Running is beyond a popular activity for Boulderites. There are so many scenic running trails in Boulder, with varying degrees of difficulty and in different locations, that it can be a challenge to pick just one trail for a run (we’re not so much about moderation here). Yet somehow, most of us end up waking up, lacing up and running the same route every day just because it’s the easiest thing to do.
If you’re looking to add some diversity to your running life, why not join a running club in Boulder? There are several to choose from, each with a different dynamic. Plus, you can change up your routine and meet new, likeminded people, all while getting in some exercise.
Boulder Trail Runners
This group is kind of a no-brainer for