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To Join OR Not To Join…a Running Club in NYC?

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

NYC.  A running city.  Every race is 5000+ people.  The marathon is one of the largest in the world, if not THE largest.  Joining a club is easy, fun, and you immediately have running partners…if you want them.

Every weekend I see hundreds of runners in Prospect Park and I would guess that about 10% belong to a running club.

The club Championships on Aug. 7 featured 800 men and 519 women.  That seems like a low number to me in a city of millions and with 5000+ at each race.

So what gives people?  Why are you not in clubs?

I think there is a false sense of what clubs do and who they are for.

MYTH:  Not fast enough or competitive enough for a club.

TRUTH:  There are MANY different clubs for different people and goals.  Some focus on being competitive, some are social, some are for women, some are for charities, and the list goes on.  There is one for you.

MYTH:  Can’t make that kind of commitment for all the training and races and event.

TRUTH:  Once you join a club, you can be as involved or uninvolved as you want.  Just do races.  OR, just do a long run on weekends, no races.  OR, just go to the social events with people who also run.  It’s up to you.

MYTH:  Costs too much.

TRUTH:  Membership fees range from FREE to $125 per year, but usually fall somewhere in the $25-$35 range, and there are often family options, if that applies to you.

MYTH:  Everyone is faster than me

TRUTH:  The fact of the matter is, various running clubs are made up of all types of runners.  And all of the runners I know would welcome any skill level to the team.

Did I miss anything?….Comment if you have a different reason.

I think joining a club is an excellent way to take your running to the next level, if you have that as a goal.  It gives you a reason to get out of the door, knowing there are people to run with at a specific meeting time.  And you get to meet like-minded people.  Who knows, you may just make a new friend.

Plus you usually get a cool shirt to run in and have people cheering for you when you run by in it 🙂  I guess you know where I stand on the issue.

HERE ARE POPULAR RUNNING CLUBS IN NY and NJ

AND MORE CLUBS FROM NYRR

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