Running Start is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FEIN 47-5684786,
Our Mission Statement
To provide women with barriers to fitness the confidence, courage and community support they need to change their lives through running.
We pair Beginner Runners – women who have always wanted to start running but have barriers to fitness – with Personal Motivators – women who have found strength, confidence and courage through running and want to pay it forward.
We give them the tools to start running and train for their very first 5k.
Running Start operates its life-changing program in Colorado.
We currently operate two programs in Colorado. The Denver/Boulder Greater Area starts training in March and graduates at a June race. The Fort Collins/Loveland Greater Area starts training in July and graduates at an October race.
As women, we are driven to give back and help others discover the things that have helped us most in our lives.
Through an incredible, supportive community of runners and partners, we are able to give Beginners the running start they need to change their lives!
Our Three Pillars: Educate – Motivate – Transform
Starting a new activity can be overwhelming and intimidating. Our goal is to provide all Beginners with as much information they need to begin their running journey safely.
We provide safe, effective training plans from renowned running coach Jenny Hadfield. Beginners can choose among five different plans from walking the 5k to a walk/run strategy to running the entire 5k.
Skirt Sports provides clothing that fits real women’s bodies, from sizes XS to XXL, so that no one needs to be held back by not having performance clothing. We also provide various educational clinics including nutrition, cross training, skincare and more.
All it takes to change your life is the first step.
“I wanted to believe, I wanted to be this person, but I really didn’t believe. It took someone else believing in me first.” — 2015 Beginner Kara B (right) with her Personal Motivator and new-great-friend Monica K (left)
The key to Running Start’s success is that we pair every Beginner with a Personal Motivator. Personal Motivators are not coaches or counselors. They are real women who have found strength, courage and confidence through running and they want to give this gift back to another woman who needs to change her life.
Studies have shown that people are more likely to stick with a program if they are accountable to someone else. Just knowing that someone is going to call or email to ask how your workout went, increases our chances of actually doing said workout!
Personal Motivators provide a lifeline for brand new runners who often want to give up after the first few workouts. They are the first responder who helps her understand this crazy new world of running and holds her hand as she meets her new community.
Meet Monica K (right), 2015 Personal Motivator to Beginner Kara B. She shares how important it is for Motivators to be “REAL” people who have dealt with their own issues to help make the road less intimidating for Beginners.
“I’ve had many barriers to overcome, so not only could I provide Kara valuable tools and resources, I could also provide inspiration.”
A woman walks in the door one person.
Nervous. Scared. Insecure.
Nine weeks later she graduates with a new identity — Runner.
Confident. Courageous. Motivated. Transformed.