LA LEGGERS

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Registration is now open for our 2019-20 training season for both new and returning members.  New members can click here to join while returning members with an existing login can renew here.  Questions should be directed to memberships@laleggers.org  Important save the dates:

  • Sat 7/20/19 and Sat 7/27/19 - New Member Orientation dates.  Doors open at 7am and program begins at 7:30am.
  • Sat 8/3/19 - Opening day!  Speaker program begins at 6:45am.  Run begins at 7:30am.

In the meantime, you are welcome to join us for our informal, off-season runs.  Many LEGGERS still meet informally every Saturday at 1450 Ocean in Santa Monica at about ~7am.  You are welcome to show up and run with us!  Directions>> We have pace groups for pretty much every level of runner and walker - from 18 min/mile walkers all the way through Boston Bound runners who do sub-4 marathons.

Our membership price is $75 dollars to join for the entire season, which gets you a cool LEGGERS shirt, training schedule, training talks, mentors, supported training runs, premium LA Marathon support and hundreds of people who will become your new best friends and life cheerleaders.  Come join our running community and add a whole new dimension to your life.

FAQs

How often do you meet to run/walk?

We meet once a week on Saturdays for organized training runs/walks.  As you get to know people in the group, you'll discover lots of opportunities to meet up casually with other runners in your neighborhood or other runs with partner organizations.

Where do you meet?

At 1450 Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica, cross street Broadway.  When you arrive, you'll see hundreds of people in running gear out on the grass just outside of the building.  Find your group by looking for the pace signs in the grass.

What time do I have to be there?

Runs/walks under 10 miles start at 7:30; runs 10 and over start at 6:45; walks 10 and over start at 6:15.  You should always plan to be there about 10-15 minutes early to hear announcements from the mentors.

Our training talks start at 6:45 on the under 10 mile days.  Our training talks are a key component to educating new runners on distance running.  You'll learn everything you need to know to successfully complete a marathon including what gear and clothing you need, nutrition, cross-training, injury-prevention and more.

Where do you run?

We have many different routes that we run, mostly covering the area between Marina del Rey and North Santa Monica.  You'll love running by the beach with us.

What is the training plan like?

Looking at the Saturday training schedules, we start out at 2 miles and work our way up to 20 miles gradually with the grand finale being 26.2 miles at the LA Marathon for those who choose to do the race.  We provide a training schedule for mid-week runs on your own.  To build up your endurance, we recommend 2 mid-week runs and 2 cross-training days.  Our training schedule and program info will guide you towards the right times and activities.

Do I have to do the LA marathon as part of the program?

Nope, you don't have to do the LA marathon, or any other race for that matter.  Fair warning though, once you start, it is highly likely that you will get caught up in the momentum of the group and you'll actually *want* to do the marathon :)  Many of our members choose to only do half marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, or simply run with us for fun and fitness.

Our program though does center around training for the LA Marathon and supporting those runners, so many of our members end up doing the race.

I'm afraid I won't be able to keep up with the group and get left behind.

That is highly unlikely as long as you choose the right pace group for you.  We have something for everyone - we have running and walking groups for all levels.  If you have no idea what group you should run with, that's okay.  We recommend you start conservatively and when you arrive, look for one of our mentors wearing a bright yellow shirt and they should be able to help guide you towards a good group to start with.  If you find that it is too easy, you can change groups easily no problem.

What should I wear?

Running shoes.  Yoga pants.  Running/sports shorts.  Tanks/tees.  Hat.  Whatever you're most comfortable running in.  We recommend that you choose technical/synthetic fabrics over cotton.  Cotton does not dry as efficiently and can cause chafing during long runs.

What should I bring?  Is there anywhere I can leave my stuff?

You definitely need to bring water to every run.  Most of our runners like to wear some kind of hydration belt/pack or have a hand-held water bottle with them.  If you don't have that to start, just a normal water bottle will be fine, but as we get up to higher and higher mileage, you want something that is not going to be annoying to carry.  You can check out all the different water options your fellow runners use when you come.

You can leave items at our 1450 Ocean building only until ~9:20am each week because we close up shop at 9:30 sharp.  This means for long runs that go past that time later in the season, leaving things here will not be an option.  Also note that the location is not secure, there are no lockers, etc. so you will not want to leave any valuables.

What if I miss a run or can't make it for some of the scheduled Saturdays?

That is okay.  Our training plan is long enough where missing a week or two will not hurt your overall training.  You should also consider doing a makeup run on your own or with friends for the weeks you miss.

How much does it cost?

$75 for the entire season.  Best fitness deal in LA by far.  

How do I sign up?

Registration is now open for our 2019-20 training season for both new and returning members.  New members can click here to join while returning members with an existing login can renew here.  Please email memberships@laleggers.org with any questions or issues.

I still have more questions.

No problem.  Just email memberships@laleggers.org and we're happy to help.  You can also find us on Facebook and send us a message there.  Hope to see you at a future run!