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6 Columbus Running Clubs: Stay Motivated for Your Next Race

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:

1. Columbus Eastside Running Club

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.

2. Columbus Run Crew

Columbus Run Crew organizes fun group runs across Columbus, social events, volunteering, and racing. Runners of all paces and experience levels are welcome. The cost for the season is $85.

3. Thursday Night FrontRunner Fun Runs

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.

4. Columbus Running Company Group Runs and Walks

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.

5. Buckeye Striders Walking and Race Walking Club

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. An annual membership costs $18.

6. Columbus Road Runners

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.

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