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2014 Sacramento Start Training

Start Training is your opportunity to get fit while saving lives! Our 13-week program will train you to run (or walk) a half-marathon while raising funds for lifesaving research and education. No prior experience necessary!

Participants will train to complete the American River Parkway Half Marathon on April 26, 2014.

Start Training VOLUNTEERS
Looking to make a difference in your community and earn service hours? We will need your help on Saturday, April 26th at the American River Parkway! Help us cheer on the Start Training participants as the cross the finish line. Sign up by clicking the "Volunteers" link in the top left corner.

About Start Training
Start Training is a team half marathon training and fundraising program of the American Heart Association for ALL levels and abilities. Whether you choose to walk or run, our expert staff and coaches will train you from step one all the way to completing a half-marathon. You will be able to take part in weekly group trainings while you raise lifesaving funds for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

To get you started, we will provide you with a personal fundraising website and instructions with various fundraising ideas and sample letters to assist you in reaching your goal. Most fundraising for the Start Training program is done through a letter/email campaign to your family and friends. Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $500. Raise additional funds beyond the $500 minimum and be eligible to receive additional benefits and incentives.

Weekly group trainings will give you the opportunity to meet other participants, share experiences, and get in shape for the big race. Start Training Coaches will keep you informed on many fitness and training topics, such as nutrition, stretching and injury prevention. The coaches will also provide you with a training schedule to do on your own throughout the week. It will consist of walking or running about 3 days a week for 30 - 60 minutes.

Half Marathon Event
At the end of the program, participants will run or walk in an exciting half-marathon. Our Spring 2014 season we will be training for the American River Parkway Half Marathon. This is a top rated event with a beautiful scenic course that runs right along the American River Bike Trail.

Kick-off Event
The Start Training program will kick-off on February 1, 2014 and will include a short presentation and 1 mile run.

Program Registration & Policies
There is a one time (non-refundable) fee of $50 to join our team which will be applied towards your fundraising account. The first six weeks of the training program are a trial period. If you would like to continue with the program, you will then need to complete a recommitment. By submitting the recommitment agreement you are agreeing to raise a minimum of $500 by the fundraising deadline, or cover the difference yourself. If after the six week trial period you choose not to recommit to the program, you are able to back out and will not be responsible to cover any further expenses.

For more information please contact our Start Training Team:
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