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Train for 2012 with the Pasadena Pacers!

The Pasadena Marathon is pleased to offer a free training program in partnership with the Pasadena Pacers. Whether you’re preparing for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K, we have the training regimen that’s right for you.

The Pasadena Pacers provide a structured training program for runners (or soon-to-be runners) of all fitness and experience levels. While training with the Pasadena Pacers will prepare you physically for 2012, an equally important aspect of the program is that you will become part of a community of friends who will cheer your successes and support you when you’re feeling challenged. If you’re not keen on having a few new pals, this is NOT the training program for you!

Training Schedule

The Pacers meet every Saturday at 7:00 a.m. in the grassy area adjacent to the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, at the southern end of Parking Lot I. Training runs are led by volunteers who have a wealth of experience coaching their particular event. While Saturday is the primary training day and most heavily attended, Pacers also meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 p .m. in the same location.
  • Full Marathon Training Schedule, Beginner (26 weeks, begins 11/26) icon pdf download 
  • Full Marathon Training Schedule, Advanced (26 weeks, begins 11/26) icon pdf download 
  • Half Marathon Training Schedule (18 weeks, begins 1/7) icon pdf download 
  • 10K Training Schedule* (13 weeks, begins 2/18) icon pdf download 
  • 5K Training Schedule* (12 weeks, begins 2/18) icon pdf download 
*Please note that the 10K and 5K training programs are designed with the casual runner in mind rather than serious competitors.

You Get

A lot! You’ll find that the physical preparation you receive from training with the Pasadena Pacers, along with the camaraderie of working toward a common goal with a bunch of like-minded folks, is priceless!

While the Pasadena Pacers do not dispense medical advice, Team Chiropractor, Steve Smith, will help to resolve problems related to running injuries at no charge during training meetings. He will also provide an injury prevention clinic early in the training program.

Did we mention that the Pacers also hike? Hiking is excellent cross training, and all participants are invited to join in weekly hikes ranging from 3 – 15 miles with varying degrees of difficulty. Hiking locations change from week to week, and are posted on the Pasadena Hiking Pacers website and Facebook.

You Give…

Again, the Pasadena Pacers training program is free of charge. We do ask that you purchase a training shirt and wear it on Saturday runs as well as during organized race events. A Pasadena Marathon/Pacers special-edition training shirt will soon be available for purchase at our online store. Alternatively, the traditional red Pasadena Pacers shirt can be purchased during the Saturday training meeting. You’ll wear that shirt proudly, we can assure you!

Being an organization comprised entirely of volunteers, members are expected to chip in once during the season by manning a water station, or donating juice, fruit, or bagels & cream cheese for post-training fuel. This one-time commitment will not be burdensome, and your contributions will go far in helping to keep the Pacers Machine well oiled!

Next Step? Show Up!

Over the years, the Pacers have found that their Yahoo! Group is the most expeditious method of communicating with members. The good news is that there is no paperwork, and you can always keep abreast of what is going on with the Pacers by hopping online! Getting “signed up” with the Pasadena Pacers could not be easier—just show up at the appointed location on the first Saturday on your training schedule. You’ll have no trouble identifying the Pacers—look for the mass of people in red!

In the meantime, please join the Pacers’ Yahoo! Group online:

  • Go to www.pasadenapacers.org.
  • Click on the Pacers logo at the top right of the homepage to join the Yahoo! Group.
  • Click on the blue “Join This Group” button at the top right of the page.
  • Either sign in with an existing Yahoo! ID, or create a new account.
  • Follow the prompts and you’ll be on your way to having all the latest Pacer news at your fingertips!
    Note: The Pasadena Pacers Group Administrator must approve your request to “join” this group before you are granted access. This will take just a few hours. Please indicate “2012 Pasadena Marathon” in your message to the Group Administrator.
Once you’ve decided to train with the Pasadena Pacers, make sure to designate your affiliation by joining the Pasadena Pacers Team in the 2012 Pasadena Marathon online registration process.

Burning Questions

If you have questions that haven’t been answered here, please feel free to contact Robin Smith at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 626.792.1221.

Also, to get a great sense of what the Pacers are all about, click here to read a profile which was published in the 2011 Pasadena Marathon event program.

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