Join us this summer as we prepare for the Fox Valley Half and Full Marathon, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Batavia Half-Madness Half-Marathon, Naperville Half Marathon and any other race your planning!

Since our start in 1997, FRTR has helped thousands of runners complete the Chicago Marathon, Fox Valley and many other fall races. We've helped tens of thousands of aspiring runners and seasoned veterans make it to the finish line, and we can help you too!

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Registration fees

Marathon - FRTR Member

Marathon - Non-FRTR Member

Half Marathon - FRTR Member

Half Marathon - Non-FRTR Member

Why Train With Us

We offer three training plans for both the half (11 week) and full marathon (18 week) runners. Whether this is your first, fifth or fifteenth event we have a plan for you. Our flexible plans are based upon YOUR race.

You'll be assigned to one of our six RRCA Certified Running Coaches who will help guide you to your goals

Our training plans provide a balance of miles, intensity and recovery. Plans are electronic via Final Surge. You can view your plan on virtually any Internet connected device. Easily update actual runs versus planned runs to see your progress.

We have many group runs. 

In addition to training with us, you receive free access to our private club tent for the Fox Valley Half/Marathon and access to our hospitality suite for the Chicago Marathon. This includes gear check, bathrooms, food, water, and Gatorade.

Training Schedules for each of this Fall's Big Races

Our flexible training plans can be adjusted for any fall full or half marathon. You may join our group runs at any time; however, the "official" start dates for training for each of the primary races are:

Training Plans for All Levels of Experience

We offer three different plans for both the marathon and half marathon. Select the plan that fits your experience during registration.

  • "Blue" Beginner Plan:  For a marathon, you will run 18-20 miles per week with a long run of at least 6 miles. For the half marathon, you will have a long run of at least 4 miles and be running 3-4 days per week. In general, select the Blue Plan if you are new to distance running. However, if you have other racing experience and the mileage base, consider an Orange or Purple Plan.
  • "Orange" Intermediate Plan: For a marathon you will run 20-30 miles per week with a long run of at least 8 miles. For the half marathon, you will run 20-25 miles per week with a long run of at least 6 miles. This plan will mostly involve running 4 days per week, but may have some instances of an additional run in some peak weeks.
  • "Purple" Advanced Plan:  With this plan, for either the half or marathon, you will run 30 or more miles per week with a long run of at least 10 miles.  The weekly mileage may be slightly lower for the half marathon. This plan calls for running five days a week. You are an experienced distance runner or have endurance racing experience. 

Suggested Experience

Experience is not necessary, but in order to enhance your opportunity for success, we strongly encourage you to have an adequate training base in place before entering the program. We recommend the following:

Marathoners

  • You have been running consistently for at least one year
  • You are running at least 18 miles per week on a regular basis
  • You have completed one run of 6 miles or more within the previous month

Half Marathoners

  • Running at any pace two to three days a week (see starting mileage above)
  • You have completed one run of 4 miles or more within the previous month

Event Schedule

  • May 14 12:00 AM CDT - Training starts for the Fox Valley Marathon on:

  • June 4 12:00 AM CDT - Training starts for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on:

  • June 11 12:00 AM CDT - Training starts for the Batavia Half-Madness Half-Marathon on:

  • July 2 12:00 AM CDT - Training starts for the Fox Valley Half-Marathon on:

  • August 6 12:00 AM CDT - Training starts for the Naperville Half-Marathon on:

Contact Information

Event Location

1500 Crissey Ave, Batavia, IL 60510, USA

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