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On April 28, 2019, over 40,000 people from all over the world will come together to run the 26.2 miles of the world’s most iconic marathon. The Virgin Money London Marathon is Everybody’s Race.
But, the marathon is much more than those 26.2 miles.
Your marathon mission begins with your first training run. Along the way there will be hard miles and tough days, there will be aches in the body and doubts in the mind. There will be no high fives and no cheering crowds. But you’re not on your own. New Balance and Runner's World are here to help, with a chance to win a coveted race place below.
Your training support
New Balance and Runner’s World have combined all our knowledge and experience to create Mission Marathon, to offer the guidance and inspiration that will support and enrich your entire marathon journey.
Our expert coach will create five bespoke 16-week training programmes for marathon goals, from the magical sub-three hours and rising in half-hour increments to sub-five hours.
As well as precise schedules for each goal, you’ll find advice on cross-training, strength work, nutrition, and the best footwear, apparel and accessories to help you get to the start line ready to go.
To make it easier, we’ve broken the 16-week training cycle into four key phases so each week during the Mission Marathon programme you can download a training plan and watch a video for tips to help you fit it into your life.
Join the journey
In addition, five ambassadors from the Runner’s World/New Balance Pace Team, each aligned to a Mission Marathon time goal, will share their own training journeys via #missionmarathon, using their knowledge and passion to inform and inspire you.
Share your own marathon story via #missionmarathon and along with all the benefits of joining the Mission Marathon community, you’ll also be in line to win kit from official footwear and apparel sponsor, New Balance, in a monthly prize draw.
Put simply, Mission Marathon has your marathon mission covered, from the very first step all the way to the finish line.
Win your place
If you didn't manage to make it into the Virgin Money London Marathon, then here’s another chance. Runner’s World and New Balance are offering two race places, so you can be at the start line in Greenwich too.
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