Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Fort Bend Fit…

Questions about the program…

Questions about signing up…

Questions about the training…

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  1. Can I still join Fort Bend Fit?
    Registration will open in late May and continue through August 31, 2017, once we are past this date we cannot take any new members training for the full marathon.  We will allow registrations for the Half and 5K/10K programs.
  2. I’m not a member. Do you allow drop-ins?
    After the program officially starts in June, Fort Bend Fit does not have a drop-in program. Our all-inclusive membership covers our seminars, coaching, and training runs. Visiting members from other USA Fit programs are always welcome!
  3. What is Fort Bend Fit?
    Fort Bend Fit is an award-winning 6 month walking/running program. This same program, currently being held in over 50 cities throughout the country with expansions targeted internationally as well, wins rave reviews and grows every year. Fort Bend Fit will begin it’s next season on Saturday, July 8, 2017.  Early registration and Meet the Coaches on June 22, 2017, 6-7:30 pm at Finish Line Sports.  Click the Registration link on the home page for more information.
  4. Who should join?
    Fort Bend Fit 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 – running or walking. Whether you have only dreamed of completing a 5K, 10K, half or full marathon or have done several, this program has something to offer you!
  5. When is the Fort Bend Fit season?
    The official Fort Bend Fit season is the six months prior to the Chevron Houston Marathon Event, and the USA Fit – Marathon Event. This usually runs from June until the end of January. This is when we hold our seminars and provide training schedules for our members.
  6. Where is the training?
    We meet in the parking lot at 4811 Hwy 6 South, Missouri City, TX 77459 (at the corner of Dulles and Hwy 6), in front of Star Cinema Grill.  There are a few occasions (registration and a few field trips) where an alternative meeting site may be announced.
  7. Can walkers participate?
    YES! You bet! We have a wonderful walking program that includes training for 5Ks/10Ks, and the Half and Full Marathon.
  8. Are you affiliated with a charity?
    Fort Bend Fit 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 in 1989 with about 50 runners, 2 guys and an idea that runners needed some guidance and training to achieve their marathon goals.
  10. What is a pace or color group?
    Fort Bend Fit consists of 8 groups set by pace and/or training goal. Blue, Green, Yellow, Red, Orange, Purple, Half Marathon, and 5K/10K. You will be placed in a group that best suits your training pace. This system works because it allows you to train alongside those who are of similar pace.
  11. What color group will I be in?
    Our first two weekend walk/runs are pace finder runs. Your run/walk time will place you in a color group. You should run/walk at a pace where you feel you could keep going for a little bit beyond the mileage we have set and be able to talk. If you couldn’t keep running/walking after completing our initial 2 miles then you are going too fast.
  12. Why should I run/walk my pace finder slower when I can go faster?
    Simply because you are training for distance, not a short pace run. It may sound like a funny statement to make, but it is so true. Running/walking too fast will seriously compromise your training season. If you find your correct training pace from the beginning you will complete your goal races in less time, you will experience fewer injuries, and you will have a lot more fun.
  13. What are the weekly seminars?
    Most weekends, after the group run, we’ll do announcements then hold a 15-20 minute seminar. Topics will be health and fitness related, and will be led by knowledgeable speakers.
  14. What happens on any given Saturday?
    We meet at the specified time which will be available on-line. Please arrive ten minutes early to check in. We will run/walk the prescribed mileage for that week and return for light stretching. Next will be a 15-20 min seminar with a different topic/speaker each week. These too will be listed on our schedule. We then break into our color groups and get a few updates from our color group coach.
  15. Who created our schedule?
    Our schedule comes from the great folks at USA Fit. Since 1989, 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 FBF members get discounts on shoes/clothing?
    Yes, you do! Visit Finish Line Sports – Our number 1 sponsor – for a 20% discount given to Fort Bend Fit members all day, every day. Finish Line Sports is located in the Sugar Creek center at 13895 Southwest Freeway, 281-242-7700.
  17. You must be kidding. All this for $140?
    No, we’re not kidding. Isn’t it great? Now why don’t you do your good deed for the day and tell somebody about Fort Bend Fit?
  18. How can I sign up?
    You can sign up by clicking the “Register Now” button at the top of the page. The 2016 program is filling up so ensure your spot.
  19. How much does it cost?
    Fort Bend Fit’s 6 month training program costs only $140 for new members.
  20. What is included for the sign-up fee?
    • Ability-based group work-outs and coaching
    • Weekly seminars
    • Group run/walk with course support, hydration stations, and coaches running with the group
    • Weekly training schedules
    • Fort Bend Fit Tee Shirt mid-way thru training, after you have earned it!
    • Discounts at local retailers
    • Social activities and more!
  21. When are the in-person sign-up sessions?
    You can register in person on the orientation days, June 22nd, July 1st and July 8th.
  22. Where are the in-person sign-up sessions?
    We will have in-person registration and orientation on June 22nd 6-7:30pm (Meet, Greet and Eat), at Finish Line Sports, 13895 S. W. Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478 – at Sugar Creek. July 1st 7:00 am at Finish Line Sports; July 8th, registration will be at our standard meeting place in front of Star Cinema at the corner of Hwy 6 and Dulles.  Check the website for Saturday morning start times.
  23.  What happens at the sign-up session?
    The sign-up sessions include registration, an orientation, the opportunity to purchase your tech training singlet/shirt, and the opportunity to meet the Coaches. Everyone is strongly encouraged to come to both of the orientation/sign-up sessions.
  24. Can I pay with a credit card?
    If you wish to pay by credit card, please register online. Otherwise please bring a check or cash to the registration dates.
  25. Do I have to attend both orientation sessions?
    If possible, we’d like you to attend the New Member night, TBD, 6-7:30 pm at TBD.  There will also be a second night for new members in July.  New members will walk or run their first 2 miles on July 8th.  The mileage will go up to 3 miles on July 15th.
  26. 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 ready to answer any question you have from the previous week (and any seminars that you miss during the season).
  27. Does entry into Fort Bend Fit include entry into the marathon?
    No, your payment to Fort Bend Fit only covers the cost of your participation in the training program.
  28. 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 4 days a week. Your long run will usually take place on Saturday with your group. The day after your long run is always a rest day. During the week, you run for time only (e. g. 30 minutes), not for distance.
  29. What does 20 on the weekly schedule (during the week) mean? Are we running or walking 20 miles?
    During the week, we run or walk 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 4 miles. Listen to your coaches on how to run / walk these miles each week.
  30. Do I have to be there every week?
    No, many members are unable to make every weekend session. The weekend seminars are important, but you can always ask your coach or running buddies about what you missed. However, those long runs are a lot easier when you’re doing them with the group! And in our experience, the success of our members is directly proportional to their ability to attend our weekend training runs and seminars. When you do have to miss a week, check our website for the next week’s schedule. REMEMBER AS WITH ANY PROGRAM – YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN. Your participation is vital to your success.
  31. Can we participate in races during training?
    Sure! We encourage you to participate in races during training. In fact, every year we have races as part of our training schedule. These races are meant as intermediate goals along the way, they are a great way to practice the race-day strategies that we will teach you, and they are a lot of fun.
  32. What if I travel during my training? Can I attend other USAFit city programs?
    Absolutely. USAFit Fit has programs in over 50 cities around the country, and you are welcome to attend any USA Fit meeting anywhere.
  33. 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. And, that my friend IS winning!
  34. What if I want to find out more?
    Send us an e-mail at info@fortbendfit.org.