Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about USA FIT BCS:

Questions about the program:

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Questions about the training:

Other questions:


  1. It is past the registration date. Can I still join USA FIT BCS?
    We will take registrations through August 1, 2016. Once we are past the registration date, we cannot take any new members.
  2. I’m not a member. Do you allow drop-ins? USA FIT BCS 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 BCS? USA FIT BCS is an award-winning, 23-week running and walking program. This same program is currently being held in over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally. USA FIT BCS will begin its next season on July 9, 2016, with a final registration on August 1, 2016.
  4. Who should join? USA FIT BCS 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.
  5. When is the USA FIT BCS season? The official USA FIT BCS season is the six months prior to the BCS Marathon and Half-Marathon. This usually runs from July until December. This is when we hold our seminars and provide training schedules for our members.
  6. Where is the training? We will meet at Tiffany Park in Bryan – look for our USAFit BCS canopy the first two weeks  You can’t miss us!
  7. Can walkers participate? Walkers are welcome! We have a wonderful walking program that will enable you to complete the BCS Half-Marathon.
  8. Are you affiliated with a charity? USA FIT BCS 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 BCS consists of two target-race groups: Purple and Light Blue. You will be placed in the group that best suits your target race (Purple for Full Marathon, and Light Blue for Half Marathon). This system works because it allows you to train with those who are at your ability level.
  11. Which group should I choose? Our first two weekend runs are three-mile pace finder walks or runs. Your time for pace run/walk will help you determine which race is best for you. 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.
  12. Why should I walk or run my one or two mile time trial slower when I can go faster? Simply because you are training for a marathon, not a 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? On selected weekends 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 and experienced runners. Some seminars will include demonstrations and you will be encouraged to participate. 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 or walk with our groups after a brief orientation by the organizer and your respective coach. After the group run there will  may a seminar or demonstration. With the exception of a few they are not mandatory. After the seminar, we usually meet with our color groups for a few minutes to talk with the coaches, ask questions, make 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 Houston 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 on shoes? Brazos Running Company of College Station has been gracious enough to allow members a one-time 20% discount and a season long 10% discount.
  17. How can I sign up? Signups are opening soon for the 2016 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 BCS’s 23-week training program costs only $130 for new members and $110 for returning USA FIT members.
  19. What is included for the sign-up fee?
    • Ability-based group workouts and coaching
    • Weekly seminars (most will be in our newsletter)
    • Weekly training schedules
    • USA FIT BCS T-shirt
    • Discounts at sports apparel stores
    • Social activities and more!
  20. When are the in-person sign-up sessions? In-person registration for USA FIT BCS’s season takes place at Tiffany Park. Sign-ups are at 6:15 am – 6:45 am on July 9 and 16.
  21. What happens at the sign-up session? The sign-up sessions include sign-ups, an orientation seminar, and a short time trial run or walk which helps place you in the correct training group.
  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 the orientation sessions? Yes, if at all possible – we realize some of you may be on vacation, but 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 a mandatory session on “Hydration and Warm Weather Running” and the second week will cover the importance of properly-fitted running shoes.
  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 extended the sign up time period. 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 BCS include entry into the marathon? No, your payment to USA FIT BCS only covers the cost of your participation in the training program. We are not affiliated with the BCS Marathon in any way — we just train for it. We will provide information about how to sign up for the BCS Marathon.
  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 “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 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.
  30. Do I have to be able to run a whole half or full marathon (13.1 or 26.2 miles)? You can if you are able, but by no means do you have to run continuously. Our program is about finishing and proving to ourselves that we can accomplish that goal. Many of our “runners” use a run-walk interval method. And yes, people do walk half and full marathons.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. What if I want to find out more? Send us an e-mail at info@usafitbcs.com.