If you're looking to step out and support the community through numerous metro-east 5Ks, or if you'd just like to improve your speed and fitness, the Belleville Running Club has options to help.
A first-ever fall Couch to 5K program aims to help those who are sedentary, walkers and runners improve their fitness and be able to complete a 5K run or walk.
An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday inside the cafeteria at Emge Junior High School, 7401 Westchester Drive in Belleville.
The training, which will include intervals of walking and running on a track, will be held at 6 p.m. Monday evenings, Aug. 25-Oct. 20, at Emge. The nine-week training program costs $10 and includes a T-shirt; if you choose to skip the T-shirt, the $10 will be discounted off the sign up price of the Belleville West End Ogre and Princess 5K.
That race will be held at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at St. Matthew Methodist Church, 1200 Moreland Drive in Belleville. The timed race will be along 74th Street in the west end of Belleville. Residents of the Ogles neighborhood and surrounding community are encouraged to run or walk the event. Halloween costumes are welcomed. Trophies and medals will be given out to age division winners.
Proceeds from the race will benefit Boy Scout Troop 12 and Ogles Watch Neighborhood Association.
An Ogles Watch Neighborhood Association Fit and Fun Fair will accompany the race. The fair will include activities for children, food, expositions and health and safety information.
For more information about the Couch to 5K program, visit http://bellevillerunningclub.com/training-beginner.