Q: What is the pace of the group?
A: We welcome runners at all different paces! Often our runs spread out from 7-12 minutes per mile. Everyone can find someone at their pace to run with. It is not competitive, the emphasis is on making it back to the bar after the run! Sometimes runners shorten or extend the route to suit their level, which is fine. Many members have improved their distance or speed as a result of attending the group.
Q: Is there somewhere to store my stuff during the run?
A: No, the group does not provide storage. The organizer is running like everyone else so cannot store anything. This question was asked so often that a joke developed that if you ask it, then you owe the organizer a beer. Sometimes a bar can accommodate you with a limited amount of storage. We recommend bringing only your ID and beer money in your pocket.
Q: Why do you check in/count people who RSVP/attend?
A: Your accurate RSVP helps build and maintain a community of runners. RSVP-ing with a recognizable photo and real name helps others to welcome and remember you, and reasons for the group's success (based on feedback from newcomers) include having an accurate/reliable RSVP turnout and welcoming runners by name. We also need to be able to tell bars how many people attended previous weeks. Finally, your RSVP reconfirms your agreement to Meetup's Terms of Service including § 6.2, without which the group cannot continue. Accordingly those who are chronic no-shows or write-ins have to be removed from the group. Of course we understand that plans change--updating your RSVP only takes a second!
Q: How far do you run?
A: About 4 miles on Wednesdays. The exact distance is included on the posted map of each run.
Q: Where does the run start?
A: At the bar (outside). It also finishes at that same bar (inside).
Q: Do you run first or drink first?
Q: Some people seem to have maps of the route. How do I get one?
A: A limited number of maps are usually provided as a courtesy, so be one of the first ~25 to arrive. Or bring your own, the map is always posted in printable format.
Q: Do you call the bar in advance to request discounts?
A: We at least give them advance warning that a large group is coming. If there's a discount, we'll let you know. That's not really the focus of this group.
Q: Is there parking?
A: No. Take the bus and drink up.
Q: I'm late, can you wait for me to start the run?
A: No. Follow the chalk arrows.
Q: Can the run be in my neighborhood every week?
A: No. One of the defining characteristics of SF Fun Run is always discovering different bars and neighborhoods. You already know your own neighborhood.
Q: I can't make Wednesdays. Can the run be a different night?
A: No. SF Fun Run meets every Wednesday night, plus a weekend trail run about once a month. If that doesn't work for you, there are many running groups in SF meeting every day of the week.
Q: Can I skip the run and just come to the bar?
A: Short answer: No. Long answer: Join the run for at least your first several meetups--the shared experience of the run serves as a natural icebreaker. After that, if you have an injury or occasional conflict, we'd still love to see you at the bar. If you never make the 7pm run, then this isn't the right group for you; again, there are many other running and/or social groups throughout the week.
Q: I think it would be great to have X event. Can the group set it up?
A: No. The organizer of your running group is not the organizer of your life.
Q: I think it would be great to have X event. Can I set it up?
A: Yes! Get in touch.
Q: Can I suggest a bar for a future run?
A: Yes! Please do. Make sure it's spacious enough for 60+ runners.
Q: Where is next week's run?
A: It is already posted on our website: www.sffunrun.com.
Q: When are we going to the bar I suggested?
A: Figure at least a few months later. If it has a big enough capacity and layout, stays open late, and is in an accessible neighborhood, we'll get there eventually!
Q: A lot of people seem to already know each other. What do you suggest for newcomers to break into the group?
A: RSVP with a recognizable photo. Arrive a few minutes early and introduce yourself. And definitely stick around for drinks after the run and come back next week!
Q: How much does all of this cost?
A: Attending Fun Runs is free! If you would like to help cover the expenses of the group, you can contribute $12/year here or any amount you choose here.