UCalgary Run Training Program

You can run a marathon this year

Join Calgary’s first and longest-running destination training program. Each year we choose an exciting destination, announced in the winter, with options to train for a half or full marathon.

We are a highly informative and social program that combines research-based information, guidance and support with the help of internationally respected local experts from the Faculty of Kinesiology. 

UCalgary marathon club meeting for cross-training

Included in your registration:


  • 8-month training program
  • Full- and/or half-marathon training schedule

  • Movement preparation training

  • Option to add on to the basic membership (see below)


  • Access to our private website for interactive web-based learning and team communication
  • Lectures from some of the leading experts in the areas of physiology, nutrition, injury prevention, motivation, and psychology


  • Year-long membership to the team and group runs
  • Organized social events
  • Belong to a group of fun, supportive marathon runners who will help keep you accountable and motivated


  • UCalgary team running singlet

  • Discounts at local running stores and sport performance labs

  • Participation in Faculty of Kinesiology research projects 

  • 4 complimentary passes to Active Living facilities at the University of Calgary

Optional program add-ons

Wednesday Coaching

  • Coached Wednesday night workouts in the final 12 weeks of your program, leading up to designated races
  • Edworthy park
  • $180

Modified Programs

  • Significantly modified programs aligning with main program — individualized for specific race goals and may include strengthening program 
  • Provided by Coach Colleen
  • Approximately $130/month plus GST

Thursday Strength

  • Group strengthening class 
  • Led by Jennifer De Cocq

Group Yoga

  • Yoga targeted for runners
  • Off-campus location

Nutrition Package

  • Expert nutrition coaching tailored to your needs 
  • Special UCalgary run program member rate: $125 plus GST
  • Provided by Coach Colleen

Bring A Friend

  • Many lectures and pop-up social events will have the option to bring a friend for only $25

UCalgary Marathon club during a run
UCalgary Marathon club training as a group

Need to know:

Participants of this program will have the opportunity to meet and train with a group two times per week. Coached runs will take place on Mondays at 6:30 pm and Saturdays at 8:00 am. Locations will be a variety of spots all around Calgary.

This program is open to new runners, as well as those with plenty of experience. Please note: Participants must be able to run 30 minutes, 3 times per week before joining the program. If you’re not there yet, we can provide a “couch to 5K” program to help you.

Program typically begins mid-March, but may change depending on which goal race is chosen. 

Previous destination races for the club have included Honolulu, Hawaii; and Dublin, Ireland.

Cost for the main program: 

New participant: $350 + GST 
Alumni of the program: $250 + GST

Link to register at the bottom of the page

Email marathon@ucalgary.ca for more information

Group run in mild weather with UCalgary Marathon program
Cross-training with the University of Calgary Marathon club
UCalgary Marathon participants during the Stampede half marathon 2017

Run and Marathon Training

UCalgary Run Training Program

The marathon training program is an eight-month program starting in March that combines leading-edge information, guidance and support with the help of internationally respected experts.

Join Calgary's first and longest running destination marathon training program on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings as you embark on the marathon journey.

New participant: $350 + GST 
Alumni of the program: $250 + GST

Email marathon@ucalgary.ca for more information

Register for the UCalgary Run Training Program