Stay Moving All Winter: Boston Running Clubs

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Posted December 31, 2013 by Sarah Stanley in Downtown Boston
Running along the Charles River in Boston

Confession: I haven’t been running much lately, but can you blame me? It’s dark when I wake up and even darker when I get home from work. And that biting, wintery chill has officially set in. Plus, of course, there’s no looming swimsuit reveal rendering a fit physique mandatory. Yep, every external motivator to go out for a run is officially nonexistent.

Enter: Boston running clubs.

Luckily, our fair city comes with no shortage of self-motivated runners willing to hit the road in even the most inclement weather. Self-motivation like that is contagious. Meaning? The surest way to keep your running regimen alive through the colder months is to get involved with a running club. Here are a handful to get you started.

First, there’s the City Sports Back Bay Run Club. More than just an excuse to buy another City Sports tee, the store operates its own free running club, open to anyone and everyone. Participants meet at the chain’s Boylston Street location in the Back Bay every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. And as City Sports allows you to stash your belongings in the store while you’re out running, connecting with the group straight from work is especially easy. Just sign a waiver (found online) and you’re good to go.

Running along the Charles River in Boston

Running along the Charles River at sunset. Photo Credit: Sarah Stanley

The uber-cool South End Athletic Club also boasts its own running club, aptly named The Run Club. If you’ve seen a gaggle of fit, attractive young professionals running together down Tremont Street, that would be them. Two different sessions meet at the shop’s 652 Tremont Street location weekly. On Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., there’s SEAC>SPEED, a session focused on track and light hill workouts (with plyometric drills included). The second, SEAC>DISTANCE, meets every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and—you guessed it—features a distance run, stretching anywhere from 5 to 9 miles. The best part? All abilities are welcome.

Also meeting in the South End on a weekly basis is FrontRunners Boston, self-described as “Boston’s first running club for gays, lesbians, and LGBT-friendly runners.” Around since 1979, the group is an affiliate of International Front Runners, a worldwide organization centered around LGBT runners and walkers. Want to join? The runners meet in front of Club Cafe (at 209 Columbus Avenue in the Back Bay) every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Oh, and be sure to join them for a post-run brunch.

Sometimes, shaking things up is what keeps a regimen fresh. Why not integrate, say, sightseeing into your run? RunBoston offers a broad range of running tours through Boston. Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m., for example, runners meet on the State House steps before embarking on a 4.4-mile run spanning everywhere from Copley Square to the North End. Private, personalized tours are available as well; simply contact the company and they’ll work with you to figure out a route based on your own running—and sightseeing—preferences.

So there you have it. With these Boston running clubs, you officially have zero excuse to not go running. All that’s left to do? Pick your club, lace up your sneaks, and get out there, Speedy.

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