Couch to 5K Training Program

by Apr 8, 2013Happenings0 comments

The Cherokee Runners will begin a new Couch to 5K training program on Monday, April 15.  The program will conclude to coincide with the 4th of July Sunset 5K. 

When and Where

The sessions will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30M (this schedule may change).  Each session will begin either at the Flame or at the GSMNP Visitor Center (the group will decide which sessions will be held where).


When meeting at the Flame, the course will run along the Oconaluftee River trail and will turn around depending on the session being conducted.  When starting at the Visitor Center, the course will follow the pathway along the pioneer village to the Oconaluftee River trail and will turn around depending on the session being conducted.  The trainees may also run through downtown Cherokee before the end of the program.

Instructors and Program

Instructors have received coaches training through the Road Runners Club of America.  They have also been certified by the American Track and Field Association and have conducted Couch to 5K programs over the last two years.


Interested individuals may contact Robin at or Gerri at to sign up.  Participants will be required to complete an enrollment form that includes questions on general health and the participant’s goals.  There is a $10 fee.


The purpose of the Couch to 5K is to prepare participants to complete a 5K race.  In order to accomplish this goal, the participants will work on conditioning their bodies to meet the 3.1 mile race requirement within a twelve week period.  This will be achieved through alternating walking and running and building endurance slowly and safely through the training period.  The sessions will include laughter, groans, sweat and the awesome feeling of accomplishment at the end of each session.

– Cherokee Runners