2017 Summer Session of the Fast Track 5k & 10k Training Program (Kalamazoo) – Registration is Closed – Drop Ins are Welcome!

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Registration is now closed for the 2017 summer session of the Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) Fast Track 5k and 10k Training Program in Kalamazoo.  Drop in guests are welcome ($5 KAR Members/$10 Non-Member Friends). Drop-in guests must sign in upon arrival (see program director).

We look forward to an exciting and rewarding season working with each one of you as you strive to attain your 5k and 10k goals through a fun and supportive environment.

For more information and registration, visit the Fast Track Blog Site

The Fast Track program offers four levels of workouts designed to meet your goals whether beginner or experienced runner. Led by experienced KAR coaches, the program targets the Peacock Strut 5k & 10k scheduled for September 16, 2017 and includes training schedules, individualized guidance with low coach to participant ratio, clinics and structured Tuesday track workouts. Sessions are conducted at 6:30 pm Tuesday nights (optional clinics at 6:00pm) at WMU Kanley Track and program runs 10 weeks from July 11, 2017 to September 12, 2017.

Learn More at our FREE Program Info Night!

The Fast Track Program Info Night will be held Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 6:30 – 7:30pm at Gazelle Sports, 214 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo.  Learn more at this no obligation information session which includes a 30 minute apparel clinic by Gazelle Sports staff.

Program Levels

Fast Track I (Beginner Walk to Run 5k Program) – Fast Track to running – Geared towards transitioning the new runner from walking to running and completion of a first 5k.

Fast Track II (Step Up 5k & 10k Program) – Fast Track to the next Step – Step up to the next level through our own custom designed program incorporating light fartlek (speed-play) and a gradual mileage build-up. Geared towards runners who have mastered their first 5k, and are ready to go the next level in training for the 5k distance, or to build up mileage to run their first 10k. (under 20 miles/week)

Fast Track III (Introduction to Speedwork 5k & 10k Program) – Fast track to speed work. Geared towards transitioning a runner who has some 5k and/or 10k running experience, but is new to track workouts and is looking for a lower mileage program (under 25 miles/week).

Fast Track IV (Competitive Speedwork 5k & 10k Program) – Fast Track to maximum performance – Geared towards competitive runners with 5k and/or 10k racing and track workout experience who are seeking optimal performance and/or a higher mileage program (25 + miles week).


This was my first KAR experience and I had an awesome time learning about speed work and challenging myself while getting to know others. My coach Jay pushed me to work toward my goal time each week and made running in the heat, rain, and humidity so much fun. I noticed a difference in my times as well as my beliefs about myself as a runner. Everyone was so positive and encouraging. I mentally pushed past the idea that I would always be a “slow runner” and could not get quicker, now working on putting some of that speed work to use as I train for a distance run/half marathon. Already looking forward to the next Fast Track season! Thanks KAR and all of the great coaches!!! – Kari 

This program is amazing! I started with a 5k, and then after two sessions, decided to go for a 10k. I felt respected and valued, even though I am one of the slowest runners. Anyone who is considering getting back into running should take a look at this program! – Sheri

Like many new runners, I never thought that I could enjoy running, but the Fast Track program, with its incremental training, helped me to feel confident and even excited about reaching new goals. The coaches were phenomenal–encouraging, engaging and fun. The tips I learned can be applied to more activities than just running. Excellent program! – Theresa

For questions about Fast Track 5k & 10k Level I, II, III or IV programs, please contact Bonnie Sexton at Bonnie.sexton@kalamazooarearunners.org