Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about USAFit Boston:

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 BostonFit?
    We will take registrations through July 1. Once we are past the registration date, check with the organizer:
  2. I’m not a member. Do you allow drop-ins?  BostonFit does not have a drop-in program unless you are a visiting member of another USAFIT program. Our all-inclusive membership covers our seminars, coaching, and training runs/walks.
  3. What is Boston FIT? BostonFit is an award-winning, 24-week running program. This same program is currently being held in over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally.
  4. Who should join? BostonFit 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.   If you want to challenge yourself, if you have set your sights on a half or full marathon, and if you want to find an incredibly supportive community, BostonFit is for you.
  5. When is the BostonFit season? The official BostonFit season is the six months prior to our fall target race. This usually runs from May or June. This is when we hold our seminars and provide training schedules for our members. In 2018, our season kick-off is May 12, and we are training for a fall race, or any fall marathon or half marathon you choose.  Some members may be training for other marathons  – we welcome you no matter what your goal race is – we just might have to help you make some adjustments to the training schedule.
  6. Where is the training? We usually meet at the American Legion Marsh Post, # 5 Greenough Boulevard, Cambridge MA.
  7. Can walkers participate? We do not yet have a walking program at BostonFit. You are allowed to walk during your training runs, however!
  8. Are you affiliated with a charity? BostonFit is not associated with a charity, and you do not need to raise money to participate in this program. We welcome any members who will be fundraising for any charity.
  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? USAFit Boston consists of five training groups: ATP, Green, Yellow, Red, and Purple (half marathon). You will be placed in the group that best suits your training pace. For example, if you train at a 9-10 minute per mile pace, you will be a member of the Yellow 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 run will be a 2.6 mile pace finder runs. Your time for pace run 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 the 2.6 miles. If you couldn’t keep walking or running after completing our initial pace finder, then you are going too fast.  There is no pace run for ATP or the Purple (half) group.
  12. Why should I run my 2.6m time trial slower when I can go faster? Simply because you are training for a marathon, not a 2.6 mile race. 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, before group run, we’ll hold a 15-20 minute educational seminar. Topics will all be health- and fitness-related and will be led by our coaches or guest speakers (professionals in the industry). After each seminar, you will break off into your color groups for a brief talk and question-and-answer with your coach.
  14. What happens on any given Saturday? We run with our groups after each seminar.  At the beginning of our season, the seminar will start at 7:30 every Saturday.  We will start at 6:30 during the summer months and for our longest runs.  After the seminar, we run with our color groups groups.  After our run, we spend a few minutes talking with the coaches and other members, asking questions, and making plans for the next week, etc. Before the weekend, you will be given the starting time for your color group (available on this site and in the e-newsletter you’ll be receiving).
  15. Who created our schedule? Our schedule comes from the great folks at USAFit in Houston. 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 on shoes? Our partner running store, Greater Boston Running Company, offers discounts to members.   We have one of our first meetings at this location so members can stick around after your run and talk to the staff there about proper running shoes.
  17. How can I sign up? Signups are open for the 2018 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? USAFit Boston’s 23-week training program costs only $100 for new members and $90 for returning USA FIT members.   The ATP program is $120 for new members, and $110 for returning members.
  19. What is included for the sign-up fee?
    • Ability-based group workouts and coaching
    • Weekly seminars
    • Weekly training schedules
    • USAFit Boston T-shirt
    • Discounts at sports apparel stores
    • Social activities and more!
  20. When are the in-person sign-up sessions? In-person registration for Boston FIT’s season takes place at American Legion Marsh Post, #5 Greenough Boulevard, Cambridge MA. Sign-ups are at 7:30 AM on May 12.
  21. What happens at the sign-up session? The sign-up sessions include sign-ups, an orientation seminar, and a short pace run 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 hour. Sign ups for the USAFit Boston 2018 season will be:
    • May 12 at 7:30 am  
  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 USAFit Boston; the second seminar is a mandatory session on Hydration.
  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 USAFit Boston include entry into the marathon? No, your payment to USAFit Boston only covers the cost of your participation in the training program. We are not affiliated with any of the marathons— we just train for them. We will provide information about how to sign up..
  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 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 is always a rest day. During the week, you run 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 “30” on a Tuesday, you should run or walk 30 minutes. Do this at a comfortable pace unless instructed to do otherwise. On the weekends, we do miles, so the schedule will say four 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 one or more races this season. You certainly don’t have to be competitive about it, but it’s fun to run in a different place, get a race number, and cross the finish line.  It is also great experience and 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