Training Program

HHM Training Logo (1)**Information on the 2019 Training Program will be available shortly. In the meantime, please review the below information from 2018 to get an idea of the program. **

Rise Physical Therapy and Sequoyah Coaching
join The Spark Foundation for the
Hero Half Marathon Training Program

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Fayetteville Firefighters’ Hero Half Marathon Training Program in partnership with Rise Physical Therapy and Sequoyah Performance Run Coaching. This 15-week training program is designed for beginner to intermediate runners. Never run a half marathon but ready to start? Has it been a while and you need a proper refresh? Completed a half last year but weren’t quite satisfied with your finish time? Perfect! This accountability and coaching program may be what you’re looking for, and we’d love to have you join us!

Starting June 30, the training program will meet every Saturday morning at 7:00 am at Columbus House Brewery, positioned just off the Hero Half Marathon course in downtown Fayetteville. Jason Corral and Derek Lee will be your head coaches with members of The Spark Foundation, the Hero Half Race Committee, and Columbus House Brewery Running Club rounding out your support network. Each training session includes a group run, coaching, guest speaker, and access to Rise PT staff.

Registrants will receive:

– Entry in the 2018 Fayetteville Firefighters’ Hero Half Marathon (includes Long Sleeve Tech Tee!)
– Half Marathon training curriculum
– Printed Hero Half Marathon Training Program calendar with exact training dates and mileage
– Personalized in-person coaching
– Weekly access to Rise Physical Therapy staff for all questions/concerns about proper form and injury prevention
– A FREE in-clinic assessment at Rise Physical Therapy
– FREE entry in two (2) community races within the 15-week training period. The 2018 partner races are the St. Jude Fayetteville 10K on August 25 and the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival 10K on September 22.
– Hero Half Marathon Training Program running tank
– Hero Half Marathon Training Program water bottle

Registration Fee: $200.00
Registration is closed for the 2018 Training Program.
To get on a list to be the first to know about next year’s training program, please email us.

You must be able to run a total of at least four (4) miles over a period of two consecutive days by June 2018. Having this base level will allow us all to work together to build up our distance and move forward with our goals.

To learn more about Rise Physical Therapy, visit

To learn more about Sequoyah Coaching, visit

This year’s group will be capped at just 30 participants. If you are interested in participating, we highly encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. Questions? Email

Meet your coaches:

Photo by Dr. Chris Barnes courtesy of McNellies Pub Run

Photo by Dr. Chris Barnes courtesy of McNellies Pub Run

Jason Corral

Jason has been running for most of his life and racing seriously for 13 years. He’s run the gamut from the 800 meter to marathons to an Ironman triathlon, and his results range from 1st Place to literally crawling to the finish. He’s been coaching runners for 5 years now, mostly in the beginner to intermediate range. When Jason’s not running, you can find him coaching women’s lacrosse at the U of A, traveling the country for live music with his fiancé, Carey, trying to wear out his crazy dog, Hubble, or brewing beer at Columbus House!





Photo by Derek's wife at the 2017 Hero Half Marathon

Photo by Derek’s wife at the 2017 Hero Half Marathon

Derek Lee

Derek has been running since his track and cross country days at Woodland Jr. High School and Fayetteville High School, and he hasn’t looked back since. He has continued to be an avid runner through college, grad school, and onward. He has worked for the past 7 years as a physical therapist and co-owns Rise Physical Therapy where they have helped runners of all experience levels return to running pain-free after injury. Derek was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2016 and had to take a year off of running for chemotherapy treatments. During chemo, his goal was to be able to run a half marathon again. The 2017 Hero Half Marathon was his first race after cancer, and he has since run 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon as well.  If he is not running or working, he is enjoying time with his wife and 3-year-old son or out on a river fly fishing.  Does fly fishing count as cross training?


Meet your support team:

Carey competing in Fayetteville Parks & Recreation's Ladies DU (Photo courtesy of FPR)

Carey competing in Fayetteville Parks & Recreation’s Ladies DU (Photo courtesy of FPR)

Carey Ashworth

Carey has been running half marathons for almost 5 years. While she doesn’t consider herself an expert she is more than willing to talk about why running is a great lifetime activity for all paces and abilities. When she isn’t running half marathons she likes to mix it up on the bike, a hobby she recently picked up. Yay for cross training!







Photo by Stephen Ironside at the 2017 Cow Paddy Run

Photo by Stephen Ironside at the 2017 Cow Paddy Run

Melissa Caffrey

Melissa Caffrey is very new to running. She’d been avoiding it for years after several foot/ankle injuries but decided it was time to give it a go when she took on the role of Executive Director for The Spark Foundation in 2017. You can find her experimenting with the run-walk-run method and slowly building up her miles along the trail or figuratively running around like crazy as Race Director for the Hero Half Marathon, Cow Paddy Run, and Nutty Runner 5K. Melissa is also a not-so-secret knitter, lover of all pastries ever, and total convert to the Bullet Journal.





Tyler climbing in Colorado

Tyler climbing in Colorado

Tyler Green

Tyler was born and raised in Arkansas. He has been a Physical Therapist for 9 years and co-founded Rise Physical Therapy in 2016. At Rise, he specializes in helping people remain active and reach their physical goals. There is no better feeling than helping guide someone to return to their passion for running, climbing, hiking, or whatever it is that makes them love life. Tyler loves being outdoors whether it is on a river, lake, climbing rocks, or any of the other incredible activities the Ozarks offer. Tyler has 3 amazing women in his life: his wife Karen and daughters Katelynn (7) and Hannah(5). Tyler is excited about Rise PT partnering with the Spark foundation to help people reach their half marathon goals with the 2018 Hero Half Marathon.



Photo by Megan Sebeck of Brittany crossing the finish line at the 2016 Hero Half Marathon

Photo by Megan Sebeck of Brittany crossing the finish line at the 2016 Hero Half Marathon

Brittany Rodgers

Brittany grew up playing volleyball but always hated running until about 3 years ago when she ran her first 5K in Winslow, AR. What created her love for running was the supportive running community, the ability to challenge herself physically, and now, the opportunity to encourage other runners to reach new goals! Since that first 5K, Brittany has run a handful of other 5Ks, 15Ks, 8 half marathons, and 2 full marathons–– with her biggest accomplishment of running a 3:37 marathon in Chicago in October of 2017. Her dream is to one day qualify for the Boston Marathon. Outside of her love for running, she enjoys float trips, hiking, coffee, all things that revolve around food, and creating new experiences with great friends!