Training

If you can run or walk just five miles by the month of May, then you can compete in the News and Sentinel Half Marathon the following August. 

The River City Runners and Walkers Half Marathon Clinics begins at the end of May each year, with a five mile training loop and building up to the 13.1-mile distance over a period of 12 weeks. The River City Runners and Walkers Club will supply water and sports drinks at two or two and 1/2 mile intervals along the course for anyone who wants to participate in training for The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon. Everyone is welcome to participate. Club membership is not necessary. Train with others at your pace, however fast (or not so fast), make friends, and get in shape for Parkersburg’s biggest sporting event.


Half-Marathon Training Schedule

Week 1
5 Mile Downtown Loop (City Park to Downtown Parkersburg)

Week 2
6 Mile Downtown Loop (1 Lap around City Park to Downtown Parkersburg)

Week 3
7 Mile Downtown Loop (City Park to Downtown Parkersburg via 7th Street)

Week 4
8 Mile Vienna Loop (McDonough Park on Rosemar Rd. into and thru Vienna)

Week 5
9 Mile Belpre Loop (City Park to Belpre)

Week 6
10 Mile Southside Loop (City Park to South Parkersburg)

Week 7
12 Mile Southside Loop (City Park to South Parkersburg)

Week 8
9 Mile Belpre Loop (City Park to Belpre)

Week 9
Parkersburg Half Marathon Course

Week 10
10 Mile Southside Loop (City Park to South Parkersburg)

Week 11
7 Mile Downtown Loop (City Park to Downtown Parkersburg via 7th Street)

Week 12
5 Mile Downtown Loop (City Park to Downtown Parkersburg)