Training Runs

Marathon, Relay & Half Marathon Training Runs and Walks May  – September

The 2021 training plans tentatively kick off May 22The PaceSetters Running Club and Run Away Shoes will return as hosts of our every Saturday 7 a.m. group training runs here in the Fox Cities.

At our in-person training runs, the PaceSetters provide support to runners and walkers of all ages, paces and experience levels. Run/Walk support provided for full, half and relay training. Relay runners are encouraged to use the half marathon schedule.

Not local? We’ll have you covered soon with the ThedaCare Training Guide. Last year’s guide is still available so you can get a preview of what’s to come.


Start / Finish Location: Run Away Shoes

W3192 County Road KK, Appleton

Directions to Run Away Shoes


Training Run/Walk Provided:

  • Free and open to the public!
  • Mapped routes, turn-by-turn directions
  • Routes include sections along the Fox Cities Marathon course
  • Water & Gatorade support along the course for a 13:30 pace
  • Snacks, coffee, water & Gatorade at the finish
  • ThedaCare Orthopedics Plus Physical Therapists on site to answer your questions after week 3
  • A safe and runner/walker friendly course
  • Knowledgeable PaceSetters Running Club and Fox Cities Marathon Staff present to answer any questions regarding training, registration, etc.

2021 Training Run & Walk Schedule

See below for the tentative 2021 training run schedule dates and distances. For additional information, including links to maps and directions for each week’s training route, please go to the PaceSetters Running Club website.

For any Saturday morning where there might be inclement weather – or the possibility of it – please visit the PaceSetters of the Fox Cities Facebook page for updates.

Date Marathon Distance Half Marathon Distance
May 22 8 4
May 29 9 4
June 5 6 5
June 12
ThedaCare Physical Therapists available after training runs starting June 13
11 6
June 19 12 5
June 26 9 7
July 3 14 7.5
July 10 15 8
July 17 – Prediction Run – Neenah 13.1 6.2
July 24 17 8
July 31 18 10
August 7 13 8
August 14 20 10
August 21 12 6
August 28 20 11
Sept. 4 12 7
Sept. 11 8 5
Sept. 19 Community First Fox Cities Marathon ThedaCare Half Marathon
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5K Training Program

2021 details coming next summer

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Fleet Feet Fox Valley – our very own 5K training program! Join us and Fleet Feet for a free and fun 8-week training program for the Sept. 19 Ascension 5K Run/Walk, part of our marathon weekend of events. Fleet Feet’s training program  features one group work out every week, Thursdays at 6 p.m. from Community First Credit Union’s Home Office at 1575 Dresang Way in the Village of Fox Crossing, starting Aug. 1.   Group workouts are fully supported run/walks complete with hydration stations, turn-by-turn routes, and a team of mentors. You’ll also get a comprehensive weekly newsletter, Facebook group and guest presenters on a variety of topics including nutrition, motivation, injury prevention and more.   Each week you participate, you’ll be entered into a drawing for prizes and one lucky individual will win a free Ascension 5K registration! The more you participate, the more chances to win.   There is also a virtual option for those outside the area or who can’t make the group run schedule.   Fleet Feet Fox Valley has more than 9 years of experience offering a 5K training program and the continued success of their graduates is proof that the program is effective at getting you to your goal. Their programs are progressive in nature, with each week building upon the last – slow, steady and consistent!