5K New Runner Training

Registration for the Gold Country Run + Sport 5K Training Program is now OPEN!    

Run Rocklin 5K Training Program!

February 18th – April 14, 2024 (Date of Run Rocklin 5K)


Join the Official 5K Training Program for Run Rocklin! 

If you are new to running, are seeking to make a comeback after extended time off, or are looking to better your 5K finishing time, this is the ideal training program for you! 

This professionally coached 5K / new runner training program starts on Sunday, February 18th and is focused on trainees completing the Run Rocklin 5K presented by Gold Country Run + Sport on April 14th at the beautiful Johnson Spring View Park! You can also use the program to run any Spring 5K events.  

Led by Certified Running Coach Theo Wirth and local running enthusiast Dan Lopez, the group will meet twice weekly at 6:00PM on Wednesday evenings and 8:00AM on Sunday mornings in the Rocklin area. 

 Group enrollment cost is $85 and includes:

  • 8-week coached training program with weekly training plans provided
  • Unlimited access to the coaches through private group page, e-mail, or phone
  • Running technique, injury prevention and nutrition tips
  • Free training technical T-shirt
  • Personalized appointment for an in-store shoe-fitting and one-time discount of 15% off all purchases (Garmin watch purchases will be limited to a discount of 10%).  All participants should have a Garmin or other GPS enabled watch or be able to run safely with their phones and will need to sign up for a Strava account (which is free) 

Meet Head Coach Theo Wirth!


After hanging up his soccer boots in his late 20s, Theo dove headfirst into running around the early 2000s. The journey led him to run his first marathon, the California International Marathon. Since then, Theo has racked up over 100 races, spanning from 5Ks to marathons and ultra-marathons.

But his true passion lies in sharing this wealth of knowledge to help fellow runners achieve their goals. Whether coaching middle and high school athletes on cross country and track teams, guiding beginners gearing up for their first 5K/10K or half marathon, or working with ultra runners across different age groups—Theo has been there for them all. It’s not just about the miles; it’s about the journey, and Theo is here to make sure others enjoy every step of it.

Meet Assistant Coach Dan Lopez!

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Although always an active person, Dan acquired a passion for running later in life. When his son was diagnosed with Leukemia at five years old, Dan and his wife, Audrey, joined Team in Training, an organization dedicated to training first time marathoners who raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. After completing the marathon, Dan was hooked! He stayed on with Team in Training for two more seasons serving as a mentor to new marathon trainees. He hasn’t stopped running since and his enthusiasm for helping new runners continues. 


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