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Atlanta Track Club In-Training Programs

Atlanta Track Club builds Community, Camaraderie and Competition through our events and programming. Through our In-Training programs, we strive to educate runners and walkers to confidently cross their finish line. In-Training programs are guided by the mission and vision of Atlanta Track Club and the coaching philosophy of the High Performance Department.

Training Program Policies

Coaching Philosophy

Atlanta Track Club believes all runners and walkers benefit from individualized coaching based on training age, event demands, and performance goals. The Club's coaching philosophy is focused on both long-term development and incremental growth resulting in consistency, faster performances, event completion and a healthier lifestyle. The acronym "PACES" summarizes our values.

P - Progressive - Training forces the body to adapt. Atlanta Track Club's training progressively increases your training load within a season, between cycles, and over years resulting in fitness and performance improvements.

A - Aerobic - Atlanta Track Club's training focuses on long-term development of aerobic pathways so you have the endurance and strength for the demands of your event while retaining or developing race-specific speed.

C - Consistent - Atlanta Track Club's training focuses on frequent exercise, supplemental drills, and stretching while building habits and routines supporting a healthy lifestyle. Consistent training steadily builds and maintains fitness.

E - Everyone - All athletes can improve and Atlanta Track Club's training is inclusive of Olympic development runners, first time walkers, and everyone in between. Training and coaching is valuable for all participants and necessary to reach your individual potential.

S - Specific - Training must be tailored to the unique needs of the participant and event. Atlanta Track Club's training is individualized so you get the maximum benefit from hard work with the least amount of risk as you work toward realistic goals.

*Training programs are geared toward adult participants 18 and older. However, participants as young as 16 may participate as long as they are accompanied by a parent and the parent has signed a release acknowledging the risks involved. Both the parent and child would need to be registered for the program.

What to expect from an In-Training Program

While every Atlanta Track Club In-Training program is subtly different, there are some continuities among them.

  • Customization: join the program at your level of training and commitment and have your paces individualized through our Indicator Runs and pace calculator
  • Community: share your longest and midweek workouts with participants from around Atlanta. Misery loves company after all!
  • Length: programs range from 8 weeks (In-Training for 5K) to 16 weeks (In-Training for Fall Marathons)
  • Prices: In-Training ranges from $30 per month for Virtual programs and $40-50 per month for premium, in-person programs depending on the length and amount of supplemental programming provided. Atlanta Track Club members receive a 12% discount on all In-Training programs.
  • Saturdays: supported long runs/walk from the Track Club office at 201 Armour Drive are a staple of all premium, in-person programs and include certified coaches, Run Leads guiding pace groups, educational guest speakers, coned courses, and more
  • Midweek workouts: tempo runs and speedwork completed as a group will push your fitness to new levels and are included in most programs. Locations vary by season and are typically distributed throughout the Atlanta metro area. The anchor is Piedmont Park every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. on the active oval.
  • Online support: using Final Surge, Facebook, and other resources, you will get text or email reminders for your workouts, an online community for support and assistance, and educational programming streamed to your home on Tuesday evenings
  • Coaching: Atlanta Track Club's staff coaches, including 2008 Olympian Amy Begley, and veteran volunteer Run Leads will guide you toward fitness and personal records

What Level am I?

Level I Beginner runners and walkers 9:00-18:00 minutes per mile including intervals. This is for people who are just starting or returning from injury.

Level II

Runners and walkers 7:00-16:00 minutes per mile including intervals currently doing 15 or fewer miles per week
Level III Experienced runners and walkers 7:00-16:00 minutes per mile including intervals currently doing 16-30 miles per week
Level IV Advanced runners 7:00-10:00 minutes per mile pace currently doing 31+ miles per week and at least one speed work session or tempo run per week

*On supported long runs, Atlanta Track Club has dedicated volunteer Run Leads to assist Level I, II and III runners, walkers and interval participants.

In-Training Programs

Premium In-Person
Peachtree
Virtual Peachtree

Virtual Fall
Half Marathons

Virtual Fall Marathons Beginners'
5K
Publix Half Marathon Publix Full Marathon
Registration Opens August August May May July & November October October
Program Season September - November September - November August - November June- November January - February & August - October January - March December - March

Saturday Location

ATC office NA NA NA ATC office ATC office ATC office
Midweek Location Regional Regional Regional Regional TBD TBD TBD
Levels Offered All All All Level II - IV (no level I) Level I - II (no level III or IV) All All


For more information contact training@atlantatrackclub.org

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