Start 5K

Due to the pandemic, the START 5k Spring 2020 program went virtual after a few weeks of starting. Read how it went HERE. We’re so proud of our participants!

Have you ever wanted to run a 5k, but didn’t know where to start? “Start Training And Racing Today” with Big River’s 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 some time off, looking for a structured, fun and friendly entry into fitness.

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!

This 10-week program takes place annually in the spring (March to May).

Starting in Spring 2020, we’ll be offering this program for FREE! So get ready to lace up your shoes and get active!

Join Us!

Our Spring 2020 program begins March 7!



Cost: FREE


Structured 10-week program begins Saturday, March 7 at 8 am

One supported group workout each Saturday at 8 am

One group workout each Wednesday at 6 pm

Two locations to choose from:
– South City: Tower Grove Park on Saturdays and Big River South City on Wednesdays
– West County: Town Square in Town & Country (intersection of Mason and Clayton Rds) on both Saturdays and Wednesdays
We’ll also meet as a big group in Forest Park a few Saturdays.

Goal Race

Make Tracks for the Zoo – May 17, 2020
If you can’t run this race or choose to run another race, you can still train with START

Detailed 5k training plan designed by Big River experts

“Never running before, I knew I wanted to start but did not know how. Finding this program was exactly what I needed! Intimated at first, I showed up not knowing if I would be able to finish the program. I continued to show up every week, surprising myself during and after workout.

The coaches are some of the most amazing people I have ever met! Supportive, but tough when need be, which was something I absolutely needed. I met life long friends in just 10 short weeks and I cannot wait to continue my running journey with a bunch of the amazing people I have come in contact with! Thank you Big River Running Company, coaches of the START program and to all of my fellow participants that continue to push me and supported me at each step of my journey. I love each and every one of you!”


  • Experienced Big River coaches & mentors to guide you
  • Pre-run educational clinics, topics range from injury prevention to race day planning
  • Option to purchase an official 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 race
  • Race day support and post-race party for family and friends
  • FREE!


Key Dates

Meet the Coach/Info Meeting: February 19, 2020 (Big River West County)
Meet the Coach/Info Meeting: February 27, 2020 (Big River South City)
Note: These meetings aren’t mandatory, but encouraged. Attend whichever meeting works with your schedule, even if it’s not near the location at which you plan to participate.

First START training day: March 7, 2020
Last day to register for START: March 31, 2020

Graduation Race:
Make Tracks for the Zoo, May 17, 2020