mile-to-marathon training

The longest-running marathon training program in Hawaii

Are You Ready?

Whether you’re a seasoned marathon runner or considering this personal challenge for the first time, learn the correct racing skills from an endurance training master who’s helped thousands of people make the Honolulu Marathon a life-changing experience.

The Experience of a Lifetime

BC Endurance Trainings Mile-to-Marathon Training will prepare beginner, intermediate, and advanced level racers for the 51st Honolulu Marathon on December 8, 2024, including adjunct training programs for the Merrie Mile on December 7 and the Start-to-Park 10K that runs concurrently with the marathon.

Below you’ll find information about the 17-week program training schedule and format, as well as how to secure your spot and get answers to any questions you might have.

Our Promise

You’ll complete the race of your choice (mile, 10k or 42k) enjoyably and competently, with expert guidance and friendly group support.

Safe and Injury-Free

 Many programs push participants too hard, too soon. Having trained endurance athletes for over 4 decades, Brian Clarke’s unique methodology builds racing capacity without injury.

Advanced Racer Skills

You’ll build advanced running skills and healthy habits (see “6 Vital Skills You’ll Learn” below), including the 5 key racing abilities: stamina, power, speed, and endurance

Group Support

You’ll train with others of your ability, in runner, jogger or walker groups. Nobody gets left behind. Everyone benefits from the morale boost of friendly group support.

6 Vital Skills You'll Learn

Unlike most racing programs on the market, ours is built around a systematic teaching methodology – the product of decades of research by master endurance trainer Brian Clarke. You’ll finish with a thorough body of knowledge about both endurance training and yourself.

Build 5 Racing Abilities

Our training will support you in building Stamina, Power, Tempo, Speed, and
Endurance.

Develop Correct Posture

You’ll look and perform your best with less effort using correct posture.

Adopt Gentle Movement Stretching

You’ll learn to limber up for vigorous exercise, without pain or injury.

Prevent Serious Injuries

You’ll learn how to avoid injuries properly before they become serious.

Conquer Your Fear of Hills

Whether you hate hills or not, you’ll learn to do them safely and enjoyably.

Correct Pacing

You’ll learn to pace yourself correctly for best training and race results.

I’ve been running marathons for decades, but what’s really remarkable is that after 10-15 years of just accepting injury after injury, I have been injury-free for the year-and-a-half since I’ve been training with Brian. Many other programs push people too hard, but he really emphasizes rest and recovery in your training.

Steve Davidson, 78

I’ve learned so much from Brian’s training programs. I realized that even though I did the Great Aloha Run many times, I really didn’t know that much about running. I didn’t know how to train properly. Brian’s not about just getting to the finish line, he teaches about proper form, proper technique, proper mindset.

Stacy Zembik, 63

Brian wants us to understand the science behind training. It’s not just going out every day and running hard. Sometimes it might look a little counter-intuitive, but at the end of the day it leads to results that can be sustained over the long term. I’ve learned that it’s not about running fast, it’s about running right.

Maiju Kutty, 52

Information Meeting

Wed. August 7, 6-7 p.m.

Join us conveniently via Zoom audio (or video, if you prefer) to learn about our training schedule and format; ask Brian and his team leaders your questions; and meet other people in the program. 

If you have Zoom on your phone or computer, all you need to do is click the “Join Meeting” button at left.

If you don’t use Zoom, type the following long phone number into your telephone: +13462487799,,87875359367# (use the Pause key for comas on an iPhone).

If prompted, the  meeting ID is 878 7535 9367 and the password is BC

Text Brian if you have trouble getting through to the meeting: 808-391-8598

The Schedule

Scheduling is our way of gathering a group that becomes a team for training and educational purposes. Please clear your schedule for the entire 17-week training. There is no time to lose, as the program’s effectiveness is built progressively.

Enrollment Period

After the information meeting on August 7, the two-week, in-person enrollment period begins on Saturday, August 10, 2024.  Everyone will meet at the same downtown location, with Brian teaching the basics of warming up and doing hills and intervals correctly. Attending all six in-person workouts during these two weeks is an enrollment condition.

Enrollment Workout Schedule

The enrollment period lasts two weeks (6 workouts), including two weeknight workouts (Monday and Wednesday) starting at 6 p.m. in Kap‘iolani Park, and at 7 a.m. on Saturday at other locations. We teach the basics cumulatively, starting at an easy level so you don’t hurt yourself at the outset. 

Post-Enrollment Workout Schedule

Our training continues after the two-week enrollment period with in-person workouts on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. On weeknights, individuals may meet in groups (or alone, if you can’t make the group location) at various O‘ahu locations (Ewa, Central, Windward, and Downtown). Brian calls the shots and leads discussions during weeknight workouts via telephone conference call. On Saturdays, everyone meets in person at the same time and location.  

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Read the Schedule Closely

Make sure you will be able to train on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m., either alone or in one of our groups across O‘ahu and on Saturday mornings at 6:30 a.m.

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Attend Information Meeting

There will be a teleconference information meeting on Wednesday, August 7, at 6 p.m. You will receive call-in information via email as part of your enrollment packet.

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Pay Enrollment Fee

This gives you access to our exclusive member portal for the duration of the program. There is a $50 Early Bird Discount until midnight on August 7, but you don’t have to wait until then if you know you plan to enroll.

Key Enrollment Dates

Information Meeting: Wednesday August 7, from 6-7 p.m.
First Workout: Saturday August 10
2-Week Enrollment Period: August 10-24

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that’s not in this list, feel free to email us – we promise we’ll respond quickly.

Do I have to be in shape to participate?

The Mile-to-Marathon Program is designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced level participants. It is not appropriate for people in extremely poor health, nor is it geared toward elite athletes. If you’re unsure whether you can or should participate, please attend our information meeting on August 7.

What if I can't make all the workout sessions?

Attending all six enrollment period workouts during the first two weeks is essential to building a foundation for subsequent training. Of course, we understand that things happen – but your goal should be to attend all six workouts on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 a.m. After the enrollment period, you will have the flexibility to train with supervised groups (or alone, if you prefer) in different locations on O‘ahu during weeknights, with Brian providing guidance via audio conference call. On Saturday mornings, we always train together as a full group.

Can you explain your "hybrid" training format?

During Covid, we began to experiment with virtual training formats, where Brian guided participants via Zoom audio. However, the virtual format left out many key aspects of training, such as group support and receiving direct feedback from a knowledgeable eye. After several years of experimenting, we’ve found a happy medium where ALL workouts are in-person. On Monday and Wednesday evenings, these take place in different locations across O‘ahu to minimize commutes for participants, with trained team leaders supervising each group and Brian calling the shots via teleconference call. On Saturday mornings, Brian leads the workout in-person for the full group.

What if I miss the Information Meeting?

If you are unable to attend the information meeting, please email Brian directly to receive the key program overview and answers to your questions.

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