Find Your Pack: How to Get Involved in Local Running Communities
There are many activities that you can do by yourself, but running isn't always one of them. Newcomers and recently relocated runners both often seek out a running partner as one of the first things on their To Do List.
Local running communities are vibrant in almost every city or state, and there's nothing better than taking on a new trail or race with a group of like-minded runners.
Involvement in a local running community isn't just for social reasons, but a great way to familiarize yourself with what an area has got to offer.
Here's how to find your pack and get involved in local running communities.
Getting to Know Running Communities
The Benefits of Running in a Group
Running can be a social activity, and there are many clear benefits that you can get out of running in a group instead of by yourself.
The first advantage to joining a local running community is safety in numbers. Accidents are more likely to happen if you are alone, and injuries can be difficult to cope with if an athlete suddenly goes down and there's nobody to help.
Running in a group can also take the sting out of a longer route, or just add to the enjoyment of going out to run and meeting up with friends.
If you still run alone, then it might be time to find your pack.
Running in a group promotes competitive spirit – and that's a good thing. Most people are a lot more likely to get involved and challenge themselves to reach higher and further goals when they have others around them to compare their progress to.
The right running group can always keep you on your feet!
The Best Routes... Are Shared Ones!
Here's a secret about why local running groups are the best way to get involved: they'll know the best local routes! If you want to get to know an area better, all you have to do is get in touch with your local running group and find out when you can join in.
Finding Your Pack
Sites Like Meetup
Meetup is one of the best websites you can visit to find people with similar interests. Running is one of many interests the site represents, and you can create an account to find all the local running groups meeting in your area – and details on how to get in touch if you'd like to join up.
Try Local Trails
One of the best ways to meet local running groups doesn't even have to involve the internet. All you have to do is show up to local running trails. Many running groups don't mind it if someone extra tags along for the route, and you might make a few great friends this way.
Conclusion: The Trail Together
Don't forget about the power of social media. The whole point of social media sites like Instagram or TikTok is to connect people – and there are many groups and channels that can put you in touch with some of the best local running trails in your area, all you have to do is ask.
Going for a run?
Take on the trail together with a group!
- Grivet Outdoors