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MIT - Marathoner in Training 

Half & Full Marathon Training

Half & Full Marathon training is challenging, but Fleet Feet Columbus’s MIT (Marathoner-in-Training) will provide you the support, community, and accountability you need to reach the finish line.

Since 2001, over 30,000 finished lines have been crossed through MIT, and over 9,000,000 miles logged by our participants!


In 2023, MIT trained over 500 runners and walkers for the Columbus Half & Full Marathon, and we are so excited to support our next cohort of athletes in 2024.

As Columbus’s premier group training program, MIT has helped tens of thousands of runners and walkers successfully complete their goals. Whether you’re new to this whole running thing or an experienced marathoner, our program provides training programs to meet you where you’re at.

At MIT, you’ll never have to go it alone. Your pace group coaches and fellow participants will motivate, inspire, and empower you to become a version of yourself that can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

Your MIT training program is led by experienced coaches and mentors who have years of proven racing and coaching success.

2024 Summer Training for Fall Marathons Kicks off on June 8th, 2024!

Group training program for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Half & Full Marathon and other fall half and full marathons.


June 8th - October 20th, 2024

Weekly Group Training Runs

  • Saturdays at 7:30am - LONG RUN GROUP TRAINING

  • Wednesdays at 6:30pm - GRIT WORKOUTS (Track, Intervals, Hills, Strength)


Run Locations

Our workout locations vary on a weekly basis. They are centrally located in Columbus, OH (Downtown, Clintonville, Upper Arlington) and surrounding suburbs (Worthington, Lewis Center, Westerville, Gahanna, etc.)

Program Benefits

  • 6-week, Pre-Season Guide to help prepare you for the training season.

  • 18-week training plan* with 4 different experience level options (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and MIT EDGE**.

  • Weekly educational & motivational newsletters with content curated by our team of coaches and top-tier medical professionals

  • Group training long runs (Saturdays) with 15 pace groups (run, run/walk interval, and walk)

  • Coach-led "GRIT Workouts" (Wednesdays). These workouts focus on building grit, strength and speed. Workout types include track work, hill repeats, intervals, etc., and are designed for runners and walkers of all skill levels.

  • Hydration support at group workouts (Water & Gatorade Endurance)

  • Fit For Life Physical Therapy Injury Hotline & 48-hour care guarantee

  • Exclusive discounts on Fleet Feet Columbus Races & M3S Races

  • Race Day Perks, including private pre-race gathering area and restrooms, private gear check, and post-race celebration hub with Fleet Feet Columbus

  • 10% OFF at all Fleet Feet Columbus Store Locations

  • Mid-season volunteer opportunities and social events

  • MIT Training Tank


*Training plan adjustments for other Fall marathons are available by request. Email

**MIT EDGE (MIT's Sub-Elite program) is for seasoned runners looking to intensify their training in the pursuit of big time or distance goals (Sub 3:00hr marathon, Boston Qualifiers, Ultramarathons, etc.). For additional information or to request a link to register, please email


Important Program Dates

June 1 - Packet Pickup Begins

June 8 - MIT Season Kickoff Long Run & Celebration

June 12 - First MIT Grit Workout Wednesday

June 30 - Packet Pickup Ends

August 18 - M3S Grandview Yard Half & Quarter Marathon

September 7 - Run Columbus Run 20 Mile Run

October 20 - RACE DAY! Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Half & Full Marathon

November 1 - MIT Year End Celebration


MIT Group Training = $125/season

Returning members may email to request an alumni discount code. 


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