Welcome to the Gobbler Grind Marathon and Half Marathon Training Programs! This is where America’s most spirited runners come together to conquer the course, celebrate community, and make memories that last a lifetime. As you lace up your running shoes and prepare to tackle the Gobbler Grind, we understand that the journey to race day is just as important as the finish line itself. That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce a special feature to help you in your quest for a successful Gobbler Grind experience.

 Meet Eladio Valdez, a seasoned runner, and the proud owner of Runners Edge KC, a local fitness training program service with a deep-rooted passion for helping runners of all levels achieve their goals. Eladio’s dedication to the running community and his extensive experience in the field have led him to craft an exclusive training plan tailored specifically for the Gobbler Grind. With this comprehensive guide, you’ll embark on a transformative journey that will prepare you physically and mentally for the challenges and triumphs that await you on race day.

In this section, we’ll dive into the details of the Gobbler Grind training plan, designed to empower you with the knowledge, strategies, and motivation you need to excel in this iconic marathon event. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete seeking to set a new personal best or a first-time marathoner looking to cross that finish line with a sense of accomplishment, this training plan will provide the structure and guidance necessary to help you succeed.

So, join us on this adventure, as we explore Runner’s Edge KC expertly crafted training regimen, designed to elevate your Gobbler Grind experience to new heights. It’s time to step up your training, conquer your goals, and prepare for the unforgettable journey that awaits you at the Gobbler Grind. Let’s get started! 

Click the button below to download a complimentary Half Marathon or Marathon training program complete free to you! 


Proper training can go a long way in reaching your running goals. 

To assist you, we turn to our local running guru, Coach Eladio Valdez III from The Runner’s Edge, whom has over four decades of running experience. 

Whether you are a rookie or a seasoned veteran, we have a schedule that will help you cross the finish line!

An easier and more enjoyable way to train is with others. If you would like to learn more, Coach Valdez invites you to enjoy a complimentary group run anytime.  With pace groups that range from 7 to 14 minutes a mile, all levels are welcome.

The 2023 Local Training Program runs from September 23, 2023 to November 19, 2023. Participants can sign up for $75 total and the Program Membership for the season includes a 25% discount on the Gobbler Grind registration costs and 20% off in store discounts at Fleet Feet Overland Park when you meet on Saturday morning group runs. Sign up below! 

Welcome to The Runner’s Edge Training Program, Kansas City’s Largest Running Group!

Are you ready to take your running journey to the next level? Look no further! Since its inception in 1997, The Runner’s Edge Training Program has grown into a highly effective and positive training community, providing an unparalleled experience for runners of all levels. Led by the experienced Coach Eladio Valdez, our program is designed to empower beginners and veterans alike, helping you achieve your fitness goals while having a blast and forging lifelong friendships along the way.

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should join The Runner’s Edge:

  1. Embrace the Power of Group Running: Discover the joy of running with others as we create an inclusive environment where all abilities are welcome. Motivate and be motivated by fellow runners and walkers, making every run an enjoyable experience.

  2. Scenic Courses and Aid Stations: Explore a variety of marked, picturesque courses with aid stations conveniently placed every 2 miles. Enjoy the beauty of Kansas City while you run!

  3. High Reward/Low Risk Training System: Our innovative approach corrects common running mistakes, minimizing injury risks, and unlocking your true potential on the track and in races.

  4. Comprehensive Education: Receive a 300-page training handbook, weekly training tips, and access to clinics that cover various aspects of running, nutrition, injury prevention, and more.

  5. Fantastic Discounts: As a member, you’ll enjoy a 20% discount at Fleet Feet stores.

  6. Sport Your Pride: Proudly don the high-quality Runner’s Edge running shirt, displaying your dedication to the program and the running community.

  7. Tailored Flexibility: Customize your training to meet your specific needs. Choose your desired race, training distance, and pace from our diverse training schedules, catering to runners of all levels.

  8. Three Main Sessions Year-Round: Our program runs throughout the year, allowing you to join at your convenience. Get in shape during the spring, peak during the summer/fall, or maintain your fitness through the holidays.

  9. Adventure Awaits: With numerous scenic trails and neighborhoods to explore, every Saturday brings a fresh and exciting route, making each run a new adventure.

  10. Speed and Strength Training: For those seeking to enhance their performance, we offer innovative Tuesday speed sessions and Wednesday mobility & strength classes, designed to boost your speed while reducing the risk of injuries.

Fast Fact: In its remarkable 20th year, The Runner’s Edge boasts an impressive average of 200+ participants, solidifying its position as one of the largest, longest-running, and most successful training programs in the country!

The Basics:

  • Saturday Group Long Runs: Join us at various health-related businesses and scenic routes across the city for group long runs, featuring multiple mileage and loop options to run more with your group.
  • Diverse Pace Groups: Choose from 12 pace groups ranging from 7:00/mile to 12:00/mile, including Run/Walk and Walker groups, each led by experienced pace group leaders.
  • Race Variety: While many participants train for half marathons and marathons, we also offer programs for 5K/10K and ultra marathon events, ensuring there’s something for everyone.
  • Personalized Training Schedules: Benefit from highly flexible and practical training schedules, accommodating low, mid, and high mileage levels with optional cross-training opportunities.

Unlock your running potential and embark on an unforgettable fitness journey with The Runner’s Edge Training Program. Our training handbook is packed with practical tips on nutrition, stretching, injury prevention, and more, providing you with the knowledge and tools you need to thrive.

Join us today and experience the magic of running with Kansas City’s finest! Together, we’ll achieve greatness, make lifelong memories, and exceed our wildest running dreams.


  • Group training workouts on Saturday mornings.

  • Variety of safe and scenic routes throughout the city.

  • Marked Courses with turn by turn directions.

  • Aid Stations with water, Gatorade, and other goodies.

  • Pace Groups for all levels. 

  • Daily training schedules provided. 

  • Informative and detailed weekly group email communication.

  • Free Running Singlet and race discounts.

  • Opportunity to meet fellow runners working toward the same goal!

  • A 20% discount at select local running stores.