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 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

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.

The deadline to purchase a Training Plan and to sign up for Thursday Workouts has now passed.

The deadline to purchase a plan and sign up for Thursday Workouts has passed for Fall 2019.

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

We are excited to offer a super soft, Next Level tri-blend short-sleeved shirts in a men’s and women’s cut and a women’s tank top. The deadline to purchase merch has passed. If you ordered a shirt, we’ll have them available at a Training Team run for pick up when they are ready.


We meet for group runs/walks every Sunday at 7 am beginning July 14 and going to October to help you prepare for your spring full or half marathon. Our goal races are the MO Cowbell half and full marathon and the GO! Halloween half marathon. You can still train with the team even if this is not your goal race.


Key Dates

Training Team Sign-up Opens – June
First Sunday Training Team Run – July 14
Thursday Workouts – starting August 1
Deadline to purchase a Silver or Gold Training Plan – August 1
Deadline to purchase Thursday Workout Package – August 9 
Training Team Sign-up Closes – August 31


Goal Races