I first started running 15 years ago while waiting for my children to complete their 5am swim practice so I could take them to school. It seemed like the perfect time to fit my daily exercise into my crazy schedule. I am no longer needed for carpool, but still enjoy my daily runs. Instead of crack of dawn lopes alone, I’m now seeking a way to incorporate my love of running into a way to expand my social circle. Running clubs for all abilities abound in the Raleigh area!
I started my search for a good fit with Fleet Feet Sports which has a shop in my North Raleigh neighborhood. They sponsor several pub running clubs that combine exercise with hydration therapy. nOg Run Club at 614 Glenwood Avenue has weekly social runs & organizes such events as the St Paddy’s Day Green 8K Run & Oktoberfest 8K which raises money for 14 different local charities. Big Boss Run Club meets at 7pm on Tuesday evenings during the spring & summer & Sundays in the winter at 1249 Wicker Drive for weekly runs & dinner afterwards from a rotating crew of food trucks. Raleigh Brewing Run Club, 3709 Neil Street, meets Wednesday evenings at 6:30 & often invites shoe reps to attend. They also sponsor themed runs such as the Zombie Run & Ugly Sweater Run.
I also am looking into joining the North Carolina Roadrunners Club which promotes participating in the community by offering training runs, leisurely jogs & walks, social events, races & volunteer opportunities. For only a $25 individual membership fee, I can participate in all Club functions, receive an individualized training plan, get discounts on race entry fees and be eligible for discounts at shoe & clothing stores. NCRC sponsors The Celebration 5K & Family Mile, American Tobacco Trail 10 Miler, a half-marathon & Run for the Roses. $35 family memberships are also available.
The Triangle Turtles & Hares has 1638 “different pace” members & is free to join. This group is a great for those new to running & veterans. While many members clock 10-15 minute miles, those who prefer a faster clip will find plenty of running buddies. Several of their meet-ups include a Brier Creek Night Run, Swift Creek Greenway Run, Crabtree Creek Trail Run & an Umstead Trail Walk/Run. They are currently seeking sponsors, and I will definitely be recommending to Spencer Properties where I work as listing broker, to support an investment in their races.
I am excited to explore each of these clubs & make new friends while pounding the pavement!
This post was written by Lisa Jackson, Senior listing Broker at Spencer Properties.