MARATHONFEST: The ADVANCED Winter/Spring Session
January 17, 2017 to May 14, 2017

Half and Full Marathon training for the big Spring races like BOSTON, Big Sur, Nashville, and Flying Pig. 

MarathonFest’s ADVANCED Winter/Spring Session is a 3 day-a-week Half and Full Marathon training program. The Winter/Spring session follows an advanced and aggressive training schedule as we prepare our Alumni runners and Boston Qualifiers for challenging spring races. This session is NOT recommended for novice runners. Those interested in joining this session must have completed a Full or Half Marathon within the last three months. 

MarathonFest offers three workouts each week targeting speed, strength, and endurance. This 3 day-a-week training schedule can be supplemented with additional run days for those desiring more mileage.  Interested participants should be running 20-25 miles a week and be able to maintain a 12:30 min/mile pace for 6 miles in order to fit in with one of our pace groups. Runners unable to meet these prerequisites are encouraged to join one of our other training programs.

All runners are assigned to Pace Groups for the weekend run for company, support, and guidance from runners of similar pace.  Each Pace Group has one or more Pace Group Leaders that are responsible for planning the weekend running route for the designated mileage and setting the appropriate run pace. Please check our Pace

Group Leader page BEFORE registering!  Be sure we have a Pace Group that fits your training needs prior to registering because TRAINING FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. Pace Groups Leaders »
Weekday workouts are NOT done with a pace group, so runners may opt to attend either morning or evening workouts that best fit their day. Just show up ready to run. 


Session I: January - May (Winter/Spring)
Session II: June - January (Summer/Fall)
Annual Membership is available for January enrollment only

Upcoming Session

Session I: January 17, 2017 to May 14, 2017
Session II: June 6, 2017 to January 7, 2018

3 Days / Week

Tuesdays 5:00 am or 6:00 pm workouts - Track workouts designed
for distance runners. Meet  at the Glenridge Middle School track.

Thursdays 5:00 am or 6:00pm workouts - Hill and tempo runs
for building strength and stamina. Meet at Glenridge Middle School.

Saturday – 2529 Cady Way, Winter Park
Incremental increases in mileage building
to your goal distance. Weekend Start times vary between 4:00am
and 6:00am and are determined by Pace Group Leaders.
Please check Pace Groups to see if there is a suitable pace group for you. 

Printable MarathonFest Orientation »


Winter/Spring Session Starting Weekend Mileage:  
This session begins with high mileage! 

Starting weekend mileage depends upon your targeted race. 

For the FIRST weekend:
Half-Marathoners: Start at 8 miles
Full Marathoners: Start at 10 miles
Runners must be able to fit in with one of our Pace Groups. 

Boston: Start at 12 miles

Susan Paul
Amanda Morehead

Pace Groups Leaders »


$175 New Members- One Session
$150 Alumni* Members- One Session
$250 Annual Membership- Two Sessions: January and June

*An alumni is one who has participated in this specific
training program within the last two years.

There will be a $25.00 late fee added to anyone
who signs up for MarathonFest after the start date.



Susan Paul, Training Program Director

Program Benefits

  • A training schedule

  • Coached workouts 

  • Weekly e-mails

  • Runs supported with water and/or sports drink 

  • Discount Card for merchandise at Track Shack

  • Access to Florida Hospital professionals

  • Registration discount on OUC Orlando Half registration and others races

Pace Groups

Runners are divided into Pace Groups for Weekend Runs. Each Pace Group has one or more Pace Group Leaders that plan the route and set the appropriate run pace. All participants must meet the Pace Group pace requirements. Please check to see if there is a Pace Group for YOU before registering. Coaches and Pace Groups »

Runners unable to meet MarathonFest’s prerequisites are encouraged to join one of our other training programs.

Training Locations

TUESDAYS - Attend the 5:00 am OR the 6:00 pm Track Workout
- Meet on the Glenridge Middle School track, Orlando
- Runners should arrive 15-30 minutes EARLY to warm up BEFORE the workout begins

THURSDAYS - Attend the 5am OR the 6pm Tempo or Hill Run Workout
- 5:00 am meet in the bus lane at Glenridge Middle School, Orlando
- 6:00 pm meet BEHIND Glenridge Middle School, Orlando in the parking lot
- Runners should arrive 15-30 minutes EARLY to warm up BEFORE the workout begins

SATURDAYS* - 2525 Cady Way, Winter Park; meet in the Cady Way Bike Trail parking lot

*Field Trips

The Winter/Spring Session takes frequent weekend field trips to Apopka and Clermont for hill training. Detailed information will be provided in the weekly emails from the Program Director and Pace Group Leaders.  View start locations »

Rain Policy

Training programs run in the rain! Coaches are present for every workout and workouts are only cancelled if lightning is present in the area at that time.

Refund and Late Policy

Refund and Late Fee Policy- The Training Fee is NON-REFUNDABLE Runners registering AFTER the start date will be charged an ADDITIONAL $25 FEE.


NOTE: The Track Shack Fitness Training Programs are designed for persons over the age of 18. Persons younger than 18 interested in training, should check with their school for running/fitness programs or check out Cheetah Running Club.