If achieving your goals of being more active and finishing a 5k (3.1 miles) is worth an hour of your time on Saturday mornings, then A Running Experience Club (AREC) will get you to the finish line!

AREC will supply the motivation, camaraderie and experienced leadership in a fun group setting to help you lace up those shoes and get moving. We’ll provide the tools, you provide the commitment. This can be your first step towards that healthy, more active lifestyle that you desire. Our goal is to have you succeed. And with this program, you will! So let’s get started…

Program details:

Start date: Saturday, August 26 and every Saturday thereafter through November 04
All runs start promptly at 8:00am from Joe’s Crab Shack (6550 N. Marina Drive, Long Beach)
All runs are led by Road Runner’s Club of America (RRCA) certified coaches
Goal Race: Run Like it’s Recess 5k at El Dorado Park in Long Beach on Sun. November 12.
5k – 9:00am 1k – 10:15am Toddler Run – 10:45am
⦁ Cost: $25 for the training OR $45 for the training + 5k race (saves $10 when combined)

Program Schedule:
Download PDF Schedule Here

Couch-to-5k participants will receive membership in AREC (Jan-Dec) including: a club shirt, monthly newsletter, social events, year–round running opportunities, plus the 11-week 5k training schedule, instruction from an RRCA certified coach and a discounted entry to the Run Like it’s Recess 5k.

To get to the starting line: bring yourself and cash or check to any AREC Couch-to-5k run! You may also sign up on the event registration page at:

For more info: Email coach Alan Sheppard or call 562-225-6958. You can also get general AREC info by emailing

See you on Saturday August 26!