Pricing and Information


Through August 2: $140
August 3 – September 2: $155

Cost Includes:

  • 14-week half marathon training program (begins Saturday, Aug. 10 or Sunday, Aug. 11) with a detailed written schedule.
  • Personal guidance from a team of experienced coaches.
  • Organized and supported group runs each Saturday or Sunday
  • Teams built around experience and ability, so you’re running with others of similar pace.
  • Sports Backers HMTT t-shirt and technical race shirt.
  • a FREE 2019 Markel Richmond Half Marathon entry and all associated race benefits (including participant shirt).
  • Access to clinics on nutrition, running attire and other related topics.


Please Note:

  • Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, no exceptions.
  • You must be at least 14 years of age to participate.  If you are under the age of 16, you must have a parent/guardian present for all training runs.
  • Strollers/Baby joggers are not permitted at group runs or in the Markel Richmond Half Marathon.

Already signed up for the half marathon and want to participate in the training team? No problem! Just click here for info on switching races and follow the prompts. The system will charge you the difference between the half marathon and the training team. If you originally paid by check, send a check made out to Sports Backers for the difference in price between the training team fee and your half marathon entry fee you’ve paid for the event. Just indicate if you’d like to do your Group Run on Saturday or Sunday, if you’d like to train with the novice or intermediate group, your typical pace/mile and your most recent 10k time.

Once you have registered for the training team, there will be no refund of entry fees if you are unable to complete the program.

If you choose to run the Richmond 8k, rather than the Markel Richmond Half Marathon, you will be charged the event’s standard $10 fee to switch races. You may not defer your 2019 Sports Backers Half Marathon Training Team entry nor your free entry in the 2019 Markel Richmond Half Marathon to the 2020 event.

Special Rates

Those who make $25,000 or less annually or receive proven TANF, Food Stamp or Energy Assistance Benefits from Social Services are eligible for a special $25 rate for the Half Marathon Training Team. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this income-based entry free, visit the Sports Backers office located at 100 Avenue of Champions, Richmond, VA 23230 to apply. Please bring with you this completed form along with one of the following:

  • Verification/Eligibility letter from Social Services
  • 2 most recent paystubs
  • Tax Return

For more information, please call 285-9495 x250.


  • The Markel Richmond Half Marathon has a 4-hour time limit, which would require running a good portion of the 13.1 miles.
  • There is no “walking” group for the training team.
  • You must be at least 14 years of age to participate. If you are under the age of 16, you must have a parent/guardian present for all training runs.

Head Coach

Veteran coach Ro Gammon will again lead the Sports Backers Half Marathon Training Team. Ro has been the popular head coach of the Half Marathon Training Team since its inception and for the Midlothian YMCA 10k Training Team since 2001. She also served as a Marathon Training Team coach for 8 years. She is a certified personal trainer and running coach and has served as an Educator and Coach in the Powhatan School System for 34 years.