Couch To 5K and beyond!

What’s your resolution this year?

Whether it’s improving your pace or running a 5k/10k for the first time, we got you covered.

No Registration Fee!

Get all the expertise and training from our team of coaches and mentors, starting this Feb 3rd. Change a kids' life for a year by raising funds!

First Run + Information Session (Open For All)

When? Feb 3rd (Saturday) 9 AM
Where? Baylands Park, Sunnyvale

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Running – New Bee

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    Never ran before

    This is your chance to give a good start to your great running journey. Come join us for a 7 week well planned training from our experienced coaches.

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    Why Run with Asha

    We have experienced coaches and captains who will help you in learning the techniques of endurance running. The program is completely driven by a bunch of volunteers who are passionate about running and for the cause of Asha for Education.

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    We run so they can read

    Average amount needed to support a kid for a year in India is $60. Change 3 kids lives by sparing a small amount of your time. To make this effort worthwhile for the various volunteers putting in their time, we request for a minimum fundraising target of 200$ per person.

TIMELINE

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    Registrations Open

    The free registration opens on January 15th, 2018.

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    Open Run

    Free for all (No need for registration) on Feb 3rd, 2018 9 AM – Baylands Park, Sunnyvale. RSVP Now!

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    Registration Close

    Feb 10th, 2018

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    Recommitment Deadline

    Feb 10, 2018 – This is the last date to withdraw from the program. Anyone who continues to train beyond this date will be required to fundraise the minimum amount.

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    Target Run

    Spring Holi Run, March 25th, 2018

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    Fundraising Deadline

    March 31st, 2018

If you are worried about committing to the program, we invite you to the first run which are open to all without a need for enrollment or a commitment to fundraise.

By 2nd weekend run, you would be required to ‘recommit’ to our program: a commitment to finish your fundraising target as per our deadline.


  • Program
  • Couch to 5K/10K & Beyond
  • Team Asha Marathon Running Program – Season 1 & 2
  • Couch to 5K/10K & Beyond + Team Asha Marathon Running Program – Season 1 & 2
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  • Minimum FR Target
  • $200
  • $900
  • $900
  • Fundraising Deadline
  • March 31st
  • Team Asha Running Season 1 – Aug 12th

    Team Asha Running Season 1 + 2 – Nov 15th

  • Couch to 5K/10 & Beyond + Season 1 – Aug 12th

    Couch to 5K/10 & Beyond + Season 1 +2 – Nov 15th


All the money raised through this program gets distributed among 250+ NGOs that we work with across 24 states in India.
Donors like you help us ensure that kids don’t just attend school and they actually learn.We support our project partners in India who have diverse education needs – it could be a supplementary school, school with special needs, vocational training classes or digital education.To give a brief idea of some of our projects:

To learn more about our projects and locations, please visit http://sv.ashanet.org/projects/.

Asha for Education is a 100% transparent and volunteer driven organization. Every single $ you raise are distributed to our projects. All the coaches train athletes for no cost and in fact they fund raise just like any other athlete enrolled in our program. As much as $20 makes a year’s worth of difference to a child.

