Training Team

Big River offers a FREE, fun, friendly and first-class training program for runners and walkers of all ability levels to prepare for half and full marathons. This group is designed to help you on your personal fitness journey by providing you with pacers and hundreds of running buddies who share similar goals, turning the tough grind of training into a fun, social experience. Offered twice a year, the Spring program runs from January to April and the Fall program runs from July to October.


Training Team Details

  • 12-week training program
  • A variety of ways to participate based on your desired level of commitment and training goals
  • Experienced coaches and group pace leaders
  • Hundreds of participants means there are paces and running partners for all ability levels (including walk and run/walk)
  • Beginner friendly
  • Weekly long runs on Sunday mornings at 7:30 am
  • Group runs on Monday evenings at 6 pm from Big River Running stores (South City & U City)
  • Weekly team emails to keep you informed
  • Age requirements – due to the nature of long runs, for safety reasons we can’t accommodate unaccompanied minors. Those under 18 must be accompanied by (running with) their guardian for the duration of any training run.

Training Team Options

Having a training plan can help you stay injury free, improve your fitness and greatly increase the chances of achieving your goals! You now can have a training plan designed specifically for YOU! You deserve more than a generic training plan to help you achieve your goals!

It is WORTH THE INVESTMENT! Our plans are some of the most affordable you can find with a great success rate for goal achievement.

Each training plan comes with specific pace recommendations, daily mileage assignments and can be personalized for your life schedule and goal race. Additionally, for those that sign up, you will be able to contact a coach directly via email, text or phone.

Did you know? You never get the same plan twice. We always progress each individual’s plan every time they sign up, meaning it gets more challenging to better help you meet your goals.

NEW FOR SPRING – we are offering our weekly marathon and half marathon focused speed workouts for FREE! Anyone who signs for up for Training Team can join us for weekly coach guided speedwork.

The deadline to purchase a Training Plan and to sign up for Wednesday Workouts is January 31.

The deadline to purchase a plan and sign up for Wednesday Workouts is January 31.

Note: If you would like more structure/advice than suggested Sunday mileage, we recommend you sign up for a plan! An individualized plan is the best way to help you achieve your goals. Plans at this price structure are designed to be 12-week plans for goal races in April (or close to that timeframe). For a different time frame or longer plan, please refer to Big River Personal Coaching.


Pace Groups

Official Training Team Merchandise

To keep your ears warm during the cold winter months, we are excited to offer the option to purchase a Sauce headband or hat with the Training Team logo this season.


We meet for group runs/walks every Sunday at 7:30 am beginning January 5 and going until March 29 to help you prepare for your spring full or half marathon. Our goal races are the GO! St. Louis half and full marathon. You can still train with the team even if this is not your goal race.


Key Dates

Training Team Sign-up Opens – end of November
First Sunday Training Team Run – January 5
Wednesday Workouts – starting January 15
Deadline to purchase a Silver or Gold Training Plan or sign up for Wednesday Workouts – January 31
Training Team Sign-up Closes – February 18



Goal Races