5K New Runner Training

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

Gold Country Run 5K Training Program!

July 13th – September 7, 2024 (Date of Gold Country 5K)


Train with us for the Gold Country 5K presented by Marshall or any Late Summer or Fall 2024 5K event!

If you are new to running or are seeking to make a comeback after extended time off, this is the ideal training program for you. This coached New Runner program starts on Saturday, July 13th and is focused on trainees completing the Gold Country 5K presented by Marshall on September 7, 2024 in beautiful El Dorado Hills! You can also use the program to run any Fall 5K events.

Led by local coach Dan Lopez, the group will meet twice weekly at 6:30PM on Wednesday evenings and 7:30AM on Saturday mornings on routes in the Folsom or El Dorado Hills areas.

 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 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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