Fall 2023: Thursday, August 31st through Thursday, November 9th Little River, SC 29566 US Directions
Beginner Walking & Running Workshop for Women



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 2023 Workshop: Thursday, August 31st to Thursday, November 9th. Workshops meet at 5:30 - 6:45 p.m, rain or shine! NOTE THE NEW DAY OF THE WEEK…THURSDAY!

Registration for Fall 2023 closes on September 14, 2023.

Spring 2024 Workshop: Thursdays beginning the first week of March until mid-May. Workshops meet at 5:30 - 6:45 p.m, rain or shine!


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. 

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.


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


$40 through August 31, 2023 (Week #1) then $45 through September 14, 2023 (Week #3).  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. 

♥  Register Online at www.FirstStridesNMB.com



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 each Spring and Fall with some modifications relating to COVID-19. First Strides® NMB is here to stay.



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