Raleigh Running Clubs Worth Checking Out
A note from Lisa Jackson, Senior Listing Broker At Spencer Properties on her experience with Raleigh Running Clubs
“I first started running 15 years ago while waiting for my children to complete their 5 am 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 now seek opportunities to run and expand my social circle. Luckily, there are tons of great running clubs for all abilities around the Raleigh area many of which include a beverage too! Here’s what I’ve found…”
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 what I like to call “hydration therapy”.
When Fleet Feet first opened in the Raleigh area, they set out to be more than a running gear store. They were determined to build a running community. Through their commitment to supporting the local active community, they’ve organized pub runs and run clubs all over the city.
“We’re lucky to live in a community that has enough runners and walkers to support a variety of options,” says Fleet Feet, “These days, you don’t have to look too hard to find a welcoming group of running buddies!”
How great?! Fleet Feet Sports sponsors the following events and clubs.
nOg Run Club
nOg Run Club at 614 Glenwood Avenue meets weekly on Mondays! The group heads out into Raleigh on mapped 3, 4, 5, and 6-mile loops at 6 p.m. A $5 “runner’s dinner” awaits members who finish as well as weekly draft beer specials. Participate with the group in their annual St Paddy’s Day 4 Miler & Oktoberfest 4 Miler which both raise money for 14 different local charities!
Big Boss Run Club
Big Boss Run Club at 1249 Wicker Drive meets at 7 pm on Tuesday evenings during the spring, summer, and on Sundays in the winter. The weekly run group takes to the Capital Area Greenway for a “social fun run”. Upon returning you’ll enjoy beer specials from the Big Boss taproom and a variety of food trucks.
Join the Big Boss Run Club’s Facebook group to stay in the loop!
Bond Brother’s Run Club
Bond Brother’s Run Club at 202 E. Cedar St., Cary meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. for a 3, 4, or 5-mile run through downtown. Post run, head to the taproom or Biergarten for some re-hydration. The club is sponsored by Bond Brothers Beer Company, Fleet Feet Sports of Morrisville, and Asics. Beginners are encouraged!
Don’t miss a step–follow them on Facebook!
The Raleigh Brewing Run Club
The Raleigh Brewing Run Club at 3709 Neil Street, Raleigh meets every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The group heads out for a 3-4 mile run and returns for a pint and dinner at one of the rotating food trucks. Often the group will invite a local shoe rep giving runners an opportunity to try a new pair of kicks! The Raleigh Brewing Run Club is also known for hosting different “themed” runs like their annual “Zombie Run” or “Ugly Sweater Run”! Dogs are welcome!
Connect on Facebook for more up-to-date information!
North Carolina Roadrunners Club
As I continued my search for Raleigh running clubs, I came across the North Carolina Roadrunners Club. The club came about in 1979 with the help of a local sporting goods shop in Raleigh and still, today, continues to be the Triangle’s connection for all things running!
“We come from all walks of life in all shapes and sizes. We train together, swap stories, travel to races, volunteer at races and all those things ‘runners do’ but more importantly, NCRC is about belonging to a community. Whether it’s training for a first 5K or completing a 100 mile Ultra for the 20th time, the common bond of running and walking creates a special family.”
The NC Roadrunners Club offers everything from training runs to leisurely jobs, walks, social events, races, and volunteer opportunities. An annual membership can be purchased for $25 / individual ($35 family memberships available) and allows you to participate in all club functions. In addition, you’ll receive an individualized training plan, discounts on race entry fees, and discounts at running shoes and clothing stores in the area. Check out the events they sponsor annually including The Celebration 5K & Family Mile, American Tobacco Trail 10 Miler and half-marathon, and the Run For The Roses.
Triangle Turtles & Hares
Another great Raleigh area runner’s group you might be interested in (as I was) is the Triangle Turles & Hares Running Group. What sets this group apart from other triangle running clubs is that the majority of its 2000 members don’t run faster than nine-minute miles, many run 10-15 minute miles or slower! This group is for the average runner. The runner who feels intimidated by other, more advanced running groups. (Not to say this club is not for the advanced runner. Advanced runners can always find a running buddy).
The club incorporates a wide range of running styles from straight running to run-walk interval training and more. Club meet-ups include a Brier Creek Night Run, Swift Creek Greenway Run, Crabtree Creek Trail Run, and an Umstead Trail Walk/Run. The club also attends the previously listed run club events.
- Monday night, 6:30 p.m. at Doherty’s in Cary
- Monday night, 6:30 p.m. at World of beer N. Raleigh
- Tuesday night, 7:30 p.m. at Trail in Brier Creek
- Wednesday night, 6:30 p.m. at Hurricane Grill in Cary
- Thursday night, 6:30 p.m. at Abbey Road Pub
- Thursday night, 6:30 p.m. at Raleigh Running Outfitters in N. Raleigh.
Sign up for one of their events so the club knows to look for you!
Many Raleigh locals participate in these running clubs and events as a way to meet other locals and to enjoy all of Raleigh’s greatness. I hope that you are as excited as I was (and am) to find a place in the active Raleigh community.
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Blog originally published on 4/17/2017. Refreshed and republished on 7/2/2019