2023 In-Training Spring Beginners 5K Program

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Atlanta Track Club's 2023 In-Training Spring Beginners 5K Program is designed for beginner athletes with the goal of participating in and finishing their first 5K road race, the 2023 Publix Atlanta Day 5K! The program is intended for both beginner runners and walkers and combines structured workouts while training at home or as a group at Atlanta Track Club headquarters.

This In-Training program is limited to 50 participants.

The virtual program is free to current Atlanta Track Club members. The in-person program is $25.00 for Atlanta Track Club members. For non-members, the cost of the virtual program is $25.00 and the in-person program is $50.00. If you are not yet a member, you can join here for just $40 as an individual to register as a member.

The 2023 In-Training Spring Beginners 5K Program features:

  • In-person and virtual options
  • Certified coaches to guide you while keeping you accountable

  • Online learning opportunities on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. led by Atlanta's running and walking subject matter experts including former beginners who were once where you're at

  • In-person, midweek practices throughout the Atlanta area

  • In-person, Saturday practices at Atlanta Track Club headquarters

  • Training grounded in science and experience guided by Atlanta Track Club's coaching philosophy

  • Daily text/email reminders of workouts powered by Final Surge

  • Online platforms to build community and camaraderie

This training program is for beginners aiming to complete their first 5K. While participants do not have to be consistently exercising prior to the program, all participants must be cleared by a medical professional that they are healthy enough to train.

Note: This In-Training program does not include entry into the 2023 Publix Atlanta 5K. Register for the race here. We encourage you to make sure you have a current 2023 Atlanta Track Club Membership before you register for the race to ensure you receive the lowest price for the event.

In some cases, the program may be shortened for late registrants. Please email training@atlantatrackclub.org if you are interested in training with Atlanta Track Club but need to reduce the length of the program.

Training Program Policies


  • 5k (3.1 miles)


  • Member in-person: $25.00
  • Member virtual: FREE
  • Non-member in-person: $50.00
  • Non-member virtual: $25.00

Program Schedule

December 5

Registration opens

January 1


January 2

Training begins

January 4

In-person, midweek workouts begin

January 7

In-person, Saturday workouts begin

January 8

Registration closes

January 21

Course preview field trip, location TBD

February 4

Course preview field trip, location TBD

February 25



In-person workouts begin on Wednesday, January 4. Participants select their preferred Wednesday locations during registration.
  • Saturday Workout Locations:
  • Atlanta Track Club Headquarters, 201 Armour Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 - 7:15 a.m.
  • Two course preview field trips, locations TBD - 7:15 a.m.

  • Wednesday Midweek Workout Locations:
  • Cheney Stadium with Coach Bob, 741 Connally Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 - 6:20 a.m.
  • Pending participation: Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075 - 6:20 a.m.
  • Pending participation: East Lake Marta Station (West Howard side), 2260 College Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Pending participation: Peachtree Middle School Track, 4664 North Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30338 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Piedmont Park with Coach Bob, Dockside (or Active Oval), Atlanta, GA 30309 - 6:00 p.m.

Locations subject to change based on demand and participation.


  • $25.00, Atlanta Track Club member in-person option
  • FREE, Atlanta Track Club member virtual option
  • $50.00, Non-member in-person option
  • $25.00, Non-member virtual option

Program limited to 50 participants.

  • Refund Policy: Training registration is non-refundable* and non-transferable.
      • *Refunds are for medical reasons only and must be submitted with a physician's letter prior to the close of registration.
  • This training program does not include entry into the 2023 Publix Atlanta 5K.
  • Orientation

    We will kickoff the program with a 60 minute online orientation in which Coach Bob will provide an overview of the program, explain Final Surge and its benefits, and answer your training questions. Sunday, January 1 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.


    Bob Wells, Atlanta Track Club, Manager & Coach - In-Training Programs | Eric Heintz, Atlanta Track Club, Director - High Performance | Amy Begley, Atlanta Track Club, Lead Coach - Olympic Development Team, 2008 Olympian - 10,000m

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