In the Sault, springtime is more than a calendar change: it’s a release. We can go outside without all the heavy clothing, and even the sun feels lighter on our face. NOW, at this moment of inspiration, is the best time to start a journey into fitness.

Catalyst coaches provide two things: inspiration (through example and accountability) and education (we teach something new at every class.) Our Couch to 5k running group delivers both. Get ready for ANY race or simple personal time trial, or enjoy our favourite, the Mountain Maple. It’s a beautiful, beginner-friendly course through shady hardwoods on St. Joseph Island. The terrain is a packed-earth rollercoaster that peaks in a 19th-century apple orchard, and finishes with a glorious downhill sprint across grass. With a bit of prep, you can enjoy it as much as we do.

Just want to go outside and find some sun?

This is for you. The biggest hurdle to running for most people (other than hurdlers!) is the fear of pain. Running is great exercise: do it right, and you’ll love it. Do it wrong, and it can limit everything else you do! Like any other skill, it needs to be practiced with good technique under the guidance of a coach. Build up slow, with good form, and you’ll virtually float by. Do it the ‘other’ way, and your knees will hurt; your shins will throb; your feet will cramp.

Coach Mike Watson has been through it all. He’s worked with veterans and beginners alike and has done his share of running! He’s also a TON of FUN.

Gather with your friends, and tackle the prettiest 5k of the year. The Mountain Maple one hundred metres at a time. If you can walk, you can run!!

No running experience? We’re looking for you!

Looking to PR your best 5k time? We’ve got you covered!

A plan is the best bet.

Join us and reserve your spot early.

Wednesday evenings at 4:30, starting April 7th.

$125 plus HST includes 6 – 1 hour coached sessions, fun homework to do on your own AND your registration to the Mountain Maple.

A fantastic group that makes a big difference.

Our Couch to 5k group is coached: you’ll learn safe running technique; exercises to build your “cardio” without just packing on miles; optimal recovery and mobility moves; and how to track your progress.

Like all groups at Catalyst, this is far more than a “show up and run with other people” program.

Register here