This year is finally my year! My year to change my life for the better and what better way to do that, than to sign up with Portland Fit!?  The coaches are awesome! Supportive and full of useful info, especially important for newbies like me. Two half marathons completed, with another half and a full marathon coming up during my first year. This program pretty much means "couch to marathon" training for me, and I couldn't be happier or more grateful! Thank you Portland Fit!

Karalie Vest, USA FIT Portland, OR

I am thankful for the opportunity to train for the first time with Portland Fit. I joined the club late in this year’s marathon training season. In a short time I made many friends and recognized that Portland Fit is a great club that prepares runners of all ages, capabilities, and experiences to run a marathon. Runners include both first-time marathoners and seasoned veterans. The leaders of Portland Fit are knowledgeable and caring, and they follow their own well-designed marathon training plan. The routes chosen by Portland Fit are varied and interesting. Week by week, the long runs gradually increase in distance so that the runners may safely adapt to running a marathon distance. Leaders provide a brief talk before the long runs, offering guidance, advice, and encouragement. Leaders also chalk mark the entire training route prior to each run, and one member even accompanies the weekly long runs on bike in case assistance is desired. Great idea! I have never seen this. Aid stations provide runners with great snacks and welcome encouragement. I encourage you to consider Portland Fit to help you train for your marathon!~ Duncan McCaig

Duncan, Portland, OR

"By joining Portland Fit I met a fantastic group of positive runners and coaches who helped me stay committed to my goals. The weekly runs and marathon plan was structured but still flexible for busy schedules - allowing me to increase my PR by 22 minutes in my 5th full marathon! Thanks Portland Fit!”

Emily Arruda, USA FIT Portland

"Portland Fit is not just “another” running/walking club. It is definitely a program that incorporates community, friendships, training, support, and education. This year was my third year participating and my first year completing a full marathon. I would never have thought I could accomplish this huge feat, but with the weekly training walks and support of the group, I was a believer. If you are even thinking about training for a big event (be it a ½ marathon, marathon, or anything in between) you are definitely taking the right step by joining PFit." Thank you

Dena Lewis, USA Fit Portland