What we're about

This is a group geared toward beginner to intermediate runners. We currently have 5 weekly runs - Saturday mornings, Sunday mornings, Wednesday mornings, Monday and Thursday evenings. MVARC is friendly and inclusive, we welcome runners of all ages and abilities.

Saturday mornings we start promptly at 8:30am outside Starbucks (1380 Pear Ave. Mountain View). We then walk & do active stretching as we make our way to the Stevens Creek Trail (at La Avenida). Our run is usually just a little over 3 miles, although you are welcome to go farther or run less if you wish (and you can walk too!). Afterwards we hang out at Starbucks for about 25 min. to have coffee together.

Sunday runs are usually longer distance runs and on trails, often at 7AM. The location and time varies so do check our calendar for updates.

Once a month, usually on the 4th Sunday, there is an easy 3 mile beginner run and book club, generally starting at 9AM in Pioneer Park (behind the Mountain View Library). Book Club starts at 10. You can do the run if you didn't read the book or come to book club if you don't run.

Mondays are speed workouts at the track at Graham Middle School starting at 6pm. Track workouts run March through November but are not held when the clocks are changed to Standard time.

Wednesday morning runs are at 0630 and cover 4 miles through beautiful Shoreline Park. Meet at the trail head by Crittendon Middle School (1701 Rock Ave Mountain View).

The Thursday evening run meets March through October at the Donald M. Somers Water Treatment Plant in Sunnyvale and we run the Bay Trail starting at 6 PM. It usually is around 3-7 miles in distance, your choice. Those that want can go to dinner afterwards (at various locations). Over the winter time, Thursday runs move to Landels School on Dana St and we run the Stevens Creek trail with headlamps.

Please check out our calendar to see all of our activities (including races). We also have a Facebook page - Mountain View Area Run Club.

Even though there are a lot of people in this run club, we average about 20 participants every Saturday and a bit fewer on the other weekly runs. It's a lot of fun and a great way to make new friends! Come check it out!

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Run club

Starbucks Shoreline

Saturday mornings we start promptly at 8:30am outside Starbucks (1380 Pear Ave.). We then walk & do active stretching as we make our way to the Stevens Creek Trail (at La Avenida). Our run is usually just a little over 3 miles, although you are welcome to go farther or run less if you wish (and you can walk too!). Afterwards we hang out at Starbucks for about 25 min. to have coffee together.

Sunday Morning Run

Starbucks Shoreline

Come join us for a Sunday morning run along the Bay Trail! We have folks who run 3 miles, and some who run 12+ miles. Our regular group size is 15-20 runners and everyone generally finds someone to run with. ROUTE We will run 1/2 mi from Starbucks to connect to Stevens Creek Trail, then connect to the Sunnyvale Bay Trail towards our summer Thursday run location. It is an out and back route. Some portions are paved and the rest is compacted gravel. There is a bathroom @ start (inside Starbucks) and water & bathroom @ mile 5.5 @ Waste Water Treatment Plant. Default Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7465904 this is up to 16 miles, but you can easily turn around and shorten the route, since it's an out and back. If you want to run more, you can keep going south on Stevens Creek Trail on your way back, and add another 6.6 miles. Post run coffee and chatter at Starbucks.

Book Club and 5km Run

Mountain View Public Library

MVARC once again will host our monthly easy run, perfect for beginners and slower runners, followed by book discussion. The book for February will be a novel, Killing Commendatore, by Haruki Murakami. In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art, as well as a loving homage to the Great Gatsby, this is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers. Killing Commendatore finished in the top 10 for books 2018 by the Goodreads Choice awards. Speaking of books, we meet BEHIND the Mountain View Library at 9AM. We will run down Church St, Mercy Street and to the Stevens Creek Trail, follow it for a mile or so to Central and then loop back to Castro / Bryant Street. Total distance is 3.1 miles at an easy pace. There are many opportunities nearby in Mountain View after the run to get coffee, tea and food. At 10, we congregate to chat about the book at the picnic tables in Pioneer Memorial Park, midway between Wells Fargo and the library. Look for us there, if you are not interested in doing the run. In case of rain we will meet at Le Boulanger at 650 Castro St at 10 for the book discussion. You can join us just for the run, just for the book discussion, or both. You needn't read the book to join in either, but it does make it more interesting.

Monday Evening Run

Landels School Park

Let's run on Stevens Creek Trail! The route is an out and back, beginning at Landels Middle School, and heading north before turning around and heading back. Typically, the most people do is 7 miles, but you are welcome to do more or less. A headlamp is required for this run, as it gets dark in certain parts of the trail and there is plenty of bike traffic. We will have extra headlamps for you to borrow if you need one.

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Thursday Evening Run and Dinner

Bay Trail

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