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A hometown celebration of the District’s running community and culture, the DC Half will take place on the streets of DC on September 18th, 2022. The DC Half is presented by your local run shop, Pacers Running, and is the best way to race the District.

This year we're excited to offer a training team that's free with your registration. Join teammates from around the country to train together for 13.1 miles, with high fives and coach support along the way.

The team kicks off on June 27th, get your spot now and start training with us!

The DC Half Marathon team includes:

  • A 12 week half marathon training program of 5-6 workouts per week, including easy runs, speed work, long runs, and cross training. All running workouts can be modified for walk/run intervals.

  • Weekly emails from your coach about what you'll be doing and why.

  • Team kickoff and pre-race calls with Coach Raquel Neto, as well as monthly workshops on everything from hydration to mental prep for race day.

  • Group chat with your coach and teammates for high fives, training questions, and bonus motivation.

  • The option to work with Coach Raquel one on one for personalized training, weekly advice, and 24/7 support via text.

  • The Bird app to follow the training plan, track your progress, and communicate with your coach and team.

Who should join:

Beginner and intermediate runners looking to increase endurance, speed and confidence for race day. This plan is appropriate for runners training for their first half marathon, or looking to improve their time. All workouts are effort-based and can be modified for run/walk intervals. If you're looking for a more advanced plan, email us at hello@bird.coach!

Please note, this plan starts with a long run of 5 miles in week one. You should be comfortable running or run/walking four days a week and up to 5 miles (even if it's slow!) at the beginning of the plan.

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Raquel Neto
I believe you can reach your goals in running--and life--with discipline, dedication, and cheerleaders in your corner.
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stina
Stina
I love the fact that I get a text in the evening if I haven't run. So many days that's the little push I need to get out the door!
“I have really enjoyed Bird! It's a small thing, but I love the fact that I get a text in the evening if I haven't run. So many days that's the little push I need to get out the door! I also really enjoy the community aspect. I actually thought about the fact that I was going to update my group in Bird after my last race.”
Robin Palmer
Robin from CA
The regular text check-ins and weekly virtual happy hours were the accountability that I was looking for and demonstrated that the coaches really cared about helping you get to where you wanted to be in the program.
Years ago, I used to participate (run/walk) in 5ks to half marathons, but it’s been at least 5 years since my last one. I joined the Bird Running Group to help motivate me and to have some accountability to get moving again. The January run club was the perfect fit! All the coaches were extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful! The guidance and weekly run plans were clear and provided you with specific instructions for beginners, intermediates, and experts. I was impressed and excited at how far I’d come from the beginning to the end of the program! The regular text check-ins and weekly virtual happy hours were the accountability that I was looking for and demonstrated that the coaches really cared about helping you get to where you wanted to be in the program. I can’t wait to sign up for more of the Bird programs!
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