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Running Clubs (Read 1217 times)

    Has anybody belonged to a running club? Why did you join? Was it for social reasons or training, or both? I notice some running clubs offer discounts on race fees & in some retail stores. Do you/did you find joining a club worthwhile?

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    A Dance with Monkeys

      Has anybody belonged to a running club? Why did you join? Was it for social reasons or training, or both? I notice some running clubs offer discounts on race fees & in some retail stores. Do you/did you find joining a club worthwhile?
      I belong to a local running club. They organize a lot of training runs and have a useful (and sometimes not-so-useful) message board which are free to the community. But I like to support those who support me and the fee is $18 per year (cheap). When you join, you get discounts in local running stores (one pair of shoes can cover the cost), a newsletter and a few events during the year for runners only. They also have a program in which you volunteer at a couple of races and then get to run one for free.
        I have belonged to running clubs, I do not currently. I joined mostly to have people to train with--particularly for track workouts. It was also nice for social reasons, to have people to hang out with at races, do team events like relay's etc, and there were club sponsored races and discounts. I thought it was worthwhile, but after a while my schedule was not really conducive to training with other people very often or even trying to coordinate my racing calendar with a club's. I may join a running club again in the future.

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        Jeri from Houston

          I have belonged to the Bay Area Running Cllub (BARC) in the Houston area for about 29 years. I joined to become a part of one of the most competitive Masters club in the Area. We raced every distance from 100 meters to Marathons. This week I passed another milestone. I have 66,018 miles of running since 1978 for an average of 10K a day
            The Ancient City Road Runners! A very active bunch with some elite, and very helpful, runners. Actually, about a dozen of us are heading to the Chicago Marathon this year... Smile
              I belong to a local running club. They organize a lot of training runs and have a useful (and sometimes not-so-useful) message board which are free to the community. But I like to support those who support me and the fee is $18 per year (cheap). When you join, you get discounts in local running stores (one pair of shoes can cover the cost), a newsletter and a few events during the year for runners only. They also have a program in which you volunteer at a couple of races and then get to run one for free.
              I joined the Dallas Running Club forsome of the same reasons. With the discount at the running shoe store + the discount on the race I signed up for - it's already "paid" for my annual membership. A nice benefit is some of the races they offer free to members that I wouldn't have normally known about. For example, next weekend I'm doing their Flapjack 5 Miler with the kids doing a 1k fun run. Mmmmm. Pancakes.

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              Dog-Love

                Has anybody belonged to a running club? Why did you join? Was it for social reasons or training, or both? I notice some running clubs offer discounts on race fees & in some retail stores. Do you/did you find joining a club worthwhile?
                I belong to the southeast roadrunners (http://www.southeastroadrunners.org/ and I joined because they put on 99% of the Juneau races and they are a really cohesive and organized running group. Juneau is a small but quite fast running community and my goal is to get more Juneau folks who run slower than 10 minute miles to participate in runs, just for the health of it. Our running club has an annual competition and if you run a lot of SERR races you can usually get a prize.
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                  i've never belonged to a club, but have been wishing there was one in my area. that said, I'm not sure I would be able to coordinate my schedule with any weekly runs they might do, but some of the other benefits mentioned here would be nice. I would especially like to be part of a group that organizes races and gets more people out there for the joy of it.
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                    I belong to the Wabash Valley Road Runners. It's been great for me. The club has a training group that trains for an area half marathon every year. We get together for long runs on Saturday and shorter runs/speedwork on Tuesdays from January to May. The club provides water stops on the long runs. We all take a bus together to the race and wear WVRR singlets. They sponsor 6-7 races per year in the area. Last year I ran them all and saved a couple bucks off of each one which pretty much paid for my membership. The club puts on a free summer running class/club for kids during the summer and my kids love it. They also sponsor a kid's noncompetitive triathlon during the summer. Our club has 4 RRCA certified coaches who designed a specialized training plan for dh this year to get him to a sub-2:00 half in time for the race this year. There are group workouts that you can attend almost any night of the week. Groups are always getting together to train for this marathon or that relay. I was just asked to join a relay team for the Illinois River to River Relay made up of other club members. The social aspect has been a great bonus. Dh and I have made several new friends through the club. Most of our old friends are pretty sedentary and not much interested in going on 40 mile long bike rides or hiking through the mountains. It's nice to have new friends to share our new (healthier) interests with. Teresa
                      I've joined Wellington Scottish (http://www.scottishathletics.org.nz). My husband and I just moved to Wellington a few months ago (previously from the UK) and it has been a really good way to meet new people and make some friends, as well as finding out all the best places to run!
                        I had thought about joining one so I could have a group to run with if I wanted and have a group to do speed work with but the huge track club here does most of their events north of town I think which is a pretty long drive for me so I haven't joined.
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                        My dogs are fast, not me

                          I belong to the Memphis Runners Track Club. I joined because they sponsor a lot of the local races and I get a discount on race fees and at athletic stores around Memphis. They have lots of group runs and as I get more experience, I'd like to take part in those, too. They also put out a monthly magazine which is great with training ideas, results, etc. and the web site is really nice. I love having all the local race info available in one place. http://www.memphisrunners.com/ Robin
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                            Not a member of a club----yet. I hope to find one when I am convinced that I won't quit running, this time. Confused Anyone know of a club in Bucks County PA???
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                            CPT Curmudgeon

                              Not a member of a club----yet. I hope to find one when I am convinced that I won't quit running, this time. Confused Anyone know of a club in Bucks County PA???
                              How about the Bucks County Road Runners club? http://www.bcrr.info/
                                Not a member of a club----yet. I hope to find one when I am convinced that I won't quit running, this time. Confused Anyone know of a club in Bucks County PA???
                                Bucks County Road Runners - a friend of mine is in that club. I ran a HM relay with the them, very nice people. The club is pretty big, something like 150 members (so I was told).

                                Michelle



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