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Sports Backers Marathon Training Team Kicks Off June 4 and June 5

23-week program prepares runners for Nov. 12 Allianz Partners Richmond Marathon

RICHMOND, VA – Sports Backers’ Marathon Training Team kicks off its 21st season on June 4 and June 5, with weekly group training runs taking place at Sports Backers Stadium.

A member of the Marathon Training Team in the 2021 Richmond Marathon

The Marathon Training Team kicks off June 4 and June 5

The Sports Backers’ Marathon Training Team is a proven 23-week program that has successfully trained over 18,000 people for the Allianz Partners Richmond Marathon since the team’s inception in 2002. Roughly 30 percent of team participants will be training for their first marathon. The program is led by experienced coaches who 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 taking part in the Marathon Training Team,” said Brittany Easter, a past Marathon Training Team participant. “it motivates me on weekends throughout the summer and helps me stick to my training plan, which has resulted in achieving many of my running goals.”

The Marathon Training Team registration fee of $185 includes a free entry in the Allianz Partners Richmond Marathon, as well as the following member perks:

  • Organized weekly runs with knowledgeable, supportive coaches
  • Dedicated support crew for weekend training sessions with pre-stocked hydration stations
  • Marathon Training Team shirt and a technical race shirt
  • An electronic guide book with a detailed training schedule to follow
  • Clinics on topics including fueling, hydration, and running gear
  • Special race-day support along the course from coaches

New for the 2022 Marathon Training Team is a walking team. For participants who prefer a power stroll, you can now train to speed walk your way to the finish line. In order to meet the Allianz Partners Richmond Marathon seven-hour course limit, participants will train to maintain a 16-minute pace per mile on race day.

Income-based rates are available for all Sports Backers training teams. These rates are offered to those who qualify and would otherwise not be able to participate. Marathon Training Team registration is open through July 5. For more information and registration details, please visit


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With a key message of Let’s Go, RVA, the mission of Sports Backers is to inspire people from all corners of our community to live actively. A non-profit organization, Sports Backers is dedicated to producing nationally recognized quality sporting events and programs that motivate residents and visitors alike to be more active, supporting youth running and fitness programs, and advocating for safe and connected networks of bike and pedestrian infrastructure. Learn more at

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