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Couch to 5K Club Starting May 2014


Have you ever thought of running a 5K but don’t know how to train for it? Meriter invites you to join our Couch to 5K Running Club. The Couch to 5K is a plan developed to help beginners get into running.

Often when trying to get into exercise, we can overdo it, feel defeated and give up when we’re just getting started. Couch to 5K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking, to gradually build up your fitness and stamina. It creates realistic expectations and makes the challenge feel achievable right from the start.

There are two additional options this year.
- If you are a runner and want to run with a group, you are welcome to run the 5k starting on the first day.
- Also if you want to work up to walking the 5K, we encourage you to sign up and walk the entire time – a 5k walking program will be provided.

The best part of the Meriter’s Couch to 5K program is that it is FREE! In addition, if you attend 8 of the 11 session you will also receive a FREE entry for the Capital City 5K Run/Walk for Organ, Tissue, & Eye Donation on July 26 at 6:30 pm.

Dates and Times: Every Tuesday from May 13 – July 22 at 5:45 pm
Location: Outside of Meriter Hospital - near the corner of Brooks and Mounds Streets
Parking: Free at the Meriter Hospital parking lot
Cost: FREE
What to wear: comfortable workout clothes and supportive running shoes
What to bring: water bottle, running watch and car key storage

Also new this year, a Kick-Off Event on Monday April 28 at 6:15 pm is at Movin’ Shoes, 528 S. Park Street, Madison. It will include an overview of the program and information about equipment. There will also be store discounts exclusively available for the running club.

Participants that attend 8 or more of the 11 sessions will receive a FREE entry into the Capital City 5K Run/Walk for Organ, Tissue, & Eye Donation on July 26 at 6:30 pm.


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