Staying Active

Thrive! encourages the Berea College campus community to stay active. Learn about our physical wellness initiatives below.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K is a 9-week program that takes you from little to no running to being able to run for 30 minutes straight. At the end of the program, we run a local 5K! Registration is covered for those who attend 80% of workouts.


Sessions are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The workouts last between 30 to 40 minutes. Offered during Fall, Spring and Summer terms.

Number of sessions and times offered are subject to staff availability.

Step Challenges

Thrive! hosts an annual One Million Steps challenge. It kicks off on Mountain Day and ends the last day of classes in April. We host other special step challenges throughout the year with special giveaways.

Students and employees can sign up for these challenges through the MoveSpring mobile app. Download MoveSpring for iOS or MoveSpring for Android to get started!

Any wearable tracking device will connect with our challenge platform. If you don’t already own a device, students can purchase a Fitbit Flex 2 for only $10!

Email Thrive! at for more information on how to obtain a Fitbit.

Hike the Pinnacles

Sign-up for a guided group hike led by the Forestry Outreach Center. A shuttle takes students from alumni circle to the pinnacles on most Saturdays during the regular fall and spring terms (weather and staff availability permitting). The shuttle leaves at 12:45 pm and returns at 3:30 pm.

Sign-up sheets are at the front desk in the Alumni Building.