Adults and families get off your couch and train for Spirit Run’s 5K

If you have never run a 5K or need a tune up, Spirit Run’s Couch to 5K program is perfect for you. Spirit Run’s coaches will slowly build your endurance to move you off the couch to running a 5K.

Training will take place Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. at Newport Harbor High beginning January 31 and culminating in participating in Spirit Run on March 27th.

Adults and families Coach Ashton

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Coach Ashton competing for UCI’s Cross Country and Track Team

Spirit Run’s Couch to 5K coaches are excited to meet you. This is Coach Ashton’s third year with the program. He competed for UCI’s Cross Country and Track Team where he made the Big West All-Academic Team three consecutive years. Coach Ashton wants to let you know, “Being able to come back and rejoin the program is exhilarating and amazing. I am so happy to help those that join us and get others to fall in love with such a great sport!”

Adult and families Coach Thomas

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Coach Thomas breaking tape at the Surf City Marathon

Newport Beach native Coach Thomas is proud to join the program. He placed first in the Surf City Marathon in 2020 and is a USA Olympic Trials Qualifier in the Half Marathon. He competed for Princeton and Corona del Mar High School. He’s delighted to support Spirit Run and you, explaining, “I am excited to coach because it will be gratifying to introduce others to the sport and watch them achieve their goals.”

Couch to 5K registration is open to adults and families. The modest registration fee covers your entry into Spirit Run’s 5K. As an extra incentive for Stu News readers, for today only, Spirit Run is offering a 20% discount with code “STUNEWS.” Registration is available at