A look at Raleigh running clubs you might want to check out(updated Oct 2018)

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!

Fleet Feet Sports

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.

Pub Runs & Run Clubs

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. The Raleigh Brewing Run Club, at 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. And the Bond Brother’s Run Club, is sponsored by Bond Brothers Beer Company, Fleet Feet Sports of Morrisville, and Asics, meets at Bond Brothers Beer Company on Cedar Street @6:30pm every Tuesday for a 3, 4, or 5 mile run through downtown Cary followed by hydration therapy in the taproom and biergarten. All paces welcome, and they encourage beginners!

Roadrunners Club

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.

Triangle Turtles & Hares

The Triangle Turtles & Hares has  2000 “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.

I am excited to explore each of these clubs & make new friends while pounding the pavement all over Raleigh!


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This post was written by Lisa Jackson, Senior listing Broker at Spencer Properties and was updated on October 24, 2018.