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RUN SYD: THE BEST LOCAL RUNNING CLUBS TO JOIN IN SYDNEY

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RUBY YEATS

APR 11, 2020

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IMAGE VIA PACE ATHLETIC | FACEBOOK

In Sydney’s land of plentiful outdoor trails and beautiful year-round climate, almost any day is good for a run. So, what's holding you back? Is it motivation? Don't know any good routes? Feel like running is lonely?

You need a run crew. With any number of our favourite Sydney running clubs, you can see a different part of the beautiful city, meet like-minded fitness fanatics, and receive expert coaching to improve your split times and running technique. Join up!

RUN CLUB SYD BY ION

ION | Facebook

Everyone’s favourite athleisure label, lululemon, is known for three things: flawless ambassadors, killer leggings, and amazing fitness events. Run Club Syd combines all of these into a Friday morning running extravaganza! Meet at the flagship George St store at 7am, where local trainers from nearby ION Training will take you on a sweat-filled tour of Sydney CBD’s best running locations. This is not your standard long-duration, low-intensity cardio; think hill sprints, intervals, and managed recovery periods. And be sure to keep watch on the ION Facebook page for special runs, like training for City2Surf!

SYDNEY STRIDERS

Sydney Striders | Facebook

“Come for the run, stay for the fun” is the unofficial motto for the Striders club. With running groups targeted at all ability levels and ages, Striders has the (well-earned) reputation of one of Sydney’s most inclusive groups. And if you’ve ever run in any competitive event, you’re sure to have seen a few ‘Striders’ singlets streaking past you to the finish line — so you know they’ve got some talented runners in their midst. Join in a monthly 10k or the gruelling Sunday morning long run to smash your previous PBs!

MIDNIGHT RUNNERS

Benjamin Weser for Sydney Midnight Runners | Facebook

The Sydney chapter of this global run crew kicked off in 2019. Since then, Crew Captain Max and her team of enthusiastic coaches have made Wednesday evenings the best part of our week. The Midnight Runners’ signature 10km and 5km bootcamps feature: between three and five exercise stops; a crew member blasting tunes from a speaker strapped to their back (it’s called the PartyBag); and an ultra-friendly social hour back at The Royal George. It’s something you need to experience, at least once.

GIRLS RUN SYDNEY

Girls Run Sydney | Facebook

Sorry, guys — as the name suggests, this one is just for the ladies! Grab your girl squad and head to one of Girls Run’s regular distance events. Weekly Wednesday city runs, long weekend slogs in scenic locations (followed by delicious brunches), and supportive groups at local competitive running races. No excuses for not tagging on to a session!

ACHILLES RUNNING

Achilles Sydney | Facebook

8am Sunday morning—rain, hail, or shine—Achilles brings together runners across all levels of performance into supportive social environment. What began as a movement to promote inclusion in sport for people with disabilities has grown into a nationwide phenomenon with a strong following from all walks of life. Meet some truly inspiring people as you see the sights of Sydney’s scenic Domain, and keep up to date their events page to see what races they're targeting.

MYRUNGROUP BY RUN LAB

Runlab | Facebook

One for the elite and performance-minded, MYRUNGROUP is a weekly dynamic interval-based running session developed by Olympic-qualifier Vlad Shatrov. Separated into groups based on kilometre time, MRG sessions follow a standard format—warm-up, light jog, interval session, and cool-down, in that order—but every week brings variation in terms of location, distance, and intensity. Unlike others on the list, it comes at a cost, but the dedicated coaching and measurement of progress are worth every penny. For the adventurous, try a MYTRAILGROUP session to get out of the city and breathe some country air.

KINGS CROSS TRACK CLUB

Kings Cross Track Club | Facebook

This Kings Cross group was fed up with pretentious, elitest running crews, so they unapologetically made their own for the misfits. KXTC meets every Tuesday at 6.30pm for a seven-kilometre run (with two pace groups) and pretty much every weekend for a longer session (more details on the group’s FB page). Take off from the iconic Coca-Cola sign, whatever the weather, and see the inner city from a totally different angle.

MANLY BEACH RUNNING CLUB

Manly Beach Running Club | Facebook

If you live over Northern Beaches, you’ve probably seen these guys tearing down the sand as the sun rises every weekday morning. Running sessions last an hour and comprise a general strength, toning, and core component as a finisher — so you’ll be working pretty much every muscle group possible! While the backdrop might be Insta-worthy, you won’t find any “influencer” behaviour here. Nobody’s judging your ability or running trainers; the MBRC team just love to run. Stop by for a free trial session and see whether head coach Joe Ward can work his marathon magic on you.

REJOOV RUNNERS

Rejoov Runners | Facebook

A truly “family-friendly” running club, husband-and-wife team Chris and Greta have created a fun, fit environment training every day of the week (except Monday and Friday)! With a stimulating mix of terrains—Centennial Park, ES Marks Athletics Field, or Coogee Beach—Rejoov takes the (literal) stress out of constant road running. Because it’s an Athletics NSW affiliate, those serious about entering the sport can find a pathway to local and regional track events, and even destination running retreats.

PACE ATHLETIC

Pace Athletic | Facebook

Pace Athletic’s FREE weekly run club is centred around the love of the sport. Stop by the Pace store Mosman, Rozelle, Manly, or Barangaroo (each on a different day of the week) for an evening workout with like-minded individuals, expert coaching, and the added benefit of access to Australia’s best specialty running store for advice on shoes, gadgets, and anything that could help you clock up the kms. Best of all, if you’re not from the area, coach Matty Abel will show you some of the Northern Beaches’ best-kept running secrets.

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