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Sports Backers kick off 18th annual Marathon Training Team on June 1

Richmond, VAThe Sports Backers Marathon Training Team kicks off on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, celebrating its 18th year of growth and success as participants prepare for the November 16 VCU Health Richmond Marathon. As the June 23rd deadline to sign up for the training team approaches, the program has already attracted over 900 participants. Roughly 30 percent of those participants will be training for their first marathon.

The Sports Backers Marathon Training Team is a proven 24-week program that has successfully trained over 16,000 people for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon since the team’s inception in 2002. The program is led by head coaches Carrie Parker, Jake Wiseman, and Kevin Burcham, who all have prior experience with the Marathon Training Team and are eager to provide motivation and guidance in a supportive setting to help participants achieve their goal of completing 26.2 miles.

“Many of my running partners and close friendships have been developed as a result of MTT,” said Brittany Easter, a 2017 Marathon Training Team participant. “It motivates me on weekends throughout the summer to stick to my plan, which has resulted in me achieving many of my goals.”

The Marathon Training Team registration fee of $180 includes a free entry in the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, along with a Marathon Training Team shirt, a technical race shirt, a guide book, clinics, and organized weekly runs with experienced coaches. Participants will also receive special race day support along the course from coaches, and an exclusive clothing drop.

Group Runs Take Place Both Saturdays and Sundays

Runners have the option to participate in group runs on either Saturday or Sunday mornings from Sports Backers Stadium located next to The Diamond. The 42nd running of the VCU Health Richmond Marathon will take place on Saturday, November 16. It is preceded by the Richmond 8k and the Markel Richmond Half Marathon. Online registration for all three events is available at