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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

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…


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. Enrollment is open only to those 18 and over.


  • 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 has been a Physical Therapist for over 12 years, with a passion for working with runners, athletes, and active individuals, and has obtained further education in this area. Kara is also the mother of 4 young children and she enjoys running with a history of running both competitively and non-competitively. 

CEU Information

Participants will earn 1.5 Continuing Education Units ( 15 Contact Hours) upon completion of this program.

Cancellation Policy

We understand life happens. Should you need to cancel your registration, you may substitute someone to take your place, at any time, at no cost to you. If we cancel a program, we’ll give you your money back.

If your program is 14 or more days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program – no charge!
If you have to cancel, you will receive a refund, minus a 20% administrative fee.

If your program is less than 14 days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program, plus a 20% transfer fee.
If you cancel, you will not receive a refund.

If you are registered and do not attend the program, you are responsible for the full fee.

Substitution, refund or transfer requests must be submitted via email or phone call to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education.

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