NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Memorial Foundation East Texas Half Marathon isn't until November, but participants are already training for the 13.1 mile marathon.
This year specific training plans are being offered. They'll be kicked off this week.
East Texas News met up with some runners who are off to an early start with their training, despite the heat.
"OK, for our workout we're going to do a warm-up 400 jog, which is a one loop around the track," said Kelley Davis, a running coach.
Davis is on the right track promoting long distance running to develop healthier East Texans.
"It's amazing what you can train your body to do if you just put in the work," Kelley said.
"The squats and the crunches and the pushups are all going to help you build strength in your muscles that will help you become a faster runner overall," Kelley said.
Beginner runner Amber Shadow has noticed in just two weeks the training is helping her run longer and faster.
"I didn't ever really know where to begin and it's kinda given me a starting point and kind of accountability," said Amber Shadow, a beginner runner.
Mom Holly Findeisen is training for her second East Texas Marathon. Her number one cheerleader is 18-month-old Cason, who doesn't like to sit still.
"He is always like, 'Mama, vroom, vroom. Wants me to keep going," Findeisin said.
Encouragement also comes from Nacogdoches Endurance Training and the newly formed Pineywoods Running Club. Starting at $30, fourteen-week training packages will get participants off on the right foot. Incentives are offered at a Friday night kickoff party.
"Door prizes and raffles and discounts on training and discounts on the Half Marathon race itself," Davis said.
Trainers say the support will get you across the finish line.
"You build friendships and you build comradery," Davis said. "The day of the race has so much more meaning behind it when you can cheer your friends across the finish line."
The East Texas Marathon attracts several hundred participants of all ages to Nacogdoches each year.
The East Texas Half Marathon Kick Off Party is at Maroney Park from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, followed by Movies in the Park.
Then on Saturday morning, a Pace Run from Java Jacks will group runners according to ability for training purposes.
Group training is also each Tuesday night at McMichael Middle School Track at 6 p.m. Race day is November 15. Runners can sign up at www.nacendurance.com.