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, using run/walk intervals, 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).

This program is FREE! So get ready to lace up your shoes and get active!


The upcoming START 5k season will begin on Saturday, March 19 in preparation for the Make Tracks Through The Zoo 5k on Sunday, May 22nd.
Registration for the Spring 2022 season has closed.

Join Us!

Our Spring 2022 program begins March 19!



Cost: FREE


Structured 10-week program begins March 19

Supported group workout each Saturday at 8 am

Locations: Various parks and trails around St. Louis (Tower Grove, Forest Park, Grant's Trail, etc)

Goal Race

Make Tracks Through The Zoo 5k, May 22, 2022

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!” Angela


  • Experienced Big River coaches & mentors to guide you
  • Detailed 10-week training plan (run/walk progression with goal of continuously running 5k by the end of the program)
  • In-person runs (Saturdays at 8a)
  • Educational topics ranging 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
  • Race day support
  • FREE!

Registration Closed

Key Dates

First START training day: March 19, 2022
Last day to register for START: March 31, 2022

Graduation Race:
Make Tracks Through The Zoo 5k, May 22, 2022