runner on a treadmill training with Zwift virtual program

Run With Zwift: Virtual Cycling Platform Expands to Runners

Calling all runners: There’s a new sheriff in town. And in its second year as a running platform, Zwift has a few new tricks up its sleeve.

Virtual cycling platform Zwift has opened its Zwift Academy for the second year in a row. And it’s got a new training program — for runners.

Zwift Academy is Zwift’s biggest inclusive training program. “Zwift Academy allows athletes of all levels to track progress and work with professional coaches and thousands of runners across the globe,” the brand explained.

And now, its swath of athletes in training will not only include cyclists but runners too.

This year, the program returns with new features as well as workouts designed specifically for those athletes on foot. Training for your first 10K? Training for a marathon, or ultra? Zwift has plenty of workout options for you.

Zwift Goes Running: Program Details

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You’ll start the program with a 5K run time. This is your Baseline Run.

Then, you’ll go through the Run Academy, with eight structured workouts — from footwork to endurance to speed training — to help you train. Workouts and coaching this year will be provided by Olympic coach Terrence Mahon and three-time Olympian Jen Rhines.

Zwift Academy Run will also provide things like nutrition advice, mindset training, and insights into your workout performance and training progress. Participating runners will access all this through Zwift’s app.

Then, you’ll wrap up with another 5K “Finish Line” run, a requirement for graduation.

Zwift Academy Run officially starts on Oct. 4. Join or learn more now. 

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Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has been writing professionally for more than six years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.