Training Team Information

Head Coach

Carrie Parker

Carrie ParkerCarrie Parker helps lead the Team, bringing with her ten years of experience with the MTT and four years coaching the YMCA 10k Training Team. She actively supports and trains with many athletes within our local community. She’s deeply grounded with the desire to see everyone get active and happy, regardless of the speed or the distances…so let’s get moving!


Fitness Requirements to be on the Training Team

There is a 7-hour time limit to complete the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, so that requires maintaining an average pace of about 16 minutes per mile for the entire 26.2 miles. Based on the industry standard pace calculators, comparable times would be about 3 hours, 20 minutes for a half marathon or 1 hour, 30 minutes for a 10k. Each participant should be able to comfortably finish four miles several times per week while primarily running prior to the start of the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team. We will monitor the progress of all of our runners during the early part of our training to make sure you have the fitness to complete the marathon in the required time. You must be 18 years or older to join the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team.

Other Races

Throughout the duration of the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team program, some local races may be used as training runs. These races may require additional entry fees and will be optional.


Sports Backers Marathon Training Team Info Video

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