Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about USA FIT Orlando:

Questions about the program:

Questions about signing up:

Questions about the training:

Other questions:

  1. It is past the registration date. Can I still join USA FIT Orlando?
    We will take registrations through September 30, 2017. Once we are past the registration date, we cannot take any new members. Please note, you must be registered by September 1st to be guaranteed a T-shirt.
  2. I’m not a member. Do you allow drop-ins? USA FIT Orlando does not have a drop-in program unless you are a visiting member of another USA FIT program. Our all-inclusive membership covers our seminars, coaching, and training runs/walks.
  3. What is USA FIT Orlando? USA FIT Orlando is an award-winning, 26-week running and walking program. This same program is currently being held in over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally. USA FIT Orlando will begin its next season on Saturday, July 15, 2017 and Saturday, July 22, 2017 with a final registration on September 30, 2017.
  4. Who should join? USA FIT Orlando is perfect for anyone who has a desire to challenge themselves, wants to exercise and make new friends, wants to increase their body strength and stamina, wants to look and feel better, or simply wants to get involved in a healthy lifestyle sport. The program is designed for all ability levels, from beginner (as in never ran a day in your life!) to seasoned marathoner.
  5. When is the USA FIT Orlando season? The official USA FIT Orlando season runs from mid July until mid January. This is when we hold our seminars and provide training schedules for our members. January through June we schedule informal runs, because if we didn’t, we would just miss each other way too much!
  6. Where is the training? We run mainly in the Longwood, Lake Mary, and Altamonte areas, mostly on the beautiful Seminole Wekiva Trail system. Click here to see a map of training locations:
  7. Can walkers participate? Walkers are welcome! We have a wonderful walking program that will enable you to complete the Disney, Space Coast, Orlando OUC, Melbourne, Run With Donna Jacksonville, Jacksonville Bank, ING Miami, Tampa, Celebration, and other half marathons.
  8. Are you affiliated with a charity? USA FIT Orlando is not associated with a charity, and you do not need to raise money to participate in this program. There are several good marathon training programs where raising money for a charity is part of the program. While these can be effective and rewarding, we realize that it’s not for everyone, and it may be impossible to do year after year. Some of our members choose to raise money for a charity, but it certainly isn’t a requirement.
  9. How did all this come about? It all began in Houston about 25 years ago with 50 runners, two guys, and an idea that runners needed some guidance and training to achieve their marathon goals.
  10. What is an ability-based color group? USA FIT Orlando consists of four pace groups:  Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, and Purple (walkers). You will be placed in the group that best suits your training pace. For example, if you train at a 10-12 minute per mile pace, you will be a member of the Orange group. This system works because it allows you to train with those who are at your ability level.
  11. What color group will I be in? Our first two weekend runs are one- or two-mile pace finder walks or runs. Your time for pace run/walk will place you in a color group. You should walk or run at a pace at which you feel you could keep going for a little bit beyond those one or three miles. If you couldn’t keep walking or running after completing our initial pace finder, then you are going too fast. All walkers are in our Purple group regardless of pace.
  12. Why should I walk or run my one or two mile pace finder slower when I can go faster? Simply because you are training for a marathon, not a one- or two-mile race. Walking or running too fast will seriously compromise your training season. If you find your correct training pace from the beginning, you will complete the marathon in less time, you will experience fewer injuries, and you will have a lot more fun.
  13. What are the weekly seminars? Each Saturday, after the group run, we’ll hold a 15-20 minute educational seminar. Topics will all be health- and fitness-related and will be led by industry professionals or the coaches.
  14. What happens on any given Saturday? We meet at the specified place and time which will be available on-line at this site or via the weekly e-newsletter. Please arrive a few minutes early. We then break into our color groups, get a few updates from our color group coach. We then run/walk the prescribed mileage for that week, followed by a 15-20 min seminar with a different topic/speaker each week. These too will be listed on our schedule. The seminar will start at 8:10am every Saturday. After the seminar, those interested typically go to a nearby bagel shop for coffee, bagels, and camaraderie.
  15. Who created our schedule? Our schedule comes from the great folks at USA FIT. For over 25 years, they have been training people all over the country just like us. Everybody has a different marathon philosophy, but ours has been tested literally tens of thousands of times.
