Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about USA Fit Shreveport:

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 USA Fit Shreveport?
    We will take on-line registrations for several months after the program start. We will also accept in-person registrations before our Saturday group run through that date as well.  For late registrants, we will evaluate your current running condition and may ask you to consider joining the shorter distance program if we feel there is not enough time for you to successfully complete a marathon. Keep in mind that if this is your first time to attempt the half marathon or marathon distance, you will benefit from the extra training time.
  2. I’m not a member. Do you allow drop-ins?
    USA Fit Shreveport 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, medical advice, coaching, and training runs/walks.
  3. What is USA Fit Shreveport?
    USA Fit Shreveport is an award-winning 23-week running program. This same program, currently being held in over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally, is winning rave reviews and growing every year.
  4. Who should join?
    USA Fit Shreveport 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. Whether you have only dreamed of completing a marathon or have done several, this program can accommodate you.
  5. When is the USA Fit Shreveport season?
    The official USA Fit Shreveport season is the six months prior to our goal marathon/half marathon for that particular year. Towards the end of a training season, our coaches will usually decide on our next goal race, and this information is posted on our website not long after the season ends.
  6. Where is the training?
    Every Saturday, during our training season, we meet at 6:30 AM at Betty Virginia Park, Shreveport.  We meet at the parking lot off Ockley and Line for a pre-run briefing then head out of the park for our weekly coach-led group run.
  7. Can walkers participate?
    Yes. We have a Run/Walk training program designed principally for Half Marathon participants and a Walking program also for the Half Marathon. Please refer to our training programs page for more details.
  8. Are you affiliated with a charity?
    USA Fit Shreveport 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 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 about 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 Shreveport consists of:  Marathon groups; Double Half marathon groups;  Half marathon groups. You will be placed in the group that best suits your training pace. For example, if you train at a 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 two weekend runs are 2-3 mile pace finder runs or walks. Your time for pace run/walk 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 these distances. 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 two or three mile time trial slower when I can go faster?
    Simply because you are training for a marathon or half marathon, not a two- or three-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 informational seminars?
    On any given weekend we’ll hold short educational seminar. Topics will all be health and fitness-related and will be led by your coaches and others knowledgeable about the subject matter.  These seminars may also be held at a different location if the topic warrants.
  14. What happens on any given Saturday?
    We run or walk with our groups. We start at 6:30 a.m. every Saturday with instructions and announcements.  Some weeks we’ll have a brief seminar then you’ll meet with your 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 route for your color group in the e-newsletter.  The mileage is available on the website.
  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?
    You can receive a 15% discount on non-sale shoes at Sportspectrum.
  17. How can I sign up?
    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 Shreveport’s 23-week training program costs only $125 for new members and $90 for returning USA FIT members.
  19. What is included for the sign-up fee?
    • Ability-based group work-outs and coaching
    • Regular informational seminars
    • Weekly training schedules
    • USA Fit Shreveport T-shirt
    • Discount at sports apparel store
    • Social activities and more!
  20. When are the in-person sign-up sessions?
    In-person registration for USA Fit Shreveport’s takes place at Betty Virginia Park in Shreveport.  Email info@usafitshreveport.com with any questions.
  21. What happens at the sign-up session? The sign-up sessions include sign-ups, an orientation seminar, and a short timed run or walk which helped place registrants in the correct ability-based group. Everyone is strongly encouraged to come to both of the orientation/sign-up sessions (weeks 1 and 2), as the seminars cover different information.
  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 USA Fit Shreveport; the second seminar will be a discussion on running safety and a question & answer session about the program with group coaches.
  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 USA Fit Shreveport include entry into the marathon?
    No, your payment to USA Fit Shreveport only covers the cost of your participation in the training program. We are not affiliated with the target races. We will provide information about how to sign up for the marathon and half marathon through emails and newsletters.
  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.  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!  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. What if I travel during my training? Can I attend USA FIT programs in other cities?
    Absolutely. USA FIT has programs in over 40 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 info@usafitshreveport.com. Thanks!