If you run, you are a runner.
It doesn’t matter how fast or how far.
It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or
If you’ve been running for twenty years.
There is no test to pass, no license to earn,
No membership card to get. You just run.
~ John “The Penguin” Bingham
This meetup has regularly scheduled runs around lakes in the area, along the river, and on some local trails. Most of the lakes are about 3 miles around, but we often link them together or go around twice. The river runs and trails also offer a lot of options when it comes to distance and scenery. If you would like to suggest a new lake, river, or trail route, we're all ears! The group is intended for runners who are looking for companions on their runs; all paces, distances and levels of experience are welcome - whether you are looking to run the TC Marathon next fall or to get back into shape after not running for a few years...or if you've never run at all! We do not support pace-shaming here.
This group is completely free; once you join you will have access to the group's Calendar (where you can find scheduled group runs and outings - approx 5/wk) and Message Board (an open forum for conversations relating to running and upcoming or potential events/locations). Should you ever have questions about a particular event, feel free to email the organizer or host of that outing. General questions about the group can be directed to Ananda. When you join, *please* use your actual name and not a screen-name or the name of a group you represent--this group is about actual people coming together and getting to know each other while running.
Runs with a lighter pace focus on runs at a 10+ minute pace ('Easy Pace' runs); other runs on the calendar will find paces of 9:30 and faster. If you're not sure whether you'll have company on any certain run, RSVP that you're going and add a comment mentioning your pace, or send a quick message to the organizer of that run...chances are there is someone else with the same question!
In addition to casual runs, we will pick various races around the area to train for together as a group. Last year we also had a few camping weekends, and every now and then we have a happy hour--both are nice for getting to know others in the group, and all members are welcome to attend any event on the calendar. Once again, recommendations are encouraged--we love out-of-the-box thinkers! Hope to see you out there soon!
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