Run Local

By on 21 April, 2014 in Meg Lewis with 0 Comments
Photo by Kekka

Photo by Kekka

One of the great things about becoming a runner is the community of other runners that you will discover. No matter where you live, there are other people hitting the pavement or the trail every day just like you. While running alone can be meditative and very important, running with a friend or a group is equally useful. You’ll pick up tips, commiserate and sometimes get free therapy. You’d be amazed at what you’ll share when you’re a few miles into your long run and have a good listener running beside you.

Montgomery is blessed to have a strong running community with several groups that overlap from time to time. From clubs to groups organized by running shops, there are plenty of opportunities to meet up, train together or just do a few fun-runs and events.

One of the longest running (pun-intended) groups is River Region Runners (R3). They were formerly the Montgomery Track and Running Club and embrace the entire River Region. There are 89 members of their open group on Facebook, so you can rest assured this is a strong and well organized group. They hold monthly meetings and organize several fun runs throughout the year. They donate to various charities ($5000 last year!) and membership gets you supplemental membership in the Road Runners Club of America and a subscription to Club Running, their club magazine. You can join the club at www.RiverRegionRunners.org  for only $15 per person or $20 per family. What a deal!

Team MMS is a group of runners organized by Montgomery Multisport. This shop serves the triathlon community but they stress that this group is for those who are just runners or just cyclists as well. They introduce new runners to the sport, inform those already participating and inspire competitive athletes to achieve more. Dues are $25 per year with Military and Police and Fire discounts. MMS holds weekly Monday night runs, currently “Dunkin’ Dash” which meets at 5:30 AM and completes a 3 mile loop ending at the shop. The group then walks to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast. They have a great calendar of their event and others at their site.

Fleet Feet Montgomery has been around a short six months but immediately established a great community of runners who meet for pub runs, coffee runs, yoga classes and ladies nights. They even have a No Boundaries program to get non-runners started on a 5K training plan and to develop mentorship in the community. They just make your heart overflow with running joy and every runner in Montgomery should get involved with them. Check out their great site with all the info you need here.

Last, but not least, there’s the Montgomery Hash House Harriers, a drinking group with a running problem. Rule number one of hashing is don’t talk about hashing. That being said, check out their Facebook page to find out where the next Sunday afternoon meeting is going to be held. And don’t bring your kids.

Get out and meet some fellow runners and find a group that fits your needs. You have lots of options and you’ll have a great time.

Meg Lewis is a runner and cupcake baker who lives the loft life in Downtown Montgomery. She regularly makes her rounds through downtown and midtown Montgomery evaluating the beer selections, live musical performances and the social atmosphere of local establishments in the company of a small and close-knit group of fabulous people.

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