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Our Marathon training group meets about 7am at Lighthouse Beach for a 7:15 departure. Our leader and coach this year is Kevin McGirl.

We'll be using modified versions of the Hal Higdon training programs for "Novice" and"Intermediate" programs. You can find them here:    

Hal Higdon Novice Program

Hal Higdon Intermediate Program

We mostly leave from Lighthouse Beach, but on 8/5, 9/9 and 9/23 we have alternative starting points. Here is our Saturday Marathon training schedule for 2017:

2018 SMLR Training Schedule

An important part of the training is hydration and nutrition. Thanks to our fellow club members we provide Gatorade and water along the route.  Please sign up to help set up our Hydration Stations!

2018 Hydration Station Volunteer Sign Up

Thanks to our friends at The Runner's Edge, we will also provide GU and other gels for all the runs over 10 miles.

The training targets the Chicago Marathon on October 8th, but many of us will participate in other events. If you have not already done so, please let Kevin know which marathon you are running this year.

Feel free to email Kevin at with any questions.