Your commitment to train and participate in this event will be that much easier if you have a partner. Do you have one walker or runner in your life? Do you have one person who would love the opportunity to embrace fitness and give back?

Ask friends to join you in this challenge via social media, email or even by picking up the phone and asking.  Time is on your side as very few people are already booked for September and there is plenty of time to train!

Below is an excerpt from "The Runner's World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training".   It’s marathon specific but distance is relative to experience so read it and relate “marathon” to the distance you are taking on.  Also use it as a recruitment tool for those who say “I’m not a walker or runner” by reminding them Oprah ran a marathon.  Lastly, you know why you are doing this….  to make a difference in the lives of those supported by Steps Together.


"Anyone can run a marathon.  Oprah Winfrey did it.  Senators, presidents, and movie stars do it all the time. The hit reality show The Biggest Loser even culminated in a marathon for the contestants who have lost the most weight - as if to make the point that anyone, even the morbidly obese, can become an athlete with enough grit and determination.

It's been said that the marathon has become the "everyman's Everest."  There is a mystique about it, but even non-runners know what a marathon is. They may not know the exact distance, but everyone knows it's a mighty long way and requires months of preparation.

Indeed, the training is an all-guts-for-little-glory proposition. It involves achy knees, gallons of sweat, chafed skin, and blisters the size of silver dollars.  It requires waking at the crack of dawn to train in weather conditions that most people won't drive in, as well as running solo for hours at a time.  It means fending off accusations that you're crazy - not to mention tackling self-doubt and repeatedly asking yourself why you are doing this at all."