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No Boundaries 5K Beginner Running Program

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No Boundaries 5K Training Program: Spring 2017


Who says getting started with walking or running as a lifestyle can't be fun? The Chicago Endurance Sports No Boundaries: 5K Training Program's professional coaches will help you run or walk faster and farther, learn and feel better about yourself and get you in fantastic shape. And didn't we mention fun? You'll meet great people that are on a similar journey, and feel the support and motivation that comes from friends & fellow participants. We take an individual approach to understanding YOUR goals and definition of achievement, then coach you every step of the way.


We've created a custom, 8-week schedule for this beginner 5K Training Program to teach you how to start (and stick with) a successful walking or running program. No experience necessary. If you're thinking, "I've never run before — is this program for me?", then we want you. If you can walk, you can join our program. If life got so hectic that fitness took a back seat to other circumstances and want to return to a healthy lifestyle, this is a great first step towards not only the old you, but a brand new you. We'll celebrate your achievements by participating in one of our target goal races:

Ravenswood, a Neighborhood 5k        Good Life Race

*Race entry discounts will be available!

Open House Fun Run/Info Meetings

Join us for one of our informal fun walk/runs & Open Houses! You'll able to meet our coaches, ask questions (and get answers!) and have fun with a no-pressure walk/run and yummy treats. We encourage you to bring a friend, co-worker or family member with you too!  The more support you have, the better!

Elmhurst - Sunday, Feb. 5 at 11:30am
Join head coach Sheri Wagner and Chicago Endurance Sports staff for a FREE "Super BO Fun Walk/Run" on Super Sunday! Feb 5, we'll meet at Fleet Feet Sports in Elmhurst (124 E. Schiller Street) at 11:30 a.m. and begin with a short information piece on our popular 5k training program - No Boundaries. From there we'll head out for a 30 minute fun walk/run around the Elmhurst area. Following the walk/run we'll have some SUPER treats to enjoy.  For more information, visit

Other Dates and Locations will be announced soon!

Follow the links below to find out about this innovative, enjoyable, and successful program!

Program Benefits

Not only do you get to have a great time, but you also get loads of cool stuff too:

  • Professional, experienced (and nice!) coaches (more details)
  • Personalized, daily training schedule for all levels
  • Weekly newsletter with tips on training & program updates
  • Q & A at all training sessions with our coaches
  • Coached group training (twice/week)—your choice of SIX Fleet Feet Sports locations!
    (see below for details...)
  • Custom, performance running shirt
  • Exclusive CES Team Tent on race day
  • Discounted Race Entry Fees available
  • Discounts/promotions from our partners:
  • Educational seminars & clinics (more info below)
  • Exciting team social activities with your fellow participants
  • and much more!

Training Days & Locations

No Boundaries training is available at SIX Chicago-area Fleet Feet Sports stores:

  • Tuesdays (6:30pm) and Saturdays (8:00am):
    • SOUTH LOOP (150 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago)
    • LAKEVIEW (3359 N. Southport Ave., Chicago)
  • Wednesdays (6:30pm) and Saturdays (8:00am)
    • OLD TOWN (1620 N. Wells St., Chicago)
    • ELMHURST (124 Schiller Street, Elmhurst)
    • OAK PARK (102 N. Marion Street, Oak Park)
  • Thursdays (6:30pm) and Sundays (8:00am)
    • LINCOLN SQUARE (4762 N. Lincoln)

Your membership includes TWO, coached group workouts/week (one weeknight and one weekend). Pick the day and location that works best for you. If you can't make it to your regular location, you can join a group at another store and day. Feel free to visit another location if you're curious to see a different route and people.

Tuesday, February 28th (South Loop or Lakeview)
Wednesday, March 1st (Old Town, Elmhurst or Oak Park)
Thursday, March 2nd (Lincoln Square)

For more detail on what happens at those sessions, read below...

Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays — 6:30pm;
(we'll meet at the store, then head out for our run)

These mid-week runs will focus on learning, improving your efficiency and form, strengthening and speed play. Our Coaching staff and Mentors will be present to help teach, challenge and motivation you. We'll start each session with a brief educational clinic/session to help you learn what you need for a successful running experience. Then we'll head out for an energizing workout.

Saturdays/Sundays — 8:00am;
(we'll meet at the store, then head out for our run)

These workouts are reserved for longer, slow distance runs so important to the success of endurance runners. CES Alumni "Mentors" will run with the group to help you learn how to run at an appropriate pace, as well as provide support and motivation from their own personal running experiences. Our coaches also run with the group for motivational assistance with any concerns or questions that may arise during the run.

BONUS: Restrooms, changing rooms, secure gear storage and water are available at all of our group training sessions!

Clinics & Seminars

If you want to attain your goals, you need to do more than put in the miles. Our expert speakers present clinics on a variety of topics including (but not limited to):

  • Training Tips
  • Running Shoes & Apparel
  • Nutrition and Weight Loss
  • Core Strength and Flexibility for Runners
  • Yoga for Runners
  • Tips for a successful race
  • Sport Watch 101
  • ...and more!

All Group Preview Run on the Goal Race courses and Race Day Experience

Discover another feature that sets the NOBO training experience with CES apart from other training programs out there. Finish your training with an All Group Run — Ravenswood or Good Life Race Preview — meet the other participants, mentors and coaches from the other locations for a supported long run that previews the goal 5K course. Finish with post-run refreshments, coaches tips and celebrate training together with everyone! On race day, get the most from your goal race with the CES Race Day Tent at your 5K. We'll have a secure place for your personal gear, meet up with your fellow program participants before the start, enjoy post-race refreshments and recovery tools/stretching as you relive your effort and success. With the CES No Boundaries program, the experience is much more than the training and the race. We become a family!

Our Coaching Staff

We're extremely proud of our professional, experienced coaching staff — they go the extra mile to make sure you have a successful training season and attain your goals! Why is it so important to have qualified coaches? They can:

  • Evaluate your current fitness level and goals to make sure you are training at an appropriate level
  • Evaluate and suggest ways to improve your running form
  • Assist you if you need to adjust your training schedule, in the event of an injury or missed training due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Motivate and challenge you to reach your goals in a smart, safe & effective manner

For more information on our coaches, click here.

How to Register

Online registration is available at by clicking on the link below:



Group Training Program New Members CES Alumni
5k Group Training $119 $99
Virtual Training Program New Members  CES Alumni
5k Virtual Training $79 $59

Please note: Race entry fees are NOT included in the training program fees, unless otherwise specified.

No refunds will be provided in full or in part for any reason, including injury, after a program begins. No prorated fees are provided for late enrollments.


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Please contact us at or call 866-237-7861 for more information.

No Boundaries: 5K Training Program More Info »

Program Start: Tuesday, February 28th at South Loop and Lakeview; Wednesday, March 1st at Old Town, Elmhurst and Oak Park; Thursday, March 2nd at Lincoln Square
Program Schedule: 10-Week Training Program; Locations and times vary
Goal Race: Ravenswood Run 5K or Good Life Race 5K
Program Fee: 5K Group-Training $119; Virtual Training Only $79 (Special Pricing For CES Alumni)
Description: No experience necessary! If you're saying to yourself, "I've never run before. Is this program for me?", then we want you. Our experienced Coaches and Mentors have been in your shoes and will work with you every step of the way. Find your inner athlete and let Chicago Endurance Sports make a runner out of you!
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