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"C25K is easy to use, as you would hope for a beginner app." - New York Times

"Daily programs that alternate between short bursts of walking and running until you're ready to go the distance." - Forbes

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"In this last year I have lost 97 lbs, gotten off insulin and 9 other medications, completed the C25K running app and started the 10k app. Life is a blessing." - Diana

“I went from a size 16 to a size 7. I tell anyone I can about the app. because it was nothing short of a life changer.” - Amber

"I'm now down 50 pounds from when I began C25K in August. I've gone through the program 3 times increasing my speed by a half MPH each time." - Claire

C25K® is the easiest program to get beginners from couch potatoes to 5K distance runners in 8 weeks.

The proven C25K program was designed for inexperienced runners who are just beginning an exercise routine. The plan's structure prevents new runners from giving up and at the same time challenges them to continue moving forward. C25K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking, gradually building up strength and stamina.

≈ Less is More ≈
◎ Easy to learn. Just press start!
◎ Ideal for first-time runners
◎ 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week, 8 weeks total. Millions have finished their first 5K. You will too!

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◉ BRAND NEW MUSIC curated from top DJ's, built right into the app (subscription)! Scientifically proven to increase motivation by 35%
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◉ Light and dark modes
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What's New

Version 4.8.1

◎ optimized layout issues

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.3K Ratings
2.3K Ratings

Very buggy with iPhone 7+ and Apple Watch

I got this to use with my 7 plus and my Apple Watch. First, it keeps prompting me to turn on motion and fitness settings every time I open it, even though I've checked and double checked that it is, in fact, turned on. The most annoying part, though, is that I don't get audible notifications in my headphones when the phone is locked and in my pocket. I have to have it unlocked to get them. I've made sure my phone is not set to silent. And even if I turn off the auto-lock, it still sleeps in my pocket because of the light sensors. I don't remember having this problem on my previous phone, or with previous versions of the app.

Worse is the Apple Watch app. They take a long time to sync, and , most notably, if the app is running on my Apple Watch and my phone is in my pocket (how I ideally wanted to use it), I get nothing. Not a vibration, a sound, anything. I have to constantly check the timer while I'm running. The best solution I've found is to run the app on my phone, lock it and put it in my pocket, but NOT run it on my Watch. I will get push notifications on the Watch saying to run or walk. I don't, however, get to see the timer without pulling out my phone or opening the app no the Watch, which defeats the purpose.

2 stars because it does what it should IF you are willing to hold your phone unlocked for your entire run. Needs improvements. I'll be looking into other options.

Developer Response

Hello Sarah,

Please update to version 4.7. Looks like this review hasn't been updated since 2017. We've made a ton of optimizations and even added new features! We're sure you'll love it. C25K is a labor of love, so we hope you find these additional features useful. Please take a moment to update this review if you enjoy it. Thank you! :)


I actually enjoy running now

The app is easy to use. And it's like having a friend and coach by your side. The workouts are challenging yet achievable, so I want to keep using it. Because of this app I now enjoy running, and I appreciate it very much.

I can echo the sentiments of the other reviewers, that the app keeps asking you to write a review even if you already wrote one.

I don't think the makers of this app actually read these reviews (I think the reviews are more or less for the purchasers of the app), so I'm going to see if I can contact them about this. I hope everybody else does too, if they haven't already done so. I think the app is good, and it can be better if we just let 'em know what the issues are.


Does the job but...

I have used Get Running app for a while and my husband convinced me to try this one out so i paid the $4.99 for the Pro version. I don’t like how the voice doesn’t give you reminders or updates. In fact, 2 seconds into your run/wall is when she’ll tell you “Start running/walking”. It would be nice if she said, “get ready to run in 10 seconds......start running now.” And it would be nice if she could tell us where we are within the run “you have two runs left before we cool down.” basically if it was just like Get Running, it would be better. Husband said the apps on the free version pop up all throughout your run. Husband also agreed that he liked Get Running app best. This does the job if you want to run, but it’s just not for me. Oh, well!

Developer Response

We've fixed all these issues and even added additional features in version 4.7. We hope you love the new enhanced UI. C25K is a labor of love. If you find these new features helpful, please take a moment to update this review. Thank you! :)


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112.1 MB
Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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