5K Beginning Runners

Come join our “get off the couch” program for beginning runners!

Whether you are new to running or trying to return to running, this is a program for you. This class is intended for all who are looking to “get off the couch with no running experience at all” and do a 5K (3.1 miles) distance. This program typically targets the Annapolis Striders Valentine’s Day 5K (Winter) or the WDF/RaTW 5K (Spring).  Registration and fees for those races are separate from this training program, and participation in those races is not required to join the training program.

This program is generally offered in Winter and Spring sessions and runs approximately 10 weeks.

Program Prerequisites

Participants should be capable of walking briskly for 20 minutes and should check with their health care professional prior to starting any fitness program.

Membership Requirement

Annapolis Striders training classes are a free benefit for members. In order to participate in this training class, you must have a current membership. You may become a member or renew an existing membership online or by mail-in form. After signing up as a member (or if you are already a member), you must also register for the training with the registration method for the upcoming session below. Training coaches will not accept membership signups or training registrations in-person at training sessions.


Complete a 5K (3.1 miles) race.

Program Features

Program features discussions on shoes, injury prevention, runner’s safety, nutrition, running attire, pre-warm up exercises and cross training.

Current Training Session

Winter 2017/2018 5k Training

December 3, 2017 - February 10, 2018

Winter 2017 BRP Flyer

Target Race

Valentine’s 5K


Registration Link


  • Debbie Dirks
  • Paul Thorn
Email the coaches:
Facebook Group
Winter 5k

Sessions and Locations

Thursday 6 PM
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Pkwy
Arnold, MD 21012 United States

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Tuesday 6 PM
Annapolis High School
2700 Riva Rd
Annapolis, MD 21401 United States

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Sunday 8 AM
Bates Athletic Complex – Weems Whelan Field
935 Spa Road
Annapolis, MD 21401 United States

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