Start 10K


Ready to take the next step in your running and train for a 10k race? START 10k is a welcoming 10k training program for beginning to novice runners each fall. This program is geared for people who have previously run a 5k and would like to try a new distance or anyone who has taken some time off running and is seeking motivation and accountability! It is a great option for runners who have graduated from Big River’s START 5k program. We recommend being able to move (run/walk) for 40 minutes at the start of the program. This program is NOT for you if you are a veteran runner who simply wants to get faster at the 10k distance. If that description fits you, we recommend our Personal Coaching service.

Our START 10k program will provide you with experienced coaches, teammates who share similar goals, and a motivating, fun and social experience. The program starts with a walk/run progression and we gradually work our way, throughout the 10 weeks, to the goal of continuously running a 10k. Along the way important topics to help you on the path to success are discussed, coaches are there to motivate and keep you on track, and you’ll meet a great group of peers with whom to share the journey. There is no pressure here, just positive support to help you achieve your goals!

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

Our Fall 2023 START 10k season will "run" July 22 - October 22.


Cost: Free

Structured 10-week program; mid-August to mid-October

Fall 2023 Program begins July 22

Detailed 10k training plan designed by Big River Running
(run/walk progression with goal of continuously running 10k by the end of the program)

Weekly guided group runs on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday evening workouts at 6:00 p.m.

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"I loved it. It has been the most do-able yet effective training plan I have ever done. I want to use it leading up to a future 10k."


  • Experienced Big River coaches & mentors to guide you
  • Detailed training plan
  • Educational clinics on topics ranging from running form to race day planning
  • Weekly team emails to keep you informed and motivated

Key Dates

Training begins: July 22

Deadline to order a shirt: July 29

Registration closes: August 4

Graduation Races:

MO' Cowbell 10K on October 1

GO! St. Louis Halloween 10k on October 22

You can still train with us if you have a different goal race or if you are just running for fitness.

“10 weeks ago I could not run 1 mile consistently, I had no confidence to just put on a pair of trainers and go for a run. The coaches on this program although very experienced runners never made you feel anything less than 100% competent. The program really is set up to help so many different fitness levels accomplish their goals. I could not be more thankful for this program and the coaches. I look forward to joining them in future training sessions!”
“It gave me all the tools I needed to be successful in running the entire 10K. The program was absolutely awesome. The coaches were encouraging, positive, great resources, motivating, and great role models.”
“Thank you so much! Every coach involved was so friendly and inspirational. I love the feel of the running community and felt so welcome, even as a beginner. There was definitely no intimidation - everyone was full of support and enthusiasm.”
"I really liked the positive, flexible coaches. If I needed a recommendation about my training plan or needed to adjust my current running pace, they were there to support me. I also liked the quick talks from WashU PTs, I learned a lot about improvements I could incorporate in my running training."