Virtual Half Marathon

Registration Open


Challenge yourself by running our annual Virtual Half Marathon and earn some serious bling while supporting the podcast!

What is a virtual half marathon?

  • Run or walk 13.1 miles (22.1 kilometers) on the roads, trails, treadmill, or track. You have the flexibility and convenience of running it at any time of day and at your own pace. Run it with a friend to make it even more fun! You can also incorporate it into another race or challenge. All we ask is that you go the full distance.

When will the race take place?

  • Between now and December 31st. You can run it anytime before the end of 2020. We use the honor system. You can join our virtual race Facebook group where thousands of runners around the world encourage each other.

What kind of swag will participants get?

  • Registered participants will receive a super cool commemorative finisher’s medal, half marathon training plan designed by Coach Angie, downloadable bib, and access to our amazing virtual race FB group. *Swag will be shipped out in December.

Registration is Open!

Basic Registration: $35 + Shipping (Price goes up November 1st)

CLICK HERE TO ADD TO CART

  • Super Cool Finisher’s Medal
  • Half Marathon Training Plan
  • Virtual Race Bib
  • Access to the Facebook group
  • Bonus Audio Download: Our Top Ten Podcast Bundle

Basic + Hat Registration: $50 + Shipping (Price goes up November 1st)

CLICK HERE TO ADD TO CART

  • Super Cool Finisher’s Medal
  • Our New Technical (Trucker Style) Running Hat
  • Half Marathon Training Plan
  • Virtual Race Bib
  • Access to the Facebook group
  • Bonus Audio Download: Our Top Ten Podcast Bundle

Deluxe Registration: ($99 Four Months of Membership + Free Shipping!)

CLICK HERE TO ADD TO CART

Here is everything you get with a Deluxe Registration:
Free Shipping + 4 months of Academy Membership (normally $100)

  • Super Cool Finisher’s Medal
  • Our New Technical Running “Trucker Style” Hat
  • Virtual Race Bib
  • Access to the pop-up Facebook group
  • Bonus Audio Download: Our Top Ten Podcast Bundle

+ Plus

  • Free Shipping!
  • 4 Months of Academy Membership (normally $100.00)
  • Membership includes Access to the MTA Training Plan Vault
  • Membership includes all of our archived podcast episodes
  • Member’s only Facebook group to get your questions answered anytime by our amazing coaches and community

*If you are a current member of the Academy the extra 4 months will be credited to your account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we order as a group?

  • Yes, this will save on shipping. One person will need to place the order for the whole group. Just select the quantity you want at checkout and the medals will be sent to the same address. Then forward the emails you get from us to the other runners so they will have all the appropriate links and instructions. No need to officially “register” each person separately at check out.

Do you ship outside the USA?

  • Yes! We ship anywhere in the world. The cost of shipping outside the USA is unfortunately not as cheap (we don’t make any money from the shipping). Many runners are joining with their running partners to share the cost of shipping. It costs about the same amount to send 1 medal as it does 2-4 medals in the same package. Just select the quantity you want at checkout and the medals will be sent to the same address. Then forward the emails you get from us to the other runners so they will have all the appropriate links and instructions. No need to officially “register” each person separately at check out. Please be aware that due to Covid the international shipping is extremely slow right now!

How do I complete the half marathon?

  • We are trying to keep it simple. Run or walk 13.1 miles or 21.1 kilometers between now and the end of 2020. You can run on roads, trails, treadmill, etc. The medal will be shipped out in December even if you don’t report your miles. We use the honor system.

Can I Double Dip?

You can run your half marathon as part of another virtual or in person race. We call it “double dipping”. Many runners do it. For example, if you are doing The Corona Lisa 100 Mile Challenge you can count your miles toward both.

Can I run a little each day?

No. For the virtual half we are asking that you run (or walk) the full 13.1 miles (21.1) kilometers all in the same day.

How do I report my runs?

  • You can post a screenshot or photo of your run. *Note: reporting your run is not mandatory since we use the honor system. If you pay for a medal you will get it regardless of whether you report or not.

Cancellation/Refunds

  • Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund for this event. Since we immediately spend the money on purchasing the medal and shipping, all sales are final.

When will my medal arrive?

  • The medal(s) will be shipped out from a USA based facility in December. It could take longer to reach you depending on where you live. Please be aware that if you live outside the USA it could take an extra couple months to reach you. We’ve found that due to Covid the international shipping is extremely slow right now.

Is there a special Facebook group for this event?

  • The MTA Virtual Half will use the “Social Distancing” Run Facebook group which has over 10,000 members and a very active community. It’s a great place to share photos, results, and see what other runners are up to.



About the Marathon Training Academy Podcast

MTAlogoThe Marathon Training Academy Podcast was started in 2010 to inspire and empower everyday people to live healthier lives and achieve fitness goals by unleashing their marathon potential. The show features actionable training wisdom delivered in a funny and relatable style.

Co-hosts Angie and Trevor want you to believe that you have what it takes to run a marathon and change your life! The podcast is downloaded over 100,000 times per month by listeners around the world and is a hand-selected iTunes Essentials running podcast.

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From Our Podcast Fans . . .

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Angie and Trevor Spencer, the hosts of Marathon Training Academy, are cute as all get-out. They’re that adorable couple you picture spending their Sundays walking the dog and baking muffins. And maybe they do that, but only after logging in their long run to train for another upcoming marathon. And they aren’t just fanatics. Angie Spencer is a registered nurse and certified running coach with serious marathon know-how. The hosts tackle all manner of listener questions from marathon fueling to injury prevention to compression clothing. But the best takeaway from this podcast is the mondo dose of can-do attitude; it’s a feeling that lingers long after the theme music stops singing that you’re ‘well on your way.