Pace Groups

MetroThis is the TRAIN for DC races!! No matter what distance you are training for, everybody will fall within one of the pace groups listed below – this will determine who your pace leaders, mentors and/or coaches are for the Saturday long runs.

A Pace Group is your expected RACE PACE. You will not be training at this pace. Expect to run/walk 30-60 seconds slower than your race pace. Some weeks you may be much slower. Remember you are building up mileage on our Saturday Long Run, time to complete the distance is irrelevant.

Red Line < 10:00 /mile
Generally runners only, as racewalkers this fast probably have Olympic aspirations. Members in this pace group are looking to improve their speed, some training to qualify for Boston
Leaders: Rod B.*, Ken D.
Orange Line 10:00 – 12:00 /mile
Our largest group that primarily consists runners but certainly there are racewalkers at this speed as well.
Leaders: Kathy D*, Claudia N.
Yellow Line 12:00 – 14:00 /mile
Generally runners and some racewalkers at this speed also. Many members in this group utilize the run/walk method for long runs (though that is certainly not required)
Leaders: TBD
Green Line 14:00 – 16:00 /mile
Walkers, runners, whatever your mobility, though we do ask that you sign up for the half marathon or fitness programs only (see note below regarding volunteers)
Leaders: TBD
Blue Line > 16:00 /mile
Walkers, runners, whatever your mobility, though we do ask that you sign up for the fitness program only (see note below regarding volunteers)
Leaders: TBD

* Indicates that the pace group leader is a RRCA Certified Coach.

** Walkers and Runners welcome in all groups! Due to volunteer limitation, we cannot offer “homebase” and “waterstop” support for members 16 minute/miles and longer within our Full Marathon program. We welcome slower runners and walkers in our Fitness and Half Marathon programs.