Not everyone enjoys the freedom that comes with running by themselves. That is why there are so many places to find running groups to join together with. While the resources listed below are a great place to start in finding running partners, it may take time to find the right group for you.
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- MeetUp is a great resource. While the number of MeetUps may not be as strong in all locations, it is a great place to look. While looking for running groups, you might even find some other groups to join as well. We have even started our own local running MeetUp group and is certainly something you can consider too!
- Strava. You have most likely heard of Strava at some point. I personally use it to keep track of my activities and follow some of my friends. They seem to be trying to push their group feature lately and you might be surprised to see how many there are in your area. Even if you do not find a group, there are some other great features with their free accounts. If you get competitive you can see how you shape up against others in certain segments. Take a look today.
- Local Running Stores. If your town still has locally owned running stores, there is a decent chance they are also organizing group runs. The bad news is that a lot of these stores have been going out of business. Hopefully, you still have a store that you can visit and see what they have available!
- Facebook Local Groups. Yes, Facebook continues to branch out in their attempt to rule the world. This is a growing trend for local groups to organize with. Next time you are standing in line at the Grocery store, hop on and look. Search for your town name and running to see what comes up for groups. If you get lucky, you will have more than one choice.
- Join a Race. Sometimes you just have to do some good old-fashioned networking to find the best groups. Many groups are heavily involved in the local running events. Sign up for a 5k and go talk to other runners. Find out where they run and who they run with. Even if you don’t find a group, you could still wind up with a new friend to run with!
This is certainly not a full list of every way to find running groups but hopefully, it points you in the right direction. If you have any favorite ways to find local groups, reply and let us know!