If you want to run far, fast, or just for fun, there’s a running group in Pittsburgh that’s perfect for you.
Maybe you struggle with the motivation to lace ‘em up. You know, like when you say you’ll go for a run tomorrow…but tomorrow never arrives. It could be that you don’t want to compete, you’d rather socialize while you break a sweat. Or what about all the rookie runners? You’re new to the running scene and simply want a place to start.
No matter what kind of runner you are, it’s not difficult to find a welcoming group to train with in Pittsburgh. Whether you’re looking to start running, pick up the pace, or let loose and run wild, look no further than these 8 groups.
You could say that this group runs Pittsburgh (See what we did there?). Figure of speech aside, there’s no denying that they run all over Pittsburgh. The Road Runners meet 4 times weekly – a Tuesday night track date, Thursday night “satellite runs” of smaller groups in multiple locations, and Saturday and Sunday morning group runs of varying distances and paces. The basic yearly membership is $40, covering all coach and hydration supported weekly runs, race perks and discounts, and top-notch members-only swag. Become a member of this awesome community to take a positive and powerful stride in the right direction…towards the finish line.
Telling it like it is, People Who Run Downtown run downtown. They’re pros at it too, celebrating 29 years of running in the Burgh. Like the true veterans they are, they never miss a session. Every Tuesday, regardless of finicky Pittsburgh weather, marathoners and mall-walkers alike meet at 5:45PM in varying locations across Pittsburgh. Offering 4 and 6 mile planned running loops, the start and finish location is always a restaurant; this invites runners to break bread with the devoted group after the run.
Since the membership is free, the only costs you’ll ever incur are for what’s on your plate. While some members bring a change of clothes for the post-run R&R, you won’t be out of place in your sweaty clothes. All you have to do to join in is show up at the designated weekly location and look for the group in athletic gear.
Looking to go the extra mile? Look to the Pittsburgh Pharaoh Hounds, Pittsburgh’s leading running club for competitive runners. The essence of the Pharaoh Hounds’ program centers on regularly scheduled workouts, team races, proven training regimens and expert support that combine to deliver results. A small annual fee of $25 gets you regularly scheduled workouts, team races and personal, expert coaching. Stop by one of their weekly workouts to meet the team, Tuesdays at 6:00PM at the Schenley Park Oval, and see if you have what it takes to dominate your next race.
Fleet feet? Less than fleet feet? No matter your foot speed, ability, or form, Fleet Feet Pittsburgh is inviting you to fly through the city with their running club. And get this, doing so is totally free! It’s easy too. Just show up with your running shoes tied to a speed training workout Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at Jefferson Middle School Track in Mt. Lebanon. Or make your way to the Sunday meetup that departs at 7:30 a.m. from varied locations around town. Fleet Feet will handle the rest, including mapping out each route and supplying the pre- and post-run hydration.
An affiliate of International Front Runners, the Pittsburgh Frontrunners proudly stand as a running club for Pittsburgh’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities. This tightly knit group of friends, family, and pets welcomes you to run (about four miles) through scenic Schenley Park three days each week. On Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00PM and on Saturday at 9:00AM runners gather near the corner of Schenley Drive and Frew Street Extension on the sidewalk down from the Columbus statue. After the run, stick around for some fun, like an evening drink or mid-morning brunch.
While the weekly runs are free, a small $20 annual fee grants you access to the member directory, newsletters and regular emails, special member-only access to the Pittsburgh Frontrunners site, and acts as a contribution to events like Pridefest. Contact Ricardo Cortes (email@example.com) for membership.
For some, running is a punishment. For others it’s a passion. And for the Girls on the Run, running is a source of inner-strength and self-esteem. The Girls on the Run of Magee-Womens Hospital is a 12 week youth development program for third through eighth grade girls used to boost confidence through physical activity. In this case that activity is running, that culminates with a celebratory 5k running event for all participants. With numerous sites through the Pittsburgh region, hundreds of coaches help thousands of girls complete the program throughout the year. Visit their website to learn more about GOTR or to register for the next 12-week session.
This non-competitive group runs for fun and every runner finishes at the final time of beer-o’clock. Described as a “drinking club with a running problem” hashing is an international phenomenon that’s part-exercise, part-adventure race, part-scavenger hunt, with all participants (called hashers) bent on pounding post-run brews. Since that’s the case, you’ll need to be 21 or older to participate. If you are, it’s only $15 annually to become a member. Upon joining, expect to participate in a three or four mile trek, as well as post-hash activities. This group is ideal for runners with an open mind and a deep thirst.
Since 1999, this store has been helping runners in Pittsburgh find the right shoe. These days they do that and a whole lot more. With two locations, one in Robinson and the other in Monroeville, Elite has free run groups four days each week. On Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 p.m. the Robinson store hosts runs throughout the West Hills. Wednesday there’s a group fun run that departs from the Monroeville store at 6:00pm. Then, bright and early on Saturday there’s a group trail run at various locations around town. Keep up with all the action by joining their Facebook Group.
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