Running Buddies: Broad Street Run Training Groups to Prep for the Race

Group-training programs to help you PR at the May 3rd race.

Team Philly Race Training

Team Philly Race Training

I’m willing to bet you’re juuuust about to kick off your Broad Street Run training any time now. With the race just 10 weeks away (!!), it’s time to start getting serious about your mileage, cross-training, rest days and more.

If the prospect of logging long runs all by your lonesome has you worried (or, let’s face it, mildly depressed), check out these four pro-led, group-training options in and around Philly. All the details about each program are below, but be sure to join soon so you don’t miss out on training opportunities: Most programs either just kicked off last weekend (don’t worry — you can totally catch up) or will kick off this coming weekend.

Happy trails! 

» For more Broad Street Run coverage, check out our complete Broad Street Run Guide

Team Philly
Includes: Weekly group runs and Saturday long runs; training calendar for solo workouts; specialized clinics on topics like injury prevention and eating for running; Team Philly tech shirt; discounts at Philadelphia Runner; early access to registration for the Philly 10K; and more.
Cost: $64

The granddaddy of race training in the Philly area is sporting a whole new look and website this year. Past Team Philly participants will notice that the participation fee is significantly reduce from years’ past — “That’s in an effort to make race training available to more runners,” says Team Philly coach Ross Martinson. The kick-off run is happening this weekend, on February 28th, with a program overview at 8 a.m. followed by a run at 8; distances begin at two miles. Meet at Philadelphia Runner University City.

ODDyssey Training Team for Broad Street and the ODDyssey Half Marathon
Includes: Online training plan for solo workouts; Saturday group long runs; post-run brunches and parties.
Cost: Free.

The folks over at the ODDyssey Half Marathon want to help you get ready for their own race and Broad Street this year. The idea is simple: Train for Broad Street on May 3rd, but keep up with your running after the race to complete — and, let’s be honest, totally crush — the ODDyssey on June 14th. Just don’t forget to register for the ODDyssey Half Marathon here.

CoreFitness Broad Street Run Training
Includes: Group runs on Saturday mornings; training calendar for solo workouts; private Facebook group for training participants.
Cost: $39.

In addition to group runs and everything else described above, participants can join in on additional cross-training classes like boot camp at the Art Museum or Hills & Drills at the Water Works. Those classes can be paid for with CoreFitness class cards or a drop-in fee of $20.

Includes: Between two and four group workouts, clinics and workshops each week; training calendar for solo workouts; discounts at Indigo Schuy, Philadelphia Bikesmith and other partners; social events and post-workout gatherings.
Cost: $200 for the year, or $25 per month with a six-month commitment.

Led by seasoned triathlon and running coach Marcy Gialdo, this women-only race training group is aimed at helping you train for races throughout the year (hence, the annual membership). If you join now, the group will be focusing specifically on the Broad Street Run for the next few months, with group runs and workouts geared toward the May 3rd 10-miler.

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