Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about USA FIT Salt Lake:

Questions about the program:

Questions about signing up:

Questions about the training:

Other questions:


  1. It is past the registration date. Can I still join USA FIT Salt Lake?
    We will take registrations through Saturday, February 1, 2014. Once we are past the registration date, we cannot take any new members.
  2. I’m not a member. Do you allow drop-ins? USA FIT Salt Lake does not have a drop-in program unless you are a visiting member of another USA FIT program. Our all-inclusive membership covers our seminars, coaching, and training runs/walks.
  3. What is USA FIT Salt Lake? USA FIT Salt Lake is an award-winning, 24-week running and walking program. This same program is currently being held in over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally. USA FIT Salt Lake will begin its next season on Saturday January 4, 2014 with a final registration on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
  4. Who should join? USA FIT Salt Lake is perfect for anyone who has a desire to challenge themselves, wants to exercise and make new friends, wants to increase their body strength and stamina, wants to look and feel better, or simply wants to get involved in a healthy lifestyle sport.
  5. When is the USA FIT Salt Lake 2014 season? The official USA FIT Salt Lake 2014 season is the six months prior to the Utah Valley Marathon. This runs from January 4 – June 14, 2014. This is when we hold our seminars and provide training schedules for our members.
  6. Where is the training? We have 6 main locations across the Salt Lake valley where we will meet for Saturday group runs. They are Sugarhouse Park, Liberty Park, the State Capitol Bldg, Jordan River Parkway at 5400 S, Draper City Park, and Daybreak.
  7. Can walkers participate? Walkers are welcome! We have a wonderful walking program that will enable you to complete the Utah Valley Marathon.
  8. Are you affiliated with a charity? USA FIT Salt Lake is not associated with a charity, and you do not need to raise money to participate in this program. There are several good marathon training programs where raising money for a charity is part of the program. While these can be effective and rewarding, we realize that it’s not for everyone, and it may be impossible to do year after year. Some of our members choose to raise money for a charity, but it certainly isn’t a requirement.
  9. How did all this come about? It all began in Houston about 25 years ago with 50 runners, two guys, and an idea that runners needed some guidance and training to achieve their marathon goals.
  10. What is an ability-based color group? USA FIT Salt Lake consists of five pace groups: Blue, Green, Yellow, Red, and Purple (walkers). You will be placed in the group that best suits your training pace. For example, if you train at a 9-10 minute per mile pace, you will be a member of the Yellow group. This system works because it allows you to train with those who are at your ability level.
  11. What color group will I be in? Our first two weekend runs are one- to three-mile pace finder walks or runs. Your time for pace run/walk will place you in a color group. You should walk or run at a pace at which you feel you could keep going for a little bit beyond those one or three miles. If you couldn’t keep walking or running after completing our initial pace finder, then you are going too fast. All walkers are in our Purple group regardless of pace.
  12. Why should I walk or run my one or two mile time trial slower when I can go faster? Simply because you are training for a marathon, not a one- or three-mile race. Walking or running too fast will seriously compromise your training season. If you find your correct training pace from the beginning, you will complete the marathon in less time, you will experience fewer injuries, and you will have a lot more fun.
  13. What are the weekly seminars? Each weekend, after the group run, we’ll hold a 15-20 minute educational seminar. Topics will all be health- and fitness-related and will be led by industry professionals. After each seminar, you will break off into your color groups for a brief talk and question-and-answer with your coach.
  14. What happens on any given Saturday? We run or walk with our groups before or after each seminar. The seminar will start at (times may vary) every Saturday. After the seminar, we usually meet with our color groups for a few minutes to talk with the coaches, ask questions, make plans for the next week, etc. Before the weekend, you will be given the starting time for your color group (available on this site and in the e-newsletter you’ll be receiving).
  15. Who created our schedule? Our schedule comes from the great folks at Houston FIT. For over 24 years, they have been training people all over the country just like us. Everybody has a different marathon philosophy, but ours has been tested literally tens of thousands of times.
