>General Running>Invitation to join age 50 and over group
No, this is not a 50 mile or even a 50 K group! I belong to the user group "50 and over 5k and beyond" which, as the name implies is made of runners all over the age of 50. Some of us, like me, are close to or over 70! We comment on our runs and races and occasionally other topics like vegetable gardens, cooking, home repairs and car restorations. There were like a dozen members when I joined the group several years ago, but now there are just a handful of regular posters. I would like the group to become a little more active with some new members so I am extending an open invitation to check out the group and join us if you wish! Right now we have only one female member and it would be nice to hear more from their perspective. It is also alright if you are more of a walker or cyclist, it is good to learn about different exercises and training. We just start a new topic each month for all the posts, this month it is "October already! I just looked around and Summer's gone!" So if you are over 50 and would like someplace where you can post your runs and get commentary on your training consider joining us at https://www.runningahead.com/groups/50o5K/
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We tried before to get these groups more active (including 60 and over) but had no luck. The Masters group is quite active and everyone has gravitated there. Most of us are well over 40 with probably most in their 60s!
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RunnerKSA - I see there is a Masters group (40+) and a Senior Masters (60+) group and I may join those to check them out, not sure how active, if at all, the Seniors group is. I think the Masters group may be too active, if their are multiple members posting each day there is just not enough time to expect the detailed feedback comments you get in a smaller group. I am not trying to get a huge influx of new members to our group, anywhere from just a single new poster to maybe 6 new ones would be a great addition..
Well, we are quite happy with the Masters group and have very active members. You are welcome to join us!
+1 It's a good group with folks commenting and participating as much or as little as they like. We have walkers, road runners, trail runners, cyclists, swimmers, dog lovers, cat lovers, bakers, cooks - just about every category!
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I'm reviving this thread and making another attempt to attract some new members for our "50 and over 5K and beyond" group. As was commented before, it is difficult to increase activity in some of the groups. Most prefer simply to continue with the very active and popular "Masters" group. Although that is a fine group there is the disadvantage with so much activity that it is difficult to read all the posts, let alone reply to all of them. In a smaller, more intimate group you get to know each member and share encouragements and experiences! Often we post photographs of our runs and talk about other topics, like gardening, family gatherings and various hobbies. Please feel free to visit and if you are not interested in joining we would still welcome a post telling about yourself and your running experiences. I realize many will not want the bother, but if you think you might like to check it out here is a link: https://www.runningahead.com/groups/50o5K/
Runningahead used to be socially active.
A lot of inaction lead to lack of activity.
And, I suppose, other social media options (ie. FB Groups) have become more suitable.
I have many fond memories here, but these last few years here on RA have been tough.
I feel bad for Eric and those vested in this, but believe that this type of site is in its dying days based on other options.
ETA... With that said, I'm a couple months from 50, and was intrigued enough to begin looking at this thread.
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I was a moderator on a college website for over 12 years. It's a great resource with lots of people giving good advice to kids looking for schools. But the number of users has declined dramatically over the years - kids use Reddit even though it's not as reliable.
kercan - You are a great athlete with full Ironmans under your belt! I hope you chose to join our group when you reach 50, I think you will have a lot to share!
Teresadfp and kercan- True that many websites have declined in use as social media groups become dominate! I belong to Facebook running groups as well, but rarely post. There are thousands of people in those groups, you can't get to know them all or expect them to know you. So a smaller group in RA works better for me! Plus the other features available, I first joined just so I could create my own running maps! Before that and getting a GPS watch I just had a few routes I ran where I used the car odometer to estimate distance!
Are we there, yet?
Perhaps people identify more with the type of running they do rather than age. I'm much more active in Trailer Trash and Ultrarunning than in any of the groups for older runners. I also used to be active in a group that focused on track races, but I stopped competing on the track, so I stopped posting there.
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wcrunner - Everyone is different! As an older runner I feel I have more in common with others near my years that are having some of the same issues I'm having. That said, I'm more than 20 years older than 50, so perhaps a better fit would be a 70+ group and I am on a Facebook group of that age range. Actually, many in the 50 and over group are close to my age. I am trying to Boston Qualify so it would be great to have a sub-4:20 marathon group, but it is hard to maintain existing specialty groups, let alone start a new one!
Age-related issues are the topics of most interest in the Masters forum.
Mainly injuries. But also retirement, investments, what the grandkids did or didn't do, weather (actually that's the 2nd most mentioned topic after injuries), travel, and how to keep those dang kids off your lawn.
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