Battle Creek Spring Fast Track Registration Open Now!

Kalamazoo Area Runners in Battle Creek (KAR in BC) is pleased to announce we are continuing the Fast Track Training Program for Spring 2015! This program is designed to meet both 5K and 10K training goals, whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or experienced runner. This program targets the Cereal City Classic 5K and 10K Race in downtown Battle Creek, scheduled for June 13, 2015, during the annual Cereal City Festival.

Building on the success of our Fall 2014 Fast Track session, we will be continuing with our simplified the run groups. We will be offering 3 general levels of workouts – Beginners, Milers, and Speed Workers – each group serves to build and support community among runners. Fast Track will continue to be led by experienced KAR coaches and will include training schedules, individual guidance, relevant clinics, and structured Tuesday track workouts.


  • Fast Track Beginners – Geared towards transitioning newer runners from walking to running as well as interval walk/run for those who prefer it. Beginners will be focused on learning the basics and building a running base.
  • Fast Track Milers – Geared towards intermediate level runners who want to improve their overall running skills. Milers will be focused on building base and increasing endurance while building community. Improving pace is a secondary motivation for this group.
  • Fast Track Speed Workers – Geared towards intermediate and performance level runners who want to improve performance and increase pace. Speed work coaches will work with participants to identify individual race goals and refer the Speed Worker to a mid-week schedule that supports those goals.


Sessions are conducted at 5:45pm Tuesday nights at Riverside Park and run 11 weeks from March 31, 2015 to June 9, 2015. The March 31 Week #1 workouts will be repeated onApril 7 Week #2 to help accommodate runners with Spring Break vacation and/or other scheduling challenges.

Track sessions are held at Riverside Park, adjacent to Riverside Elementary (650 Riverside Dr. Battle Creek, MI 49015) on Tuesday nights. All Fast Track participants will meet at the grey pavilion at the south entrance to the park (gravel/dirt parking lot). NOTE: The Battle Creek program will utilize the loops around the Riverside Park soccer fields rather than a traditional track. While we know this will be a bit different than a traditional track workout, we have continued positive feedback that this venue offers several advantages, including scenery, some shade, inviting atmosphere, and available use of the “track” during the week and after the program ends. Additionally, our Milers group will also take advantage of various routes in the neighborhoods surrounding Riverside Park as part of their workouts.

Program Orientation is available for Runners new to Fast Track at the March 31 Week #1 workout, onsite at Riverside Park.

A drawing will be held for all Fast Track participants who register by March 24 for a free race entry to the targeted fall race, the Cereal City Classic 5K or 10K Race in downtown Battle Creek.

Program is $25 to Members of KAR. Participants must join (new members) or may renew (existing members) their annual KAR membership upon registration. Current members receive a $5 discount upon renewing their membership and entering the 4-digit KAR discount code.

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