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Welcome to the START Program!
“Start Training And Racing Today“


Big River Running Company is proud to host a first class 5K training program for beginning to novice runners. This program is geared for people new to running or getting back into the routine after a long time off, looking for a structured, fun and friendly entry into fitness.

We provide you with experienced coaches and teammates who share similar goals, helping to turn the tough grind of training into a fun and social experience. The program starts slowly, gradually working our way to the goal of continuously running a 5k. Along the way you’ll learn important information on injury prevention, nutrition, stretching, proper running form and many other topics. There is no pressure here, just positive support to help you achieve your goals!

Registration for the Spring 2017 has closed. Join us next spring!


  • Cost $75.00
  • Structured 10-week program begins on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:00 pm
  • Goal races
  • Detailed 5k training plan designed by Big River experts



Two fully supported group workouts each week:



  • South City group – 8:00 am alternating between Tower Grove Park & Forest Park


  • Experienced Big River coaches & mentors to guide you
  • Pre-run educational clinics, topics range from injury prevention to race day planning
  • Free Big River Running START program shirt
  • Special store discounts and giveaways
  • Weekly team emails to keep you informed and motivated
  • Discount on race entry for featured START graduation races
  • Race day support and post-race party for family and friends
  • Limited number of participants to ensure high quality experience

Meet the Coach Meetings

We encourage anyone interested in participating in the Big River START 5K program to join us at a meet the coach meeting on Sunday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at Big River South City to:

  • Go over the 10-week schedule
  • Meet your head coaches
  • Understand how the START program works
  • Ask any questions you may have

 Key Dates

  • Meet the Coach Meeting: March 5, 2017
  • First START training day: March 15, 2017
  • Last day to register for START: March 29, 2017
  • Graduation Races:
    • Ferguson Twilight Run, May 20, 2017 or Make Tracks for the Zoo, May 21, 2017


Contact info@bigriverrunning with questions.

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