Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Phoenix FIT:

Questions about the program:

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Questions about the training:

Other questions:

  1. It is past the registration date. Can I still join Phoenix FIT?
    We will take registrations through 09/03/2017. Once we are past the registration date, we cannot take any new members.
  2. I’m not a member. Do you allow drop-ins? Phoenix FIT does not have a drop-in program unless you are a visiting member of another USA FIT program. Our all-inclusive membership covers our seminars, coaching, and training runs/walks.
  3. What is Phoenix FIT? Phoenix FIT is an award-winning, 25-week running and walking program. This same program is currently being held in over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally. Phoenix FIT will begin its next season on July 29, 2017 with a final registration on September 03, 2017.
  4. Who should join? Phoenix FIT is perfect for anyone who has a desire to challenge themselves, wants to exercise and make new friends, wants to increase their body strength and stamina, wants to look and feel better, or simply wants to get involved in a healthy lifestyle sport.
  5. When is the Phoenix FIT season? The official Phoenix FIT season is the six months prior to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon. This usually runs from the beginning of August until the race in January. This is when we hold our seminars and provide training schedules for our members.
  6. Where is the training? The majority of our training takes place at the canal at 56th St. & Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. We meet at Arcadia Park, which is just south of Indian School on 56th St.
  7. Can walkers participate? Walkers are welcome! We have a wonderful walking program that will enable you to complete your goal race.
  8. Are you affiliated with a charity? Phoenix FIT is not associated with a charity, and you do not need to raise money to participate in this program. There are several good marathon training programs where raising money for a charity is part of the program. While these can be effective and rewarding, we realize that it’s not for everyone, and it may be impossible to do year after year. Some of our members choose to raise money for a charity, but it certainly isn’t a requirement.
  9. How did all this come about? It all began in Houston about 28 years ago with 50 runners, two guys, and an idea that runners needed some guidance and training to achieve their marathon goals.
  10. What are the weekly seminars? Each weekend, before the group run, we’ll hold a 15-20 minute educational seminar. Topics will all be health- and fitness-related and will be led by Phoenix FIT coaches and/or industry professionals. After each seminar, we will go out for our Saturday training session.
  11. What happens on any given Saturday?  The seminar will start at 6:00 a.m. (6:30 later in the season) every Saturday. After the seminar, we walk over to the canal, discuss distances for that week’s workout and get going.
  12. Who created our schedule? Our schedule comes from the great folks at USA FIT. For over 28 years, they have been training people all over the country just like us. Everybody has a different marathon philosophy, but ours has been tested literally tens of thousands of times.
  13. Do we get discounts on shoes? Yes, several local running stores typically offer our members discounts.
  14. How can I sign up? Signups will open in June for the 2017 season. You can sign up online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page, or in person at one of our sign-up sessions.
  15. How much does it cost? Phoenix FIT’s 25-week training program costs only $110 for new members and $95 for returning USA FIT members.
  16. What is included for the sign-up fee?
    • Ability-based group workouts and coaching
    • Weekly seminars
    • Weekly training schedules
    • Phoenix FIT T-shirt
    • Discounts at sports apparel stores
    • Social activities and more!
  17. When are the in-person sign-up sessions? In-person registration for Phoenix FIT’s season takes place at Arcadia Park in Phoenix (56th St. just South of Indian School Rd.). Sign-ups are at 6:00 a.m. on the following dates: 07/29/17, 08/05/17 & 08/12/17
  18. What happens at the sign-up session? The sign-up sessions include sign-ups, an orientation seminar, and a short run or walk. Everyone is strongly encouraged to come to all of the orientation/sign-up sessions (weeks 1-3), as the seminars will cover different information. The sign-up session takes approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. In-person sign ups for the Phoenix FIT 2017 season will be at Arcadia Park in Phoenix (56th St. just south of Indian School Rd.) at 6:00 a.m.:
    • 07/29/17
    • 08/05/17
    • 08/12/17
  19. Can I pay with a credit card? Yes. Register online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page to pay with a credit card. We cannot accept credit cards at our in-person sign-ups, so please sign up online with your credit card online or bring cash or check to the in-person sign-ups.
  20. Do I have to attend all three orientation sessions? If possible, we’d like you to attend all three sessions (weeks 1-3). The content of the first three seminars is different. The first week is information about Phoenix FIT; the second seminar is a mandatory session on “Hydration and Warm Weather Running.”
  21. I can’t make it to the first weekend. Should I still sign up? Yes, you should still sign up! We’d like you to attend the first week for the reasons outlined in the previous Q&A, but we know not everyone can make it to week 1. That’s why we have another sign-up the following week. The week 2 seminar will be a quick overview of week 1, but we also have Coaches/Assistant Coaches ready to answer any question you have from the previous week.
  22. Does entry into Phoenix FIT include entry into the marathon? No, your payment to Phoenix FIT only covers the cost of your participation in the training program. We are not affiliated with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & Half Marathon  — we just train for it. We will provide information about how to sign up for the race as well as pass along information regarding any discounts that we hear about.
  23. How much training does this program involve? Realizing that most people lead very busy lives, this program is one that can easily fit into your schedule. For the most part, the program calls for running or walking only four days a week. Your long run or walk will usually take place on Saturday with your group. The day after your long run/walk is always a rest day. During the week, you run or walk for time only (i.e., 30 minutes), not for distance.
  24. What does 20 on the weekly schedule (during the week) mean? Are we running 20 miles? During the week, we run for minutes. So if the schedule says “30” on a Tuesday, you should run or walk 30 minutes. Do this at a comfortable pace unless instructed to do otherwise. On the weekends, we do miles, so the schedule will say four miles. Listen to your coaches for guidance on running these miles each week.
  25. Do I have to be there every week? While those long runs and walks are a lot easier when you’re doing them with the group, we know there are times when you won’t be able to make a weekend meeting. The seminars are important, so be sure to speak with your coach or running buddies about what you missed. In our experience, the success of our members is directly proportional to their ability to attend our weekend trainings. If you do have to miss a week, check this website for the next week’s schedule.
  26. Can we participate in races during training? Sure! In fact, there are several races that many of our members participate in during the season. We’ll send out details as the races draw near. You certainly don’t have to be competitive about it, but it’s fun to run or walk in a different place, get a race number, and cross the finish line.
  27. What if I travel during my training? Can I attend USA FIT programs in other cities? Absolutely. USA FIT has programs in over 50 cities around the world, and you are welcome to attend any USA FIT meeting anywhere.
  28. Could I win the marathon? Of course you could. However, most likely you’ll get a nice T-shirt, a finisher’s medal, bragging rites, and a lot of cheers from spectators and coaches.
  29. What if I want to find out more? Send us an e-mail at