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RUN OAHU: 8 LOCAL RUN GROUPS TO JOIN IN HONOLULU

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KATHERINE GALLAGHER

AUG 15, 2019

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IMAGE VIA HONOLULU MARATHON | FACEBOOK

With weather like Oahu’s, there’s no excuse not to hit the open road and get your sweat on in an outdoor run — at least every once in awhile. Need the extra push to get out the door? Get involved in the community and challenge yourself with one of the island’s few running clubs to enjoy the best running spots, from deep in rainforest trails to right in the middle of the city.

Whether you’re a local, new to the island, or just visiting, run clubs are the perfect way to get your bearings and experience new areas. You have to admit that running is better with a good conversation!

MID-PACIFIC ROAD RUNNERS CLUB

MID-PACIFIC ROAD RUNNERS CLUB | FACEBOOK

Hawaii’s largest running club, Mid-Pacific has been around since 1962. The club meets on Friday evenings at Ala Moana Beach Park for a run and potluck with views of the weekly Hilton fireworks — a perfect way to kick off the weekend. All levels of runners are welcome, and the organizers offer four different run/walk distances to choose from.

RUNNER’S HI

RUNNER'S HI | FACEBOOK

Runner’s HI is a shoe store with two locations on Oahu. It’s one of the only locally owned and operated stores that specialize in running shoes on the island — so these people are passionate and really know what they’re doing. Every Tuesday evening at 5:30pm, the Aiea store invites runners on a group run to Ford Island in Pearl Harbor.

HONOLULU MARATHON CLINIC

HONOLULU MARATHON CLINIC | FACEBOOK

The unique program at Honolulu Marathon Clinic offers anyone the chance to train for a marathon — no matter the age, size, or physical disability. Trust that these experts know what they’re doing; they’ve trained beginner runners who started off in wheelchairs, cancer survivors, and patients with organ transplants. Their Sunday morning group runs are split into beginner, intermediate, or advanced and are conducted by clinic founder Dr. Jack Scaff.

RUN CLUB

HONOLULU MARATHON | FACEBOOK

Run Club is sponsored by Lanikai Juice and the Honolulu Marathon, so you know it’s legit. The Honolulu Marathon, the most popular running event of the year with participants traveling from all over the world to take part, is determined to get you out there with a number of motivating coaches. And there’s no excuse not join in since Run Club meets at five different locations each week: Mondays in Kapolei, Wednesdays in Kailua or in Waikiki, Thursdays in Kaka'ako, and Saturdays in Kahala. The coach-led run sessions are totally free and everyone’s invited.

HONOLULU RUNNERS

HONOLULU RUNNERS | FACEBOOK

You’ll find Honolulu Runners meeting outside the Kapiolani Runners Route store to train every Tuesday at 5:30pm. The distance and course ranges from four to seven miles through Ala Moana, Downtown, Manoa, Waikiki, and further. The history? The club’s “Aloha Tuesday” group runs were initially started to prepare for the Honolulu Marathon in 2010 but have continued ever since.

CAMP BENNETT

CAMP BENNET | FACEBOOK

For those who’d like to join a fully-loaded run club complete with nutrition clinics, bike riding, and running, invest in a membership with Camp Bennett in Kailua. They even offer specific race training programs if you have your sights set on an important race or marathon in the future. The group class schedule can be found on their Facebook page.

HAWAIIAN ULTRA RUNNING TEAM

HAWAIIAN ULTRA RUNNING TEAM | FACEBOOK

Far from a leisurely running crew, Hawaiian Ultra Running Team organizes monthly (and sometimes bi-monthly) trail races on Oahu. With names like “Kealia Quad Crusher” and “Kaena Point Firecracker”, the club’s acronym, HURT, will begin to make a lot of sense. Registration fees are required and races in the series are always on Saturdays. Just know that these treks are popular and have been known to sell out—and there’s no waitlist—so make sure you plan ahead if you want to run with this extreme pack!

OAHU TRAIL RUNNING CLUB

@OAHUTRAILRUNCLUB | INSTAGRAM

Powered by lululemon and Hawai'i Sports Magazine, the Oahu Trail Running Club is an excellent way to kick off Sunday Funday. The free and informal weekly runs set off at 7:30am, when the leader, Julie, will take newbies and veterans alike through some of her favorite trails. The trails are announced ahead of time on the group's Facebook; make sure to join to get all the latest news!

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