The human body is capable of great feats of endurance, be it running a marathon, scaling Mt. Everest, or sitting through staged readings of Atlas Shrugged. Build strength with today's Groupon: for $25, you get an endurance-sports-training package from Team In Training, an organization that raises funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (a $100 value). The package includes group workouts, personalized coaching, and registration for any Team In Training–supported half marathon, full marathon, century ride, or triathlon of your choice, complete with all necessary apparel, transportation, and lodging. See the full calendar of events here.
Through customized coaching, regular workouts, and inspirational camaraderie, Team In Training readies bodies for races and benefits medical-cure research. Certified coaches tailor each three- to five-month conditioning program to participants' individual abilities, helping ambitious athletes increase their speed, endurance, and confidence when faced with human-size hamster balls. Adhering to monthly exercise calendars, groups of trainees assemble one or two times a week (usually on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings), pushing each other toward top potential. Clinics held on nutrition and injury prevention supplement workout regimens, and provided Team In Training apparel prepares racers to run straight onto runways after crossing the finish line. In addition to athletic training and stylish swag, participants receive fundraising support and incentives (fundraising requirements vary based on the event).
Fleet feet can compete in a variety of upcoming competitions, keeping sneakers on home turf at the Dallas White Rock full and half marathon on December 4, or taking a race-based vacation for the Walt Disney World marathon on January 7 and 8 in Orlando, Florida. Bicycles can strut their stuff amid rusty plateaus at El Tour de Tucson in Arizona on November 19. Teams celebrate training success with a pre-race pasta party, a post-race victory party, and a mid-race racing party, and racers end the experience feeling good about their achievement, newfound friends, and life-saving contribution to leukemia and lymphoma research.