Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about USA FIT Rio:

Questions about the program:

Questions about signing up:

Questions about the training:

Other questions:

  1. It is past the registration date. Can I still join USA FIT Rio?
    We will take registrations up to 3 weeks after our season begins. Once we are past the registration date, it will be a case-by-case situation. Talk to your organizers.
  2. I’m not a member. Do you allow drop-ins?
    USA FIT Rio does not have a drop-in program, unless you are a visiting member of another USA FIT program. Our all-inclusive membership covers our seminars, coaching, and training runs/walks.
  3. What is USA FIT Rio?
    USA FIT Rio is an award-winning running and walking program. This same program, currently being held in over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally, is winning rave reviews and growing every year.
  4. Who should join?
    USA FIT Rio 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. Whether you have only dreamed of completing a marathon or have done several, this program can accommodate you.
  5. When is the USA FIT Rio season?
    The official USA FIT Rio season usually runs from May until September. This is when we hold our seminars and provide training schedules for our members.
  6. Where is the training?
    We are meet at alternate locations in the Rio Rancho area and Alameda Open Space. Please check our Facebook page or sign up for our newsletter for the most up-to-date info.
  7. Can walkers participate?
    Walkers are welcome!
  8. Are you affiliated with a charity?
    USA FIT Rio 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 about 24 years ago with about 50 runners, two guys, and an idea that runners needed some guidance and training to achieve their marathon goals.
  10. What is an ability-based color group?
    USA FIT Rio consists of four pace groups: Blue, Green, Yellow and Red. You will be placed in the group that best suits your training pace. For example, if you train at a 10-11 minute per mile pace, you will be a member of the Yellow group. This system works because it allows you to train with those who are at your ability level.
  11. What color group will I be in?
    Our first two weekend runs are pace finder walks or runs. Your time for pace run/walk will place you in a color group. You should walk or run at a pace at which you feel you could keep going for a little bit beyond that particular distance. If you couldn’t keep walking or running after completing our initial pace finder, then you are going too fast.
  12. Why should I walk or run my one or two mile time trial slower when I can go faster?
    Simply because you are training for a marathon, not a one- or three-mile race. Walking or running too fast will seriously compromise your training season. If you find your correct training pace from the beginning, you will complete the marathon in less time, you will experience fewer injuries, and you will have a lot more fun.
  13. What are the weekly seminars?
    Each weekend, before the group run, we’ll hold a 10-15 minute educational seminar. Topics will all be health- and fitness-related and will be led by your coaches or industry professionals. After each seminar, you will break off into your distance groups for brief questions and begin your distance run.
  14. What happens on any given Saturday?
    We run or walk with our groups after each seminar. The seminar will start at 8:30 every Saturday (time will change.) After the seminar, we usually meet with our distance groups for a few minutes to talk with the coaches, ask questions, make plans for the next week, etc.
  15. Who created our schedule?
    Our schedule comes from the great folks at Houston FIT. For over 24 years, 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 we get discounts on shoes?
    Bosque Running Shop gives us a 15
    % discount to USA Fit RIO members.
  17. How can I sign up?
     Registration is open now. You can sign up online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page, or in person at one of our sign up sessions.
  18. How much does it cost?
    USA FIT Rio’s Spring training program costs only $85 for new members and $75 for returning USA FIT members.
  19. What is included for the sign-up fee?
    • Ability-based group work-outs and coaching
    • Training log
    • Weekly seminars
    • Weekly training schedules
    • USA Fit RIO T-shirt
    • Discounts at sports apparel stores
    • Social activities and more!
  20. When are the in-person sign-up sessions?
    In-person registration for USA Fit RIO’s 2015 spring season will take place at Alameda Open Space. Sign-ups are at 8:30 am.
  21. What happens at the sign-up session? The sign-up sessions include sign-ups, an orientation seminar, and a short run or walk.
  22. Can I pay with a credit card?
    Yes. Register online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page to pay with a credit card. We cannot accept credit cards at our in-person sign-ups, so please sign up online with your credit card or bring cash or check to the in person sign-ups.
  23. Do I have to attend both orientation sessions? 
    There will only be one official orientation sessions this season, but you can sign up in person at any of the following Saturday meeting if you are not able to attend week 1.
  24. 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, but we know not everyone can make it to week 1. The week 2 seminar will be a quick overview of week 1, but we also have coaches/assistant coaches ready to answer any question you have from the previous week.
  25. Does entry into USA FIT Rio include entry into the goal race?
    No, your payment to USA FIT RIO only covers the cost of your participation in the training program. We are not affiliated with local races in any way, we just train for them! We will provide information about how to sign up for our goal race.
  26. 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 four days a week. Your long run or walk will usually take place on Saturday with your group. The day after your long run/walk is always a rest day. During the week, you run or walk for time only (i.e., 30 minutes), not for distance.
  27. What does 20 on the weekly schedule (during the week) mean? Are we running 20 miles?
    During the week, we run 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 for guidance on running these miles each week.
  28. Do I have to be there every week?
    While those long runs are a lot easier when you’re doing them with the group, we know there are times when you won’t be able to make a weekend meeting. The seminars are important, so be sure to speak with your coach or running buddies about what you missed. In our experience, the success of our members is directly proportional to their ability to attend our weekend trainings. If you do have to miss a week, check this website, your newsletter or Facebook for the next week’s schedule.
  29. Can we participate in races during training?
    Sure! In fact, the entire group will be participating in at least one local race this season. You certainly don’t have to be competitive about it, but it’s fun to run or walk in a different place, get a race number, and cross the finish line.
  30. What if I travel during my training? Can I attend USA FIT programs in other cities?
    Absolutely. USA FIT has programs in over 50 cities around the world, and you are welcome to attend any USA FIT meeting anywhere.
  31. Could I win the race?
    Of course you could. However, most likely you’ll get a nice T-shirt, a finisher’s medal, bragging rites, and a lot of cheers from spectators and coaches.
  32. What if I want to find out more?
    Send us an e-mail at or call 505-220-0764 and leave us a message. Thanks!