  16. Do we get discounts? Yes you do!! Our partner, Fleet Feet Orlando, provides USA FIT Orlando members with a Rewards Card that entitles you to 10% off socks, shoes and accessories and 15% off apparel and sports bras. Our partner, Fitness Partners, gives every USA FIT Orlando member a full month free of cross training classes. That’s a whole month to take advantage of their Pilates, yoga, spinning, boot camp, and other classes. Our partner, Coach Robb, also provides USA FIT Orlando members with a discount.You will also have an opportunity to take advantage of discounts from Fuel Belt and discounts on entry fees for races.
  17. How can I sign up? Signups are open for the 2017 season. You can sign up online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page, or in person at one of our sign-up sessions.
  18. How much does it cost? USA FIT Orlando’s 26-week training program costs only $110 for new members and $80 for returning USA FIT members.
  19. What is included for the sign-up fee?
    • Ability-based group workouts and coaching
    • Training log
    • Weekly seminars
    • Weekly training schedules
    • USA FIT Orlando technical T-shirt
    • Discounts at Fleet Feet Orlando, Coach Robb, and a free month of cross training classes at Fitness Partners
    • Thursday evening speed training track workouts
    • Social activities and more!
  20. When are the in-person sign-up sessions? In-person registration for USA FIT Orlando’s season takes place at Cranes Roost in Altamonte Springs at the Amphitheater. Sign-ups are at 8am on the following dates: Saturday, July 16, 2016 and Saturday, July 23, 2016.
  21. What happens at the sign-up session? The sign-up sessions include sign-ups, an orientation seminar, and a short pace-finder run or walk which helps place you in the correct training group. Everyone is strongly encouraged to come to both of the orientation/sign-up sessions (weeks 1 and 2), as the seminars will cover different information. The sign-up session takes approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. Sign ups for the USA FIT Orlando 2016 season will be:
    • Saturday, July 16, 2015 at Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs (at the Amphitheater)
    • Saturday, July 23, 2015 at Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs (at the Amphitheater)
  22. Can I pay with a credit card? Yes. Register online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page to pay with a credit card. We cannot accept credit cards at our in-person sign-ups, so please sign up online with your credit card online or bring cash or check to the in-person sign-ups.
  23. Do I have to attend both orientation sessions? If possible, we’d like you to attend both sessions (weeks 1 and 2). We will cover all the details of how the program works the first week and put you into your groups. The content of the first two seminars is also different. The first week is information about USA FIT Orlando; the second seminar is a mandatory session on “Hydration and Warm Weather Running.”
  24. I can’t make it to the first weekend. Should I still sign up? Yes, you should still sign up! We’d like you to attend the first week for the reasons outlined in the previous Q&A, but we know not everyone can make it to week 1. That’s why we have another sign-up the following week. The week 2 seminar will be a quick overview of week 1, but we also have Coaches/Assistant Coaches ready to answer any question you have from the previous week.
  25. Does entry into USA FIT Orlando include entry into the marathon? No, your payment to USA FIT Orlando only covers the cost of your participation in the training program. We are not affiliated with Disney or other race organizers in any way — we just train for the races.
  26. How much training does this program involve? Realizing that most people lead very busy lives, this program is one that can easily fit into your schedule. For the most part, the program calls for running or walking only four days a week. Your long run or walk will usually take place on Saturday with your group. The day after your long run/walk is always a rest day. During the week, you run or walk for time only (i.e., 30 minutes), not for distance.
  27. What does 20 on the weekly schedule (during the week) mean? Are we running 20 miles? During the week, we run for minutes. So if the schedule says “20” on a Tuesday, you should run or walk 20 minutes. Do this at a comfortable pace unless instructed to do otherwise. On the weekends, we do miles, so the schedule will say 4 miles. Listen to your coaches for guidance on running these miles each week.
  28. Do I have to be there every week? While those long runs and walks are a lot easier when you’re doing them with the group, we know there are times when you won’t be able to make a weekend meeting. The seminars are important, so be sure to speak with your coach or running buddies about what you missed. In our experience, the success of our members is directly proportional to their ability to attend our weekend trainings. If you do have to miss a week, check this website for the next week’s schedule.
  29. Can we participate in races during training? Sure! In fact, the entire group will be participating in two or three races this season. You certainly don’t have to be competitive about it, but it’s fun to run or walk in a different place, get a race number, and cross the finish line. They are also great practice for your goal race.
  30. What if I travel during my training? Can I attend USA FIT programs in other cities? Absolutely. USA FIT has programs in over 50 cities around the world, and you are welcome to attend any USA FIT meeting anywhere.
  31. Could I win the marathon?  Of course you could. However, most likely you’ll get a nice T-shirt, a finisher’s medal, bragging rights, and a lot of cheers from spectators and coaches.
  32. What if I want to find out more? Send us an e-mail at