How Running Clubs Work

Forming a Running Club

It can be more fun to lace 'em up when you know friends are waiting.
It can be more fun to lace 'em up when you know friends are waiting.
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There are many reasons to form your own running club. Perhaps your local running club meets at times and locations that aren't convenient for you or, as previously mentioned, the club may have goals that are completely different than yours. But before you go it alone, consider the possibility of partnering with the established organization in your area to create a separate off-shoot of runners. Think of it as a new department within a larger company -- a department that functions independently, yet still receives guidance and support from the existing operation.

If you do decide to start your own club, simply recruit some friends or colleagues and build an informal group. You can create a Web site or use social media tools like Meetups to communicate with members. If you find that your club has grown to include more than a couple dozen runners, there are liability issues you'll need to be aware of. One of the objectives of the Road Runners Club of America is to assist people who want to form running groups. It can provide general liability insurance and expertise as your club expands [source: Road Runners Club of America].

Recruiting new members can be achieved by placing flyers in local running stores, posting physical or online invitations at your workplace, or by reaching out to local athletic leaders like track and cross-country coaches at nearby colleges. Churches or philanthropic groups may also have members who share your love of running. Contact their organizers about ways you can partner.

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