CRYSTAL LAKE – Residents looking to take on one of the area's most popular 5K runs can get a little coaching before they hit the course.
After successful partnerships in past years, the Running Depot in Crystal Lake is once again teaming up with the Family Health Partnership Clinic to offer a seven-week training course leading up to the 14th annual Care4 Breast Cancer 5K on Oct. 19.
The event has raised about $560,000 over the past three years for women who are uninsured and in need of breast cancer screenings, education and prevention. The race is again expected to draw more than 2,500 participants.
To get runners ready, Running Depot's Melody Emricson said the store is offering a seven-week program that includes two weekly group runs, access to running coaches and a nutritionist and motivational emails with detailed workout plans for the week.
In previous programs, Emricson said there are generally 15 to 20 people who participate.
She said the course is designed for all skill levels whether people want to walk the 5K or strive for a personal record.
"We have had people do this just to get exercise or to work on their form and go for their best time," Emricson said. "But the great thing is, even after it is over, people make friends and keep running together."
An informational meeting on the program will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fast Finish Coaching at 30H N. Williams St. Emricson said the program is $99 with a 50 percent discount for returning participants and other discounts for families.