For a lot of people, running is a solo sport. But many runners enjoy working out with others to build their endurance and have run while running. Running clubs can help runners reach their goals while sharing the love of the sport with like minded individuals. Whether you’re looking to find a running buddy, train for a marathon or just participate in some extra fun runs, DC has a great selection of running clubs for athletes of all levels.
Washington Running Club
McLean, VA 22101
(571) 384-8972

This running club has a long history in the District dating back to the early 70s. Some of its members have competed and won in National and International events, making it one of the premier clubs in Washington. The club hosts weekly runs designed to prepare you ahead of big events with each one ending with a little relaxation at local restaurants and cafes. Cost of membership is $20 per person and $30 per family.

DC Running Club
Washington , DC 20024
(240) 472-9201

The DC Running Club is non-profit organization that hosts runs to promote a healthy lifestyle and to raise money for local charities. The club is open to runners of al ages and abilities and organizes events throughout the Greater DMV. Membership is free and the club offers its members training sessions at a cost of just $5 each. Visit the website to see the schedule of runs and future events.

DC Road Runners
Washington, DC

DC Road Runners has a wide range of races and training events designed for runners of all ages. The club offers a run every day of the week including short runs, night runs and track runs. Members get access to training runs, exclusive races and discounts at DC and Virginia running stores. DC Road Runners also offers fall and spring training programs for marathons (free to club members) and has plenty of volunteer opportunities. Cost of a one year membership is $10 for students, $20 for adults, and $25 for a household.

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DC Capital Striders
Washington, DC

DC Capital Striders is a running club serving runners in Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland. The club strives to promote fitness, volunteerism, raising money for local charities and providing social interaction for runners. Members get access to group runs of all types in the DMV area, discounts on local and national races, free fitness seminars and discounts on running gear and other fitness related items. The cost is $25 per year, per runner.

Capital Area Runners
Washington DC

Capital Area Runners is a running club that focuses on competitive running. The club offers three different programs; general membership, CAR distance training program and the elite development program. The distance training program meets two days a week and provides each runner with a personalized training program. The elite program is a higher level of training and participants must meet time minimums. The CAR and elite programs have additional costs on top of the annual $40 general membership fee. Capital Area Runners also offers an online program for $200 that helps runners get ready for big events.

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