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Ohio 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, Ohio has some awesome running clubs that can help you jump-start your fitness goals.

Know of an amazing running club in your area? Let us know! We’d love to add it to the list.


Southeastern Ohio Trail Runners (SEOTR)

Running connects people. This is a core belief at SEOTR, where all runners all welcome to join their family. While their current run schedule is still on hold due to COVID-19, they hope to be back on the trails by June 2021. Continue to check their website or give them a call, so you can be ready when the action begins.

Ohio Valley Running Company

Ohio Valley Running Company prides itself on being the only locally owned, specially running, walking, and outdoor fitness store. Jonathan and Ariana Bernard operate not only the store, but a successful running club as well. Follow their Facebook page where the duo post about community walks and runs that anyone is free to join.


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 $40 per training season.

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.

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.

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.

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 Westside Running Club

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.

Columbus Running Club

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.

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.

Moms Run This Town

This free national club is the perfect way to meet other moms with fitness goals and keep each other motivated.

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.

Grove City Community Running and Walking Club

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.

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.


Iron Fit Gym Running Club

Starting in Summer 2021, Iron Fit Gym will be reopening their running club. Find the latest announcements regarding sign ups and scheduled run times by following their Facebook page.


YMCA Running Club

Join this supportive runner’s club with no dues, meetings, or required YMCA membership. Simply join their Facebook group and choose when you’d like to run with others based on your own schedule.

Mansfield OH Parkrun

This club runs every Saturday at 8:00am in North Lake Park. To join in on the fun, all you have to do is register for free! Questions? Email the volunteers at mansfieldoh@parkrun.com

Ashland (OH) Running Club

This free running and walking club is focused on supporting all runners, no matter their pace. Follow their Facebook page to stay up to date on their run schedule.


YMCA Run Club

The YMCA Run Club in Shelby is all about supporting runners and creating a community. Follow their Facebook page where members often post about group runs that anyone is free to join.