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Fall 2024: Thursday, August 29th through Thursday, November 7th Little River, SC 29566 US Directions
Beginner Walking & Running Workshop for Women


First Strides® NMB Workshop

$40 Price increases after August 29, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT
Open to ages 12+.


North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex - Amphitheater
150 Citizens Circle
Little River, SC US 29566




Beginner Walking & Running Workshop for Women



Do you sometimes imagine yourself fit and strong, striding comfortably down the road during an easy workout or maybe even a 5K event?


You know being more active makes you healthier, but you may not know how to get started?

This gradual program will help you comfortably progress to walking, jogging, running or some combination at a pace that's right for you.


First Strides® was conceived as a way to get women off the couch and doing a walking routine they could do for the rest of their life. The program accommodates all levels of paces…many women stick to walking while other women might jog or run. It is all self paced…you are grouped according to your striding ability and preference…walkers are grouped together while joggers and runners are in separate groups. The program is designed for you and you’ll fit right in!



FALL 2024 Workshop:  Thursday, August 29 to Thursday, November 7. Workshops meet at 5:30 - 6:45 p.m, rain or shine! Registration for FALL 2024 opens on July 1st, 2024. $40 registration fee until August 29th then an increase to $45 until registration closes on September 5th.


Spring 2025 Workshop: Proposed Thursday, March 5th to Thursday, May 14th, 5:30-6:45 p.m., rain or shine - registration for the Spring 2025 workshop will open after the Fall 2024 workshop is completed.



North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex - Amphitheater (SW corner of Route 31 and Robert Edge Parkway)  Address: 150 Citizen's Circle, Little River, SC



Women 12 to 112 years of all shapes, sizes and abilities. No experience necessary!  Bring your daughters, mothers, neighbors, co-workers, friends or come solo. No pets or children under 12 years of age.


Exercise is good for your immunity!  Please take precautions to protect others.



Weekly workshops include stretching, a group walk/jog/run, and a brief discussion of various topics relevant to walking/running (e.g.,  proper shoes, injury prevention, safety, health, nutrition and more). Come dressed for activity and the weather. 


Weekly Schedule

Check in...for attendance credit
Mentor Introduction
Group Pre-Stretch
Walk/jog/run Workout
Group Post-Stretch
Final Announcements

Homework:  2 additional weekly workouts on your own time



All who complete this program will be able to participate in and complete a private 5K WALK / RUN (3.1 miles) on the last workshop night (Week #11).



Area walking and running enthusiasts from the Grand Strand Running Club (GSRC) and others volunteer their time to lead and support your progress!



$40 until 11:59 pm the day the session begins, then $45 until 11:59 pm the workshop day in Week #2.  Fee includes weekly workshops including instruction, group walk/run workout, mentors, literature, the 5K Walk/Run event  and a graduation shirt (if earned...must attend 8 workshops).  Workshop fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. 


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The First Strides® program was founded in 1997 in Allentown, PA by Jane Serues. It still continues there today with over 8000 women participating. In 2001, First Strides was recognized with a national award by Road Runners Club of America and has the highest graduation rate of any beginners program.


In 2019, Jane introduced the program in North Myrtle Beach, co-presented by the Grand Strand Running Club and the City of North Myrtle Beach. The Fall 2019 First Strides® NMB workshop attracted over 170 females. Since then, workshops have been held Spring and Fall. First Strides® NMB is here to stay thanks to the support of our sponsors, especially the Grand Strand Running Club and our wonderful volunteers mentors!


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