How To Join A Running Group

Overview of function of running groups and how to join running groups.

Running is a favorite past time of many Americans, whether young or old, male or female, tall or short.In fact, running has no model participant.It is a sport truly enjoyed by millions of people from a variety of different backgrounds, all running for their own personal reasons. Indeed, while some people enjoy running for health benefits such as weight control and physical fitness, other people run for mere enjoyment, while still others run as a means of athletic expression.

As with any sport, belonging to a group allows runners to feel a sense of camaraderie and kinship with other like-minded individuals.In particular, a running group allows runners the opportunity to address different issues related to the sport of running.Whether a runner needs advice on shoes, training, or simply needs the support and motivation of a group to continue, a runner's group is an invaluable necessity.Luckily for runners, increasingly popular running groups are springing up all over the place creating a forum for communication and interaction with other runners. Whether you're a novice who is just beginning, or you are an experienced runner who has been running for years, finding a running group to join can be accomplished without great expense or effort.Although running groups are especially popular and generally more prominent in larger cities, they are also becoming rather commonplace in smaller communities.The following are places likely to list information on running groups.

1. Fitness and/or health clubs are perhaps the best source for information on local running groups.Generally, fitness facilities post information on running groups on their bulletin board or in their newsletters, but some may also include the information on their web page.

2. Newspapers are also a good source to find information on running groups.Usually running groups are listed alongside other group meetings advertised in the local section of the paper.

3. Phone books can be an excellent means of obtaining information on local running groups.Particularly in larger metropolitan areas, running groups have more exposure and prominence and may be listed in the local telephone directory.

4. Running magazines also contain information on running groups in different cities from time to time.Although magazines tend to list the information as part of their editorial content, access to running groups can be achieved in this fashion.

5. The Internet is another likely source to find information on running groups.Persons seeking information on running clubs via the Internet should use related key words to perform their search.

6. Sometimes large employers have their own running groups.Be sure to take advantage of any opportunities you may have at work by talking to your human resources department about either established or potential running groups.In addition, be sure to check the company newsletter that may also advertise the group.

7. Finally, networking with other local runnersand beginning your own running group is ideal in smaller towns and other areas that don't yet have established groups.You should expand membership in your new running group through word of mouth and by advertising in local fitness clubs, athletic organizations, or any other places that have a high volume of athletic minded individuals.

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