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Best Running Clubs In Washington DC

January 19, 2013 8:00 AM

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If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, feel great and relieve stress, then consider going out for a run on a regular basis. Join a Washington, D.C. running club to meet other like-minded, health-conscious individuals. Expect to add more than a few running buddies, and friends, when you meet up with the best running clubs in D.C.

DC Road Runners Club
PO Box 100561
Arlington, VA, 22210
(571) 989-3277
www.dcroadrunners.org

Price: $25 annual membership per household/$20 adults/$10 students

Whether you’re looking for a marathon training program or a change a pace from your normal running routine, the DC Road Runners Club has you covered. Springtime training include a 14-week half-marathon program and an 18-week full marathon program. Each program is monitored and coached by volunteers with extensive running and racing experience. If you’re not quite ready to give marathons a try, members of the DC Road Runners Club also meet throughout the week on Tuesday nights near the Iwo Jima Memorial for all levels of runners. Membership is open to runners of all ages and abilities. Perks include team fee waivers and special discounts at business throughout the D.C. Metro area.

Washington Running Club
www.washrun.org

Price: $20 individual annual membership/$30 family

If you prefer to go the extra mile, consider signing up for the Washington Running Club. Recognized as D.C.’s elite distance running club, previous and present members have competed in national and world racing events including the Boston, Chicago and Marine Corps Marathons as well as Olympic trials. Members of the Washington Running Club meet each Sunday in Georgetown and run between eight and 20 miles. Afterward, the group heads to a nearby Georgetown coffee shop to refuel, share tips and advice or simply to reconnect as friends. The Washington Running Club also hosts monthly happy-hour events, an annual party to recognize individual and team running achievements, and monthly fun runs.

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Washington RunHers Unlimited
PO Box 100424
Arlington, VA 22210
www.washingtonrunhers.org

Price: $20 one-year membership/$35 two-year membership

Established in October 1976, Washington Runhers Unlimited aims to provide training programs, encouragement and support for women runners of all ages and abilities in the D.C. metro area. Sign up for the Hills and Drills training program, and learn how to improve your running form, fitness, speed and overall strength. Or, improve your ability to run long distance by attending weekend long runs. Training programs are taught by experienced track and race runners and occur throughout the D.C. metro area, including the Iwo Jima Memorial and Wakefield High School in Arlington. Members of the Washington Runher Unlimited running club also volunteer at a variety local school and charity running events and participate in local races, including the DC Girls on the Run 5K and the Army Ten Miler.

I Run, You Run
www.irunyourun.com

Price: no membership dues

For a more laid-back running club that’s more motivational than competitive, I Run, You Run is ideal. The club consists of mostly members in their 20s and 30s who are outgoing, supportive and committed to helping to train and motivate each other. Instead of running a specific distance, club members run a specific length of time, that way everyone can start and finish together with most runs lasting between 40 and 60 minutes. Group runs take place at locations throughout Arlington though the club is open to other nearby D.C. metro locations. The club also hosts longer runs on Saturday and participates in local and national races. Each month, members of I Run, You Run meet up for happy hours, barbecues and other special events.

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Mid Maryland Triathlon Club
PO Box 1194
Columbia, MD 21044
www.midmdtriclub.org

Price: $15 student annual membership/$35 individual/$65 family

If you want to give a triathlon a try, sign up for the Mid Maryland Triathlon Club, a non-profit running club sanctioned by the USA Triathlon organization. From triathlon newbies to Ironman veterans, the Mid Maryland Triathlon Club consists of members of all levels and abilities. In addition to running, the club provides weekly workouts and seasonal clinics to help improve your running technique, supports new members via its mentoring program and hosts monthly meetings that address questions regarding multi-sport training. The club consists of volunteers and is organized via an elected board whose members are chosen at the December meeting. Membership perks include special discounts on triathlon-related products and access to social events throughout the year.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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