Carolina Godiva Track Club (a non-profit organization and the oldest running club in the Triangle) offers its Bruce Koenig Memorial Running Start training program to those who've never run before and to the lapsed athlete who wants to resume running. Running Start is a non-competitive program designed to share the joy of running and help you reach your goal of a 5k. In addition to running, participants often make lasting connections with their fellow trainees (which is great for continued success in running beyond the program’s end)!
As a trainee, you will be guided through a progressive series of walk-run intervals over the course of 11 weeks. Along the way, you will be encouraged by volunteer “pacers” who are committed to helping you reach the finish line at your own pace. In addition, occasional seminars will provide valuable tips from local experts. After 11 weeks of hard work, we will hold a graduation 5k to commemorate your success and distribute finisher rewards!
The program is a weekly series of three runs at locations with ample parking:
Everyone runs at 8:00 am on Saturday at the Al Buehler jogging trail on Duke’s West Campus.
Then, participants choose two weekday evening runs from the following:
These venue maps show parking locations.
The Kickoff Event is Tuesday, February 28th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Church Commons Room. (Note: this program is not affiliated with any religious organization; we simply rent the space for the event.) The Kickoff includes an orientation to the program structure, introduction of pacers, on-site registration, and a short presentation on running gear from the experts at Bull City Running Company.The first training session is the following Saturday, March 4th at 8am on the Al Buehler jogging path on Duke’s West Campus.
Cost: $75 Includes the Running Start program fee, a one-year membership to Carolina Godiva Track Club, seminars and—for those who complete the program—a technical t-shirt at graduation. Current Godiva members will receive a one-year membership extension upon payment. All trainees and pacers must be members of Carolina Godiva Track Club to participate.
Refunds: There are no refunds for the program. We know you can stick with it!
Registration: The easiest way to sign up is using the online signup system. We will also be accepting registrations in person at the Kickoff event on February 28th and during the first 2 weeks of the program.