What You'll Get
Much like visits to the DMV, marathons require stamina and the fortitude to deal with being referred to as a number. Get in line with today’s Groupon: for $89, you get a three-month training package from ALPHA Running (a $202 total value). The package includes:
- A three-month Silver-level membership (a $39 value/month)
- Registration in the Hollywood Half Marathon (an $85 value)
ALPHA Running leads the crowd in marathon training, with certified coaches heading up weekly endurance runs through Griffith Park. January 7 sees the first of these Saturday-morning jaunts, where first-timers embark on a 3-mile fun run to determine pace-group placement and weed out equine ringers. Silver-level members may also sit, sprint, or bend during Tuesday track nights and Thursday yoga sessions ($10+ additional cost). Coaches help fitness trainees to stay on track with suggestions for extracurricular runs and loud whistles to warn of nearby twinkies.
Scheduled at 6 a.m. on April 7, the Hollywood Half Marathon covers 13.1 miles of rhinestone deposits in the Hollywood Hills and rounds a loop of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. Besides race entry, participants reel in a sack of swiftness swag including an event T-shirt, Hollywood Star–shaped finishing medals, and elite limo shuttle service to the post-race award ceremony; top finishers will win cash prizes. All racers must be able to complete the 13.1 miles in three hours or have access to a time portal.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 8, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Not valid until 12/22/11. Must activate by 1/7/12. New clients only. Registration required. Must present valid photo ID at first workout. Race date is 4/7/12, must register by 4/5/12. Race registration fee waived. Non-transferable. Not valid with other offers. May redeem across visits. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About ALPHA Running
ALPHA Running's staff designs its marathon-training programs to build not only endurance and confidence, but also camaraderie among its participants. That focus on fellowship starts at the top with a team of qualified coaches. Throughout every program, they evaluate goals and pace progress so runners don’t have to carry grandfather clocks on their backs. ALPHA’s commitment to the social side of running also makes every program an inviting one, both for beginners looking to get into better shape and for seasoned marathon runners hoping to improve their performance.