How to Start a Running Club

Have you ever wondered how to start a running club? Running can be a solitary sport, but it certainly doesn't have to be. A running club is a great way to connect with people who share your interest. If you're an expert, you can share your knowledge of the sport with other runners. If you're a novice, you might learn something from more experienced runners.

Joining a club is also a great way to stay motivated and hold yourself accountable to a new training regimen or exercise routine. Your local health club is a great resource for finding running clubs in your area, and you can also search for running clubs online. However, if you can't find a club in your area, or if its not the type of club you're looking for (maybe they stick to the pavement, and you'd prefer the trails), it doesn't take much effort to get your own club going.

Where to start

Friends, family and neighbors are good places to begin when starting a running club. Chances are, at least a few of the people in your life share your passion for running or would like to increase their fitness. All you need to start a club is a few committed individuals. You don't have to set your sights too high. If each of your new members has a few more friends or colleagues who are interested, your new running club can grow by leaps and bounds quickly.

Starting a running club requires a little organization. If you want things to run smoothly, you'll need to decide on a meeting place and give your new group a name. Having a website is a good idea, because it ensures that all members can communicate easily and that no one is accidentally left out of the loop. You can post scheduled runs to an online calendar, and easily let everyone know if a run has to be postponed because of bad weather or another issue.

Keep in touch regularly

An online forum is a great way to introduce new members to the group. Yahoo Groups and Google Groups offer free services that likely will meet your needs, but several other options are available for starting your own running club website.

Weekend running schedules generally work best for the largest number of people, but you can schedule your runs according to the needs of your group. Maybe some individuals are available to run during the week in the morning and evening, whereas others will be able to participate only on the weekends. You may need to schedule more options as your group grows.

Once your club is up and running, you'll be exercising with friends in no time flat.

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