I know it’s tough to think about outdoor exercise and achieving new athletic goals when the heat index is 105 degrees, but if you’d like to impress your friends and co-workers by running an absurd distance (as in a half marathon or marathon) this fall, now is the time to get in on Dallas’ most affordable training program

You can train with the Dallas Running Club to run the DRC Half Marathon next November or the White Rock Marathon next December. The DRC coaches are fabulous, the support of other runners is invaluable, and the price is right. When you join the Dallas Running Club ($25 for a year) the five-month fall training programs are $30. That’s about a quarter of the price of some of the other training programs I’ve checked into around town. Plus, by joining the DRC, you have free registration at monthly timed White Rock Lake races.

The DRC distance training program is split into several pace groups, so it’s good for runners/walkers of all levels. Here’s the catch — the club has nearly 4,000 members and the training program caps off at 450 runners so you should probably get in on it right away if you’re interested.

There will be a fall training kickoff meeting at the sweltering Winfrey Point Wednesday, July 8, but DRC reps suggest you hurry up and register before then.

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