Start 5K

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).


Two Fully Supported Group Workouts Each Week


6:00 pm at Big River South City


8:00 am South City Group alternates between Tower Grove Park & Forest Park

Join Us!

We’re currently in the middle of our Spring 2018 program and are no longer taking registrations. Join us for START 10k which begins in August or this program next March!


Cost $75

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

Goal Races

Ferguson Twilight Run – May 19, 2018 or
Make Tracks for the Zoo – May 20, 2018
If you can’t run these races 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
  • 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

REGISTRation Currently Closed

Key Dates

Meet the Coach Meeting: February, 28, 2018
First START training day: March 10, 2018
Last day to register for START: March 29, 2018

Graduation Races:
Ferguson Twilight Run, May 19, 2018 or Make Tracks for the Zoo, May 20, 2018