How to Join 5 Rivers

How do I join 5 Rivers Running Team? Show up at a practice or run! It’s that simple.

Membership is open to runners of all abilities and ages, 18 years and above. Our membership spans a broad range from recreational runners to veteran athletes who participate in road races, marathons, ultra-marathons, trail runs, relays, and multi-sport events during the year.

There are no formal membership dues, but a voluntary $5 per month donation is always appreciated. Donations are not tracked. All donations are used to offset club expenses such as the website, social activities like the annual Christmas Party, and USA Track & Field membership dues.

So, no matter if you are new to running, or a veteran runner, you will always feel welcome as a member of the 5 Rivers Running Team. 

For additional information about the 5 Rivers Running Team please contact us at

About 5 Rivers

5 Rivers Running Team successfully trains novice to veteran runners for distances ranging from 1500M to the marathon, as well as ultra distances.

Training with us will help improve your running in a motivating and fun environment. If you are new to running, a veteran runner, or new to the area, you will always feel welcome training with the 5 Rivers Running Team.

The team supports many events throughout the year:

Competitive races and relays
ORRRC Team Series Races
Group training runs
Fun runs (Team Bandit Relay)
Social gatherings
Community service programs

About the Coach

Coach Jeff Lucas took over after the previous coach retired. He founded the 5 Rivers Running Team with Dale Fox and acted as vice president for many years.

Former Coach

Coach Dale Fox had a successful Masters’ and Grandmasters’ racing career at distances from 1500-meters to the marathon. Fox trained with the legendary 1964 5000M Olympic Gold Medal Champion Bob Schul from 1985 to 2002 as a member of the Bob Schul Racing Team (BSRT).

In 2002, Coach Fox retired from competitive racing and relocated to Pensacola, Florida where he began his coaching career. In 2002, he formed and coached the Emerald Coast Racing Team (ECRT). In 2006, he returned to Ohio and formed the 5 Rivers Running Team that he coached until 2020. Coach Fox now lives in Florida.

Coach Fox was inducted into the Dayton Distance Running Hall of Fame in 2011.

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