Whether you’re training for your first 5K or looking to pick up a PR at your next marathon, central Ohio has some awesome running clubs that can help you jump-start your fitness goals.
Here are some of the options around town:
Led by a group of 11 certified running coaches, this group organizes Saturday morning group runs led by experienced pacesetters in both Columbus and Baltimore, Ohio. The club holds two main training sessions per year, targeting races in spring and fall. Membership costs $80 per training season.
Looking to up your mid-week running game? FrontRunner has Thursday night fun runs which feature 3-mile and 6-mile routes with all paces welcome.
Columbus Running Company offers free weekly group runs and walks. New to the group? Show up a couple of minutes early and you’ll find the folks who run or walk your pace.
Running not quite your speed? The Buckeye Striders meet Saturday mornings for group walks throughout central Ohio. Many members train to walk in races, from 5Ks to half-marathons. Annual membership costs $18.
Founded in 1975, this nonprofit is the oldest running club in central Ohio, offering weekly group runs starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays at Highbanks Metro Park and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Whetstone Park in Clintonville. The club also offers competitive races, training information and social events. Membership costs $20.
6. Marathoners in Training (MIT)
Whether you’re new to marathons or you’re a pro, Marathoners in Training is here to help you up your running game. MIT has group runs every day except Tuesdays, with the longest run at 8 a.m. every Saturday. For those not already in MIT, membership costs $110 for the winter/spring season and $225 for the whole year.
Columbus Eastside Running Club, which mainly meets at St. Charles Prep School for their weekly Saturday morning group runs, helps you prepare for specific races of any length. They offer training a schedule based on your preferences. Membership is $80 per season which is 18-20 weeks offered in winter and summer.
This free running and walking club meets every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – Gatorade, snacks and water provided! Members can also get discounts on select races and apparel.
Looking for a club that’s a little more relaxed? The German Village Walking Club may be right for you! The club meets every Saturday at the Schiller Statue in Schiller Park. Walkers can choose 3 or 5-mile routes, and they have seven routes they rotate from. New membership is $35 for the year.
Columbus Running Club is open to all ages and paces and even helps support youth cross country and track programs for Mill Race Marathon events. Individual membership is $10 and a family membership is $15.
11. Black Girls Run
Black Girls Run is a national club dedicated to motivating black women to have a healthier lifestyle. Membership is free and meets every day except Fridays. Learn more about Black Girls Run Columbus in their Facebook group.
12. Team RMHC
Team RMHC not only helps you achieve your running goals, but it also raises money for families of ill children who are staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Members of Team RMHC get a personalized training schedule and can win various items by meeting fundraising goals.
This free national club is the perfect way to meet other moms with fitness goals and keep each other motivated. To learn more about the Columbus chapter, join their Facebook group.
14. Black Men Run
Black Men Run is a national club with the goal of improving overall health and decreasing the number of black men with cardiovascular diseases. The Columbus chapter meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the start of the running trail in Blacklick Woods Metro Park.
This club is open to all runners and walkers, from those simply looking to improve their health to those who are pro marathoners. Members get discounted registrations to various races around Columbus.
16. Rogue Racers
Rogue Runners is the perfect club if you’re looking to improve your times among a competitive group of people. To join, runners must meet their qualification standards, which are based on the Boston and New York marathons.
17. Team RWB
Team RWB is a national club dedicated to improving veterans’ physical and social activities. Team RWB has events such as a Dark and Early Donut Run, Weekly Bootcamps, mentoring and more – you don’t have to be a veteran to join.
System of Strength is a studio that focuses on incorporating cardio, strength and recovery into your weekly workouts. They have three locations in Grandview, Clintonville and Cincinnati and offer seven different classes with different combinations of cardio, strength and recovery.
19. Life Time Run
Life Time Run, a part of Life Time Fitness, is great for runners of all kinds. They have social runs, group and 1-on-1 training and races. To join, you must be a Life Time Fitness member.
20. Rise Run Club
Rise is the first indoor running studio in Columbus. They offer three running classes so you can pick what types of running you want to focus on that day. Rise offers different packages to fit your goals, and your first class is free!
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