Get In Shape for 2017 With a Local Running Club
Is one of your New Year's resolutions to start walking or running to lose weight, get in shape or just to get our of the house? Don't go it alone! Find you "happy pace" and new best friends/training partners with one of these local running clubs in the Treasure Valley!
My boyfriend still questions "why is this fun" every time he comes to watch me race. It's either extremely cold, extremely hot or I can barely walk when I finish. The answer is simple, I continue to run because it's brought the most awesome people into my life (and I'm just a little bit crazy.) Honestly, I probably wouldn't have ran a step between completing the City of Trees Marathon in October and New Year's Day if it were for my running group, Team Run Boise. Some of the other members didn't want to see me give up for the rest of 2016 and held me accountable for running a least one a week, even if it meant they had to meet me at my apartment at some ungodly early hour on a Saturday morning. They're an awesome group and I can't accurately describe their energy in words!
It's no doubt that having people that have your back helps you stick to your goals, so whether you walk for fitness, are a new runner or a longtime vet there’s a group for you to keep you on track in 2017! Click a group name to learn more!
Team Run Boise is all about bringing together runners of all levels together to build a stronger running community in the Treasure Valley! Organized, through Fleet Feet Meridian, it offers race reimbursements for the first 60 people to join each year, a team t-shirt, discounts on Saucony products at Fleet Feet and more. There is a $25 membership fee if you want all the goods but if you’re not ready to commit to paying the fee quite yet you can come meet quite a few Team Run Boise members during Village on the Run on Wednesday nights. It’s a free group run that starts at Fleet Feet on Wednesdays at 6 PM and includes social time at a Village hot spot after the run.
The thing I love most about the BAR is that they welcome runners and walkers of absolutely every ability. During any given group run, you can find members running 18-20 miles to prepare for a marathon or members just wanting to go for beautiful walk down the Greenbelt. It doesn’t matter how far or fast you ran when you join other members for brunch or dinner and drinks after your workout. The group posts their runs on Meetup.com. You can join them on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings.
This is Fleet Feet’s training program and I am absolutely in awe of what it’s done for the couch to 5K runners I’ve met. The beginner program targets people who are inactive or brand new to walking/running. It trains them through a run/walk interval program over the course of 10-12 weeks with the goal of finishing a 5K. The faster 5K program helps you take your 5K to the next level by teaching pacing and form. Both programs include coaching, a t-shirt, nutritional plan and group supported runs for a fee. They will be introducing a training group for a spring race soon!
There’s something that Mike Shuman and his crew at Shu’s offers that you won’t find anywhere else in the Treasure Valley. Dark Chocolate and hugs at every visit to the store on State Street! They host a small run group for runners and walkers of all abilities on Thursday evenings at 5:30. You can choose a 3, 4 or 5 mile loop and join their mileage club to win some cool swag from the store throughout the year. Plus you won’t want to miss their themed runs like the Halloween costume run and tour of Christmas lights in Boise’s north end. It’s absolutely free to run with this Shu’s group!
I love the coaches at Galloway? Why? Louise Seeley and her husband Mike are the reason I lived through my first marathon. The group helps people of all ages and abilities learn former Olympian Jeff Galloway’s run/walk/run method and successfully finish a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon. They provide you with everything you need to be successful from a training schedule with run routes, speed/hill training workouts, aid stations during long runs and discounts at almost all the area running shops. There is a fee for each training program, but it’s worth it. Their new season starts in February and will target a local race in May (Famous Potato 10K/Half Marathon) and destination race in June (either the Glacier Half Marathon in Wyoming or Pacific Crest Half Marathon in Oregon.)
It’s been around since 2003 and welcomes all ages and abilities. According to their website, the group’s goal is to help you run or walk a 10K, half marathon or marathon while teaching wellness through exercise, nutrition and group support. They break up their training sessions into winter, spring and summer seasons with a different race as a goal each session. Their winter session targets the Race to Robie Creek in April and Famous Potato races in May.
Ever see those cool hot pink jerseys on FitOne race day? Those are the Boise Betties, a all female running and racing club. For a fee, you can join them and get one of those pink jerseys, plus access to their weekly club runs, closed Facebook group, discounts from a local running store and select local races. They also have a membership level that includes coaching and support a group of elites.
The Hashers are world renown for being a "drinking club with a running problem." When they set their mission as "drink, run and then drink some more" and their products as "embarrassment, shame, ridicule and other good old fashioned fun," you know you're going to have a good time with them. Members go by names like Passhole, Pump N Run, Three's Company and other names that are way more NSFW than I can post here, but it's all in good fun. They meet Mondays at 6:40 PM in rotating locations.