MARATHONFEST Summer/Fall Session

If you can run a 5k now, why not train for a longer event?

June 4, 2019 - January 12, 2020

MarathonFest’s Summer/Fall training session is a 3 day-a-week training program for the Half and Full Marathon distances. 

Our three day-a-week training schedule is adequate training for most runners to achieve their goals, but it can also be supplemented with additional run days for those desiring more volume. All participants receive a weekly email from the Program Director with detailed training information for each week.

Tuesday/Thursday workouts are offered in the morning at 5:00 am or the evening at 6:00pm. Tuesday is Speed day and we offer a track workout or mile repeats. Thursday is Strength day with a focus on Tempo or Hill runs. Weekday workouts are not organized by Pace Group so runners may attend either workout that best fits their day. 

For the weekend run, all runners are assigned to a Pace Group for company, support, and guidance. Saturday is Endurance day where we increase mileage in gradual increments appropriate for the half or full marathon distance. Each Pace Group has one or more Pace Group Leaders that plan the route, set the appropriate run pace, and guide runners through the designated distances. Please check our Pace Group Leader page BEFORE registering to be sure we have a Pace Group that fits your training needs as training fees are non-refundable. Pace Pace Groups Leaders »

Summer/Fall Session Starting Mileages: 

Chicago, MCM, NYC, and Space Coast Marathoners start training at 10 miles. Jacksonville and Disney start training at 4 miles.  All Half Marathoners start training at 4 miles. 


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

Upcoming Session

Session II: June 4, 2019 - January 12, 2020

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 – 2525 Cady Way, Winter Park
Weekend Start times vary between 4:00 am
and 5:30 am 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 »


Starting weekend mileage depends upon your targeted race. 
For the FIRST weekend:
Half-Marathoners: Start at 4 miles
Jax/Disney runners: Start at 4 miles
Fall Marathoners: Start at 10 miles
Runners must be able to fit in with one of our Pace Groups.  

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* 
(*Offered in Session I ONLY)

*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 other 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

Weekday workouts are offered both in the morning and the evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These workouts are NOT organized by pace group, so runners may attend either workout that best fits their day. Just show up ready to run. If you cannot make the weekday workouts, please run similar mileage on your own. 

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. Please note that the price of the program is not pro-rated based on attendance.  


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 Cheetahs Running Club.