The time to flex what’s under that bulky winter sweater is right around the corner. What better way to start training for that summer body than by running?! Although running is the least favorite cardio exercise for many, the health benefits are AMAZING! Adding consistent runs to your fitness routine is easy if you join a running club; fortunately DC is home to some great ones. Below are some of my favorites. Check them out and be sure to let me know what group you ended up joining!
District Running Collective – www.districtrunningcollective.com
I have personally ran with DRC for years now despite my extremely busy schedule; it’s a very motivating group!
Founded by a group of DC, North Carolina A&T alumni, District Running Collective showcases diversity in the running world. DRC is a multi level running group, making it a great organization for those trying to find their stride and pace in the pack. Membership is not a requirement, but it is encouraged (check the website for more details). This group meets every Wednesday at the Colony Club on Georgia Ave at 6:30pm (unless otherwise noted), and Saturdays for long runs (various locations).
DC Road Runners – www.dcroadrunners.com
Catering to multi levels, the benefits of running with this group sound amazing! Membership is $20 for students, $25 individuals, or 35$ for families gives access to:
- Weekly trainings.
- Free 10m, half-marathon and marathon training programs.
- 19 free races each year.
- Monthly social events.
- Discounts for many stores and online shopping.
- Access to EAC sponsored teams seminar.
If you’re not sure of investing your money or time in this group, they have trial offers runners can do before joining.
DC Road Runners has runs all over the city so check their website and possibly their newsletter for locations.
DC Front Runners – www.dcfrontrunners.org
Founded in 1981, DC Front Runners caters to the LGBTQ community with running, walking, and social events. They are diverse with respect to speed, distance, and intensity, and they encourage all that participate making this an awesome running group to join. Membership is open to all and encouraged, but you can always test out the group before committing. They meet at 23rd and P street NW. Check the website for dates and times of runs.
DC Pacers – www.runpacers.com
DC Pacers has free community runs in DC (14th Street, Navy Yard) and Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax) almost everyday of the week at their stores. Offering day and night, short and long runs makes this group accessible to individuals with busy schedules. They even do fun runs (14th Street does a Shake Shack Run) for people who don’t take their runs too seriously. Be sure to check their website for exact locations.