All of the groups below are coached by seasoned veterans that will help all shapes and sizes across the finish line!  We encourage runners in the Eugene/Springfield area to seek out and participate in these groups if interested. These groups are not recognized as official training partners of the Eugene Marathon.  All are welcome!


TrackTown Fitness, a free community fitness program, is based on the concepts first taught by University of Oregon track and field coach Bill Bowerman more than 50 years ago.  Whether or not you plan to run or walk in the Eugene Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K, all ages and abilities are welcome to join on Sunday mornings.  See TrackTownFitness for more information. Group typically meets on Sunday mornings beginning in January.


JoesTeam_1Training for a long race goes better if you run with a group that shares your goal and a coach who has helped hundreds of runners reach theirs before. You set the goal and Joe Henderson provides the group support and coaching advice for carrying out a proven plan. The Eugene Running Company has sponsored this training group since its launch.  More than 500 runners have used this program with a marathon finish rate of 99% percent.  The team usually meets at Eugene Running Company on Sunday mornings at 8:00.  We welcome runners of all abilities and experience levels. However, we strongly recommend that marathoners have run at least six miles before this training begins.  To reserve a spot on Joe’s Team, contact the coach:


Eugene Running Company is excited to offer training programs for the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon! This fun training group will challenge runners to reach their individual race goals while providing each runner with a support system of coaches and teammates with similar goals. Team members receive: 16-week training plan, coaching advice and guidance throughout, group run/in-person coaching every Saturday throughout training, support and motivation, 10% team discount at Eugene Running Company, Eugene Running Company Team tech t-shirt and other offers from special guests!  Stop into the store at Oakway Center or email us at for more information and to sign up.


cathie-aw2.webThe Eugene Running Club, established in 1987, is for adult runners of all abilities who wish to achieve personal running goals in a team-like, group setting, under the guidance of a coach.  Coach Cathie Twomey Bellamy writes individual workouts for each member of the Eugene Running Club, conducts group workouts several times a week, and is available for consultation by phone or email.  The club format embraces track-focused runners as well as road racers from 5,000 meters through the marathon, and those seeking simply to improve fitness through running.  Over the years, Eugene Running Club athletes have attained such goals as national masters championships as well as qualifying for the Boston Marathon and other marathons with entry standards. The training atmosphere is one of serious fun — there’s energy, enthusiasm, humor and camaraderie. Workouts are written with each individual athlete in mind, according to their personal goals and fitness levels, so that progress is not undermined by injury.  To learn more, email


Sign-up for Run Hub’s Eugene Marathon training program.  You can expect a fun, friendly and first-class training program for runners and walkers of all ability levels.  This group is designed to help you on your personal fitness journey by providing you with coaching and teammates who share similar goals, turning the tough grind of training into a fun, social experience.  Check out the RunHub Northwest training program!  


Whether you’re a novice or brand new to running/walking or returning after a long break, this training program is for you.  A great way to run/walk in the Footsteps of Legends at the Eugene 5K. Training program is for 9 training sessions, 60-90 minutes long with weekly training topics and guest speakers. For more information contact Road Runners Club of America certified coach Kirsten Bartlett at


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Chi Walking and Chi Running training programs designed specifically for the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon offered by Keith McConnell, Certified Chi Walking & Chi Running Instructor.  For more details on these efficient and injury free approaches to long distance walking and running check out Dr. Keith’s web page.  Groups meet on Sunday mornings or Tuesday evenings beginning the end of February.

Spirited Walkers of Eugene

Planning to walk the Eugene Marathon? Join Kay Porter, Ph.D and the Spirited Walkers of Eugene to prepare! Training begins in January. Contact Kay Porter for more details on this very popular program.



Check the Eugene Has Heart webpage for information on how you can raise money for your favorite charity while you train!

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