Training Programs for the 2016 Asheville Marathon, Half & CHALLENGE are presented by ChiRunning
Being part of our community training group will help BEST prepare you mentally and physically for the Asheville Marathon & Half marathon in March. You will learn from the BEST resources we have in WNC to keep you motivated and teach you how to prep for a marathon or half marathon, or both. Having the camraderie of fellow runners as well as the commitment to train together on the weekends, will help you stick to you plan to cross that finish line on March 12th and/or 13th. See below for more details.
If you aren’t local, or can’t take part in the personalized training, take advantage of the online training options for the Half or Full Marathon at ChiRunning. See below for details.
Get Chi Training, the official Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate training program, and learn the Chi Running technique to complete the Asheville Marathon, or Half, pain and injury-free, preparing you for this particular elite course where civilized meets primitive.
There are several Packages to match your training needs:
PACKAGES FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY TRAINING:
Full Marathon Community Training: Asheville Marathon Training with ChiRunning Founder — This 20-week training program includes essential in-person support from Danny at technique clinics, long runs and hill/track workouts with support from certified local running coaches and Danny Dreyer with Chi Running. All running levels and abilities welcome. Running and cool race schwag from our partners including hydration systems, training tee, marathon schwag, nutritional freebies and discounts with various running partners. $125 SIGN UP NOW AT REGISTRATION
Half Marathon Community Training: Asheville Half Marathon Training with ChiRunning Founder — This 16-week training program includes essential in-person support from Danny at technique clinics, long runs and hill/track workouts with support from certified local running coaches and Danny Dreyer with Chi Running. All running levels and abilities welcome. Running and cool race schwag from our partners including hydration systems, training tee, marathon schwag, nutritional freebies and discounts with various running partners. $95 SIGN UP NOW AT REGISTRATION
If you have already registered, and would like to join the Community Training Programs, simply add your desired package from our STORE on ImAthlete.
Community Training Program(s) perks include:
- Complete training plan to get you to the start and finish line for the half or the full marathon.
- An official ‘In Training’ tee.
- Schwag from our Asheville Marathon & Half partners such as Nuun, and more…
- Friends to run with all fall and winter long.
- Discounted race entry for the Full and Half marathon.
- A Techniques Class — One for the marathoners and one for half marathoners, at the beginning of each of the respective training periods, held at UNCA Track
- Long Training Runs — All long runs will take place on terrain and surfaces similar to the Asheville Marathon and Half Marathon and include some specific technique instruction for the course. See Training Program Schedule below.
- General weekday Group Runs (optional) — With experienced Training Group Leaders for all levels and abilities of runners; Including Danny Dreyer from Chi Running, Chi Running Staff and trainers as well as prior participants that have completed the Chi Running training and the AVL Marathon or Half Marathon previously! Locations, times, and distances are given when you register for the training program.
- Digital version of our training program.
Info session about the training program on Monday, November 16th at 6pm at Highland Brewing Company. Come learn more about it there and then, or go ahead and sign up online now on imathlete and then come out to the run and meet others.
ONLINE PACKAGES FOR OUT-OF-TOWNERS:
Online Training: Asheville Marathon & Half Beginner Online Training Program — The official Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate e-Chi Training Program to help you learn the ChiRunning technique. This online program with video lessons is designed for beginner marathon runners and is recommended for anyone who can comfortably run a 10K. Once you order this package, you will receive a link via email to activate your online program.
LEARN MORE & ORDER YOUR TRAINING PACKAGE AT THE CHI-STORE
Training Programs Schedule:
You will get a detailed weekly schedule when you sign up for your training program. (2015/2016 training schedule will be updated soon)
TRAINING ORGANIZATIONAL MEETINGS
- Marathoners –Saturday, November 6th, at 9am at the UNCA track
- Half Marathoners – Saturday, Nov. 28th at UNCA track at 9am
TRAINING KICK OFF:
6:00 pm on Monday, November 16th— Intro to Chi Running Training and Kickoff Party At Highland Brewery
9:00 am on Saturday, November 21st — Marathon Kickoff Group Run at UNCA Track with Danny Dreyer from Chi Running (all levels and abilities welcome)9:00 am on Saturday, December 12th — Half Marathon Kickoff Group Run at UNCA Track with Danny Dreyer from Chi Running (all levels and abilities welcome)
General Weekly Group Run Schedule will be provided when you register for the in person training program. Participate in as few or as many of these group runs as you want! Impromptu and more group runs to be announced!
Upcoming Technique training you won’t want to miss!Half and Full Marathon Running Technique Clinics with Danny Dreyer As a part of your training program, you are invited to attend a 1-2hr. running form clinic to help improve your running technique and avoid any injuries during your training. The clinic will be taught by Danny Dreyer, Founder of ChiRunning. Danny will also explain how the training program works and what to expect.
- Full Marathon Running Technique Clinic with Danny Dreyer: Saturday, November 21st at the UNCA Track at 9:00am
2. Half Marathon Running Technique Clinic with Danny Dreyer: Saturday, December 12that the UNCA Track at 9:00am
Danny Dreyer, founder of Chi Running, will lead the some of the Sunday long runs at Bent Creek Hard Times trail head (and other great locations) starting at 9am. A complete schedule will be given to you when you sign up for the training program.
3. Run with the Race Director and Danny Dreyer – Winter Date TBD You will get a detailed weekly schedule when you sign up for your training program.
“The training plan gave me confidence entering the race and the group support was incredibly helpful during the later stages of the race. I was pleasantly surprised that the recovery time was so short. My expectation prior to beginning Chi training was to be completely wasted with a week or more of recovery. I was aware that pain/discomfort meant I was missing a focus. I was able to run through my mental checklist and correct issues before they became disabling. My current focus is relaxing my ankles to eliminate ankle/achilles discomfort.” – AVL Biltmore Marathon Training Program participant
“Sticking to the planned runs helped me gain the confidence for being able to run a marathon! I was worried about the hills since we weren’t able to practice the course ahead of time. Danny’s instructions about what to do on training runs was right on! I felt strong and enjoyed the hills during the marathon! Lots of things about ChiRunning helped – body sensing, form focuses, y’chi, arm twirls while running downhill (Danny showed that to us at one of the technique clinics), learning about cadence and more! I found the training calendar very easy to work with. It was very helpful to have direct links for videos for the daily form focuses. I found the menu listings to be very useful as well (such as, the appendices, vision & goals, programs, reports, etc.).” – AVL Biltmore Marathon Training Program participant
“I did make it to one of the technique clinics and got a ton out of it! Danny Dreyer is so down to earth and amazing. Jeff, too, was very helpful and knowledgeable! When I signed up for the marathon, I wasn’t really sure why people ran marathons. But, I learned so much about myself through the training, gained confidence and really enjoyed the marathon experience. I wouldn’t say it was an easy run, but it was a happy one!!” – AVL Biltmore Marathon Training Program participant