Coming into the training, you should be running 15 or more miles each week and your long runs should be at 8-10 miles each week
    The half marathon training is a little bit different. You should be able to run five miles with no issues and you should be a regular runner. Your program begins 12 weeks before your race and you are invited to begin up to 16 weeks before your race.

    Your Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

    Charleston Runs training is always personal. That’s why we can offer to let you begin at different points. Coach Greg wants to know you as a runner and a person and wants to match your goals, fitness level, and lifestyle to your training program. Every runner in the program follows a very similar program but it is truly customized for your ability. Training for the Marathon is $185 and the half-marathon plan is $140.

    What Can I Expect if I Enroll?

    • A monthly training plan that continues until 2 weeks after your race.
    • Unlimited email support
    • Supported Saturday group runs beginning July 6 and continuing until December 21. This means there will be a non-runner driving the route and checking on your progress. The driver carries water and a cooler. Coach Greg will be either driving the route or running or racing with the group every Saturday.
    • Weekly group email with hints and tips for training for your race.
    Group runs take place in Mt Pleasant from St. Andrew’s Church (440 Whilden Street) on Saturdays. Group runs begin at 5 am through October. Many Charleston Runs athletes get together during the week on their own. Once each week, depending on interest, Coach Greg can be found at the Mt Pleasant track for some additional group training.

    How Do I Enroll in Marathon  or Half-Marathon Training?

    Enroll now by emailing

    We understand that runners may have to drop out of training for a variety of reasons and many of them are beyond the runner’s control. However, the decision to drop the training is always  the runner’s decision and for this reason we do not offer any refunds once you receive your first training schedule.

    Training Cost

    • Marathon Training - $185
    • Half-Marathon Training - $140

    Current and previous Charleston Runs athletes enjoy a 10% discount. Gather two more of your friends and enroll at the same time and you’ll receive a 10% discount as well.

    Upcoming Race Schedules

    Here are some of the races that other runners have expressed an interest in running and the best date for you to begin training with the group. If your race is prior to October 28, you’ll train on your own until the group gathers on July 6 and you will be provided with a training plan that begins at the appropriate time.
    Race Date Begin Training
    Francis Marion Dirt Dash September 7, 2013 June 29, 2013
    Chicago Marathon October 13, 2013 June 22, 2013
    GROUP RUNS BEGIN July 6, 2013  
    Marine Corps Marathon October 27, 2013 July 6, 2013
    NYC Marathon November 3, 2013 July 6, 2013
    Savannah Marathon November 9, 2013 July 13, 2013
    Historic Georgetown Bridge to Bridge Half-Marathon Ocotber 12, 2013 July 20, 2013
    Philadelphia Marathon November 17, 2013 July 27, 2013
    Savannah Half-Marathon November 9, 2013 August 10, 2013
    Kiawah Marathon December 14, 2013 August 10, 2013
    Last Chance 50K Trail Run* December 14, 2013 August 10, 2013
    Kiawah Half-Marathon December 8, 2013 September 14, 2013
    Disney Marathon January 12, 2013 September 21, 2013
    Charleston Marathon January 18, 2013 September 28, 2013
    Disney Half-Marathon January 11, 2013 October 19, 2013
    Charleston Half-Marathon January 18, 2013 October 26, 2013
    To enroll or for more information about the marathon and half-marathon training programs, please contact Coach Greg Shore at