About two years ago I discovered the joys of running. I’m not really a hardcore runner, but I have slowly worked my way up from running my first 5K back in 2010 to completing my very first half marathon, The Tobacco Road Half, just last month. Along the way I have come to recognize the amazing running culture here in the Triangle. Not only are there tons of great local races, but there are also a number of fantastic run clubs that add a great socializing aspect to running that makes the whole experience even more fun and rewarding.
These informal run clubs are comprised of runners of all levels that meet each week to run, hangout, and maybe drink a beer or two. They are very casual, free to join (just show up) and are a great way to keep your weekly runs interesting and meet new people. Many of the clubs meet at local breweries or pubs so after the run it is easy for people regroup for a drink and compare notes about upcoming races.
I live in Raleigh so the run club I frequent most is the Big Boss Brewery Run Club. It meets each Tuesday at 7pm at Big Boss Brewery. There are four official routes (3.1, 4, 5 or 6 miles) that offer a combination of greenway and road running depending on the distance you choose. Afterwards, runners meet back at the brewery to enjoy some local beer and there is often a food truck on the scene as well. It isn’t uncommon to see people running with a baby jogger or a leashed dog in tow. All in all it is very inclusive and a great time!
Additional Triangle Run Clubs
I love the Bog Boss Run Club, but there are several other awesome run clubs throughout the Triangle. You can find a great list of Triangle Area Socila Run Clubs organized along the right hand side the Beer & Racing Blog here. While you’re there, check out Jon’s recap of his recent races. I find them very helpful when researching potential races to enter.
Popular Upcoming Triangle Races
As I mentioned, there are also a number of awesome races held in the Triangle each year. I’ve focused the list below on longer distance races like half and full Marathons. However, many of these events also include smaller 5k’s and fun runs as well. Here is a quick rundown of some popular races coming up in 2013
–Raleigh Rocks Half Marathon (April 7th)
–Run Raleigh Half Marathon (April 14th)
–Tar-Heel 10 Miler (April 20th)
–NC Road Runner’s Club Invitational Half Marathon (May 19th)
–Midtown Race Series – Lookout Capital Half Marathon (June 1st)
–Midtown Race Series – Johnson Lexus Half Marathon (September 21st)
–Bull City Race Fest Half Marathon (October 20th)
–City of Oaks Marathon & Half Marathon (November 3rd)
Raleigh will also host the Rock-n-Roll Marathon for the first time on April 13, 2014. Registration for this race opens today (April 1st) with a special $30 discount today only.
Good Luck to all of you with races coming up and happy running!