Half/Full Marathon Training Options

Half/Full Marathon Training Options

Marathon Preparedness Class

Marathon Preparedness Class
Marathon Preparedness Class

Prepare Together! This class is designed for the beginner or returning runner. It will help you develop the running base needed to participate in the YMCA Marathon Training Class that begins in January. We will help you get connected with other runners at your level and pace and introduce you to the love of running. Instructor sessions before each run will cover basic running topics, motivate you to do your best and answer all of your questions to help you meet your goals.

Session Date: November 7 - December 12, 2017, Downtown YMCA  |  Tuesdays at 6:30pm (instructor/speaker session followed by a group run outdoors)

Registration: Register Online  |  Marathon Preparedness Class Informational Flyer

  • Lincoln Y Member: $30 
  • Non-member: $50 

*Please note, the registration fee for this program offering does not qualify for Open Doors Financial Assistance.

Class Benefits

  • Speaker sessions will be held at the Lincoln Running Company, 1213 Q St. Topics discussed will pertain to distance running.
  • Outdoor group runs to immediately follow the speaker session. 
  • Learn injury prevention techniques.
  • Make friends and training partners for life.

About the Instructor

Ann Ringlein will guide you through this preparedness class in a positive, energetic way. Ann has had many experiences with distance runners of all levels, and will share her knowledge with beginners to help develop a strong base. Ann is the manager of the Lincoln Running Company and has been a competitive runner for over 30 years. She was the Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach at Nebraska Wesleyan for over 20 years. 


Marathon Training

Marathon Training
Marathon Training

Learn how to run a full or half marathon or how to run a faster race. Run with participants at your fitness level; this training is designed for all runners. You will receive a personal training schedule and individual help. This is a positive and encouraging group to train with. Professional speakers will also discuss hot topics to help you meet your goals.

Session Date: January 4 - May 3, 2018

Registration: Register Online  |  Marathon Training Informational Flyer

  • Lincoln Y Member: $100 
  • Non-member: $150 

*Please note, the registration fee for this program offering does not qualify for Open Doors Financial Assistance.

Class Details/Benefits

  • It is recommended that you have a base of 10-20 miles/week during November and December
  • Professional speakers will discuss topics pertaining to distance running (Thursday nights)
  • Mentor/pace groups will be developed to help you get connected from the beginning
  • Injury prevention and strength training
  • Saturday Yoga class
  • Optional run technique session (additional cost)
  • Optional weekly strength training class (additional cost)
  • Technical shirt for each participant
  • Communication through private Facebook group
  • Electronic training manual and handouts
  • Three organized group runs each week
  • Class sponsor: GU
  • Post-race celebration
  • Training partners for life

About the Instructor

Ann Ringlein will guide you through the marathon training in a positive, energetic way. Not only will you enjoy finishing a half or full marathon, you will enjoy the process! Ann has had many experiences with distance runners of all levels, and will share her knowledge with beginners as well as advanced runners. Ann is the manager of the Lincoln Running Company and has been a competitive runner for over 35 years. She was the Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University for over 20 years.

One Class Participant's Story

“The YMCA marathon training class was life-changing for me. It ended up being much more than training for a race. The class enabled me to build friendships, learn about Lincoln's running community and gain knowledge about the city's trail system. Most importantly, the class was a huge step in my journey to a healthier lifestyle.” — Alan


Marathon Training Saturday Long Runs

Marathon Training Saturday Long Runs
Marathon Training Saturday Long Runs

This supported long run session is for individuals training for a half or full marathon or funning for fitness. The run is in conjunction with our YMCA Marathon Training and is led by Ann Ringlein. Ann will provide written Saturday schedules based on your running goal and training routes will be led each week. Water and fuel will be provided along with social support from peers along the route. 

Session Date: January 6 - April 27, 2018, Downtown YMCA  |  Saturdays at 7:00am (end time will vary depending on distance of the run)

Registration: Register Online  |  Marathon Training Saturday Long Runs Informational Flyer

  • Lincoln Y Member: $60 
  • Non-member: $85

*Please note, the registration fee for this program offering does not qualify for Open Doors Financial Assistance.

Good Life Halfsy Training

Good Life Halfsy Training
Good Life Halfsy Training

Halfsy Training registration is now open. Training is August 2 - October 25.

Register Online  |  Information Flyer

Fee: Lincoln Y Members: $55 | Non-members: $80 || Returning Lincoln Y Member: $45 | Returning Non-member: $70