Distance Running Course

This course provides physiological and emotional marathon training tools to help you on a journey that finishes at the end of the Eau Claire Marathon.

Key Program Information
Categories Youth and Community Programs | Community Classes for Adults
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face

Who Should Attend

While all adults interested in distance running are welcome, this class is specifically designed for anyone, at any level, interested in running a half or full marathon! This course will provide you with the training tools to help you on this 14-week journey that culminates at the finish line at the Eau Claire Marathon on May 6th, 2019.

Program Description

Training to run a full or half marathon

Running a half or full marathon is just as much mental as is it is physical. This course will tackle both aspects through classroom discussion and weekend training runs. No matter where you start, you will have the tools and support you need to cross the finish line at the Eau Claire Marathon after our 14-week journey together.

Creating a marathon training plan

This course includes a 50-minute lecture covering wellness theory and running-related topics each week, along with a Saturday running session. It is suggested you train outside of the course times as well.

Topics will include:

  • Injuries
  • Strength training
  • Mental training
  • Physiology
  • And many more…



Matt Evans has been organizing races and motivating athletes for over 30 years through his involvement in races and training programs.  He sees the value in community based exercise programs with a nod towards local events that help ordinary people achieve personal goals.  He currently teaches physics at UW-Eau Claire, but he has found time to do over 40 marathons and 200 triathlons.

Kara Johnson is a Physical Therapist at Mayo Clinic Health Systems here in Eau Claire. She did her undergraduate work at UW-La Crosse and graduate studies at Marquette University. She ran track through college and has run half and full marathons. She has recently traded in racing to the finish line to racing after her three young daughters. Kara has worked in the orthopedic and sports medicine setting for the past six years and has taken special interest in running rehabilitation and injury prevention.