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Training Programs

No matter your skill level, we want to give you access to the very best training resources.

Beginner & Intermediate Training Programs

Have you dreamt of being a half marathon runner but weren't sure you could do it? You absolutely can! We've partnered with Active at Altitude to be the official half marathon training partner of Vacation Races.

Active at Altitude provides 2 FREE training plan options for each race race in our National Park Half Marathons series, a Beginner Program (16-weeks) and an Intermediate Program (12-weeks).

The same training programs are also available as a cost upgrade option on our new app (coming soon!) for both iPhone and Android smartphones. Note the training app is only available for the national park series of half marathons, and is not available for any of the ultra trail half marathons.

Choose your race below and dive into the training program. With a 4-hour time limit, our half marathons are very beginner-friendly. (You could walk the whole thing if you needed to).

NOTE: Training programs are sent out according to their length. For example, the 12-week training plan is sent out 12 weeks before your chosen race.

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Beginner & Intermediate Personal Coaching

Ready to step it up? We've partnered with Olympian Jared Ward to bring you personalized running coaching. 

Whether you're looking to set a new personal record, running to be healthier, or to simply have fun, we'd like to help you achieve your goals!

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Jared Ward is an American long distance runner. He qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics when he placed 3rd in the marathon at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. He finished 6th at the 2016 Olympics.

Endure Strong is an online running team that is coached by professional runner and Olympian, Jared Ward. What you get when you join this team:

  • online live coaching calls with Jared
  • access to 100+ training plans
  • strength training & cross training recommendations
  • team support
  • much more!

And this all is available with no contracts, and no hidden fees. So if you want this to be your best ever training cycle, this is the program for you!

For more information, visit

Ultra Marathon Training

Thinking about getting into trail running and ultra marathons? 

We've partnered with Becoming Ultra to give you the support and resources you need. Becoming Ultra is a podcast, website, and community that provides resources and inspiration for aspiring ultra runners. Check it out. 

We've also partnered with Stephanie Weigel on a structured training program to help you get read for your first 50K (and beyond).

Stephanie is a former Ultra Adventures Ambassador, Certified Trainer, RRCA Running Coach, and USAT Triathlon Coach. She enjoys sharing her passion for trail running, especially with newcomers just discovering the sport, and has been kind enough to create a 4 month training plan geared towards the first time 50K runner. 

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Ultra Marathon Training Calendar

We'd love to have you join us for your first ultra marathon, it is a special experience that you'll never forget!

You can contact Stephanie with any questions as you head into your first ultra. You can also follow her on her blog at