  1. Start your fundraising early – this helps in reaching out to more people and raise way more than your minimum target.
  2. Most of the profit companies in the Bay Area do company matching. All your donations can be doubled by applying for company match. Learn more about it here.
  3. Every single hour you volunteer for ANY NGO can be used towards your fundraising through ‘volunteer hour grants’.
  4. Another great way to fundraise is to organize a lunch sale at your workplace or in your friends circle. You also get a chance to explain about various projects Asha supports. Read this article to see how a Alumni raised funds.
  5. Lose your inhibitions – you are asking people to donate for a great cause. It’s important to explain why you are training through Team Asha and how proud your donors should be because they are helping every child in leading a better life!
  6. If you are artsy & crafty, this will be an amazing way to show your talent. You can ask people to donate towards your FR for every item you sell.
  7. General donations to Asha for Education by the athlete in the same fiscal year can be accounted towards FR target. (donations to fundraising campaigns such as Work An Hour, Support A Child etc and events will not be considered).
  8. Tips from our Asha alumni.
    Be sure to attend our fundraising clinic to learn more!
This is a very valid concern that every new member of Team Asha has. We will help you with ideas, materials, fundraising clinics etc to help you with your fundraising. During every weekend training, your group captain will help you keep on track. Till date, more than 80% of our runners have raised more than the minimum fundraising targets.
Team Asha mentors and other Asha volunteers will work with you throughout the program and beyond to help you honor your pledge of raising the target amount. Please see this program as a means of supporting and encouraging the underprivileged children and not simply a running-training program. Without your fundraising efforts, it would be difficult for Asha to continue supporting these projects. We urge you to do your best to honor your commitment in helping these children. If in the end you still fail to reach the target then you are required to cover the balance by yourself.
Asha for Education is a 100% volunteer driven organization. Asha-SV has a list of projects we support every year. 100% of your donation goes towards the projects because our operating expenses will be covered by the registration fee you pay. If you want to donate to a particular project of your interest, please contact sv.projects@ashanet.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is new training program we have launched to begin the new year with a bang! Come and get training from our very experienced coaches who have been associated with Asha for more than 10 years. This program will include a 7 week training plan starting Feb 3 that will help any new or returning runners to work towards the Asha Spring Holi Run on March 25th, 2018. This program includes a fundraising component (which is standard across all our training programs). Registered runners will be required to commit towards raising $200 by March 31st. These funds will be utilized entirely towards non-profit efforts to educate children in India.
There isn’t a minimum fitness level to join the training program. However, as with any exercise program, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before beginning physical training.

Every year we get a lot of runners who are new to endurance sports, especially running. 99% of first-time runners have successfully completed both full and half marathons.

Asha for Education is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to bringing socio-economic change in India using primarily the medium of education. To read more about Asha’s charter and projects please visit our website.
Team Asha is a premier endurance sports program that trains people for half and full marathons. It is organized by the Silcon Valley chapter of Asha for Education and is one of its key avenue for raising funds.
Through this program, we hope to encourage people – both new to the world of endurance running as well as experienced runners – to make a physical and fiscal commitment to help provide a better future for underprivileged children in India.
1. A comprehensive training package conducted by professional, experienced coaches.
2. Schedules for everyday training. This will be a well-paced training program consisting of hard-training days, easy-training days, rest days, suggestions for cross-training, strength training and more.
3. The opportunity to draw from the experience of coaches and past runners.
4. The opportunity to network with past marathoners and fellow runners in the local community.
The opportunity to discuss ideas with past participants and people who have raised funds.
All training runs will be in one of the parks in South Bay on Saturday mornings.
Costs include race registrations, running gear like shoes and apparel, food/drink supplies during long runs. Finally, depending on the raceyou choose, you will bear your travel expenses.
1. Train for about 7 weeks
2. Join the entire group for a weekly long run (Saturdays).
3. Do short runs or cross-training with mentors once or twice a week.
4. Raise funds as mentioned in Fund Raising page.
5. Join in the socials and parties, make merry and enjoy with fellow runners.
This is a valid concern that many new members of Team Asha have. We will help you with ideas, materials, fundraising clinics, etc., to help you with your fundraising. To date, over 99% of our runners have successfully met their fundraising target.
Team Asha mentors and other Asha volunteers will work with you throughout the program and beyond to help you honor your pledge of raising the target amount. Please see this program as a means of supporting and encouraging the underpriviliged children and not simply a marathon-training program. Without your fundraising efforts, it would be difficult for Asha to continue supporting these projects. We urge you to do your best to honor your commitment in helping these children. If in the end you still fail to reach the target then you are required to cover the balance by yourself.
The funds raised will go towards some selected projects. You will have the opportunity to learn about the projects for which you’ll be helping to raise money.
Our operating expenses are minimal and are covered with funds raised through special events like the Spring Run as well as the registration fees that you pay. Hence 100% of the funds you raise will go to projects.
Please send an email to run@sv.team-asha.org.