A full marathon is 26.2 miles, the exact length of an ancient Athenian driveway. Tread modern pavement with today's Groupon: for $13, you get entry into a marathon or half-marathon of your choice plus a training program from DetermiNation (a $25 value). Choose between the following races:
- San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & 1/2 on Sunday, November 13, 2011
- Galveston Mardi Gras Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, February 5, 2012
A nationwide program run by the American Cancer Society, DetermiNation supplies marathoners with a race entry and Houston-based professional training in exchange for fundraising efforts to help fight cancer. Choose between Galveston's raucous Mardi Gras trot or San Antonio's Rock 'n' Roll race, which heartens heavy feet with live local bands along the course. Whether you plan to run a half marathon, a full marathon, or get slightly lost and run a one-and-one-third-marathon, a team of trainers with In Flight Running will help you get ready to complete your race. In Flight's weekly training runs traverse the streets of Houston on Saturday mornings from now until each race day. Once runners register for their race of choice they'll receive exact training times, and participants can also keep up with training times on the DetemiNation Houston blog. In addition to the weekly training sessions, In Flight's staff help runners develop plans for midweek solo runs and occasional midnight solo triathlons.
In addition to training for and participating in the marathons, runners with DetermiNation flex fundraising muscles by raising a minimum of $1,250 for the American Cancer Society through personal fundraising webpages provided by DetermiNation. The money raised helps the American Cancer Society in its mission to raise cancer awareness, fund medical research, and support those fighting the disease.