How many times have you seen herds of people all running down the street, on a weekday night? You can probably bet that a run group is en route on their daily run. Running groups used to be very hard to come by. It was hard to have an establishment host a sweaty group of runners, let alone encourage it. Now, running groups are popping up all over the place! Unsure whether or not you want to start running in a group? Here are a few of my favorite reasons:
Anyone can join!
No matter your running skill level, running groups are open to absolutely anyone that just wants to lace up their sneakers and get in a few miles. Not up to the 5k that is advertised as the course? No big deal, just complete a shorter route and meet up with everyone at the finish.
A great place to make new friends
Don’t worry if you do not know anyone coming in to the group – you will definitely know someone when you leave. Just running beside someone for 30 minutes is a sure way to get to know them. Start up a conversation! You never know, you might just find a new running buddy!
Learn new routes to run
I don’t know about you, but running the same route, day after day, can really get old! Just by putting yourself in a new environment can make a huge difference, and you may love the new streets that you run down.
If you are in the South Tampa area and looking for a group to run with check out the days and groups below! You are bound to find one that you love!
Meet at the store in Hyde Park Village at 6:30! There are routes anywhere from 1 mile to 5 miles that are mapped out just for you! There is always water at the finish (not to mention a store full of some crazy cute clothes) and there are some after run treats from time to time
This Running Club’s tagline is “A Bunch of Drinkers With a Running Problem”. The run starts at 6pm, but get there early – parking is hard to come by and you will want to sign in! After 10 runs, you get a tech t-shirt! There is a 1 time, $3 fee.
MacDinton’s in South Tampa hosts Running for Brews on Tuesday Nights. They also have a t-shirt program, so get there early to get your punch card stamped! The run starts at 7pm, and runners can go anywhere from 1 to 7 miles.
Irish 31 Running Club meets weekly on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. There is a complimentary buffet and $2 Miller Lite drafts for runners, plus get a free Irish31 Running Club Dry Fit T-shirt after the 5th run.
This is Running for Brews newest location! They host Wednesday’s run club over in Channelside at the Pour House at 7pm!
On Thursdays, the same group that hosts run club at MacDintons and Pourhouse heads over to World of Beer in South Tampa. This run also starts at 7pm, and has a t-shirt program too!
Running for Brews also hosts run clubs over in Dunedin and St. Petersburg as well, so check them out if you are in the area!
Do you like to run in a group? Do you like it? I know I am missing some run clubs that are in Tampa – have any to add?