  16. Do we get discounts on shoes? Yes, Wasatch Running Center is one of our 2014 sponsors and will offer member discounts throughout the season.
  17. How can I sign up? Signups are open for the 2014 season. You can sign up online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page, or in person at one of our sign-up sessions.
  18. How much does it cost? USA FIT Salt Lake’s 24-week training program costs only $110 for new members and $90 for returning USA FIT members.
  19. What is included for the sign-up fee?
    • Ability-based group workouts and coaching
    • Weekly seminars
    • Weekly training schedules
    • USA FIT Salt Lake technical T-shirt
    • Discounts at sports apparel stores
    • Social activities and more!
  20. When are the in-person sign-up sessions? We will hold two orientation and time trial sessions at which in-person registration will be available. They are Sat. January 4, 2014 10am @ Daybreak Community Center, 4544 West Harvest Moon Drive, South Jordan and
    Sat. January 11, 2014 2pm @ Olympic Oval, 5662 South Cougar Lane, Kearns.
  21. What happens at the sign-up session? The sign-up sessions include in-person registration, an orientation seminar, guest speakers, and introduction of coaching staff. The sign-up session takes approximately 1-1.5 hours. Sign ups for the USA FIT Salt Lake 2014 season will be:
    • Saturday, January 4, 2014 10am @ Daybreak Community Center, 4544 West Harvest Moon Drive, South Jordan
    • Saturday, January 11, 2014 2pm @ Olympic Oval, 5662 South Cougar Lane, Kearns
  22. Can I pay with a credit card? Yes. Register online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page to pay with a credit card. We cannot accept credit cards at our in-person registration, so please sign up with your credit card online or bring cash or check to the in-person sign-ups.
  23. Do I have to attend both orientation sessions? We provide two orientation sessions for your convenience. We will cover all the details of how the program works at each meeting.
  24. I can’t make it to the first weekend. Should I still sign up? Yes, you should still sign up! Registration is open until February 1, 2014. This still provides enough time to train for the full marathon. We also have Coaches ready to answer any questions you may have from the previous weeks.
  25. Does membership into USA FIT Salt Lake include entry into the marathon? No, your payment to USA FIT Salt Lake only covers the cost of your participation in the training program. We are not affiliated with the Utah Valley Marathon in any way — we just train for it. We will provide information about how to sign up for the Utah Valley Marathon.
  26. How much training does this program involve? Realizing that most people lead very busy lives, this program is one that can easily fit into your schedule. For the most part, the program calls for running or walking only four days a week. Your long run or walk will usually take place on Saturday with your group. The day after your long run/walk is always a rest day. During the week, you run or walk for time only (i.e., 30 minutes), not for distance.
  27. What does 20 on the weekly schedule (during the week) mean? Are we running 20 miles? During the week, we run for minutes. So if the schedule says “30” on a Tuesday, you should run or walk 30 minutes. Do this at a comfortable pace unless instructed to do otherwise. On the weekends, we do miles, so the schedule will say four miles. Listen to your coaches for guidance on running these miles each week.
  28. Do I have to be there every week? While those long runs and walks are a lot easier when you’re doing them with the group, we know there are times when you won’t be able to make a weekend meeting. The seminars are important, so be sure to speak with your coach or running buddies about what you missed. In our experience, the success of our members is directly proportional to their ability to attend our weekend trainings. If you do have to miss a week, check this website for the next week’s schedule.
  29. Can we participate in races during training? Sure! In fact, the entire group will be participating in races this season. You certainly don’t have to be competitive about it, but it’s fun to run or walk in a different place, get a race number, and cross the finish line.
  30. What if I travel during my training? Can I attend USA FIT programs in other cities? Absolutely. USA FIT has programs in over 50 cities around the world, and you are welcome to attend any USA FIT meeting anywhere.
  31. Could I win the marathon? Of course you could. However, most likely you’ll get a nice T-shirt, a finisher’s medal, bragging rites, and a lot of cheers from spectators and coaches.
  32. What if I want to find out more? Send us an e-mail at info@usafitsaltlake.com.