5 Things you must do for your First Danville Half Marathon


Well, the Danville Marathon isn’t too far away. With the race taking place every year in the month of May those looking to get fit and win it this year it’s about time you get off the couch and get running.

This marathon is about 10k long and though shorter than most half marathons still requires plenty of effort and skills to overcome the inclines and declines throughout the course. So here are few tips to help you get started.

A strong base is a must

No, a 5-week training guide won’t get you across the finish line. To compete in any half marathon you’ll need to train well for at least 10-15 weeks considering you already have a good running base of about 4-5 miles. I’d recommend getting a rowing machine, if you’re not sure then read the review of C2 rowers.

Not having a strong base will require you to put in the extra effort and time raising the risk of an injury resulting from over-training.

Quality of your runs matter

Running 10s and 100s of miles isn’t the solution to your training here. It only leaves you injury prone and exhausted. HIIT runs or Tempo runs are the runs you should do 3-4 days in a week to build both strength and speed.

On other days focus on short 4-5 mile runs done at a slower speed. These runs are important to maintain pace and yet provide the body enough time to recover from the hard tempo runs. Learn more about tempo runs below.


Take rest seriously

I know the most emphasis is always on the training and rest simply seems like putting on the brakes unnecessarily but trust my rest is a brake that’s necessary. To get back up and running your body needs to heal which only happens when you rest.

Any feeling of exhaustion, lack of strength or willpower is a result of lack of rest. Over-training can result in a long layoff so take rest seriously.

Join a group

Now you can either hire a coach who is training a group or you can find a couple of friends with similar goals to help you train better. Training in a group can often help you take it up a notch as you feel less tired and more motivated.

You’re more likely to be up and ready for the morning runs when you have bunch guys waiting for you plus you’re more likely to never have a dull moment when in a group.


Know the track well

Irrespective of whether it’s the Danville Half marathon or any other the basic of research work you need to do is mostly about the course.  Find out where the course gets tough, places where the water stands are located etc.

Most details are available on the marathons official site. So make sure you check it out few days prior to the race. Half the race is won with the right planning.

Everything you need to know about the Danville Half Marathon


Danville, often referred to as the suburb of San Francisco is a place perfectly situated amongst the beautiful mountains of Northern California and this is a runner’s delight. It’s one the richest suburbs in the country and is home to someone famous destinations such as Mount Diablo in the east to Las Trampas Hills in the west.

The Danville half marathon is 10k run and in my opinion one of the best ways to enjoy the scenic beauty. This year the marathon took place in the month of May and had thousands of racers from across the country.

The Course

The race begins near the Saints Church and the route then follows the Iron Horse Regional Trail. It’s an 18-20 feet wide trail and covers around 10-11 towns in the area. One of these places is an old abandoned railway line which is then followed by a slightly smoother, the paved road usually used by joggers, bikers and morning runners.

While you’ll come across few other neighborhoods too most of the race takes place along the Iron Horse trail which becomes slightly steep near to the turnaround part of the course, very close to the Danville Boulevard.


Once you turnaround you follow the same path back to the finish line. Keep in mind that the initial stages of the race have a slight decline and a slight incline midway through the race so prep for both when training.

Pit stops or refreshment stands are provided every 2-3 miles and you can grab onto either water or a sports drink and some snacks. Also, trail guides will be available to guide you on the right path.

Weather Conditions

The race generally takes place in the month of May. During this month Danville experiences a pleasant temperature though it does get a little dry. The cool temperature makes the race more enjoyable and also lowers need for breaks thus helping you focus better on the race. Expect temperatures to be around 60-70F.

Other Details

You’ll find spectators throughout most of the race. The winners will be awarded not only the elusive winner’s medal but also a t-shirt. Even the losers have something to look forward to. Each participant will be provided with fruits and muffins to munch on across the finish line.


The race usually begins around 8 am. For more details do not forget to check out the races official website www.danvillemarathon.com. Let us know what your preparation plans are for next year’s Danville Half Marathon and how you enjoyed this year’s race in the comments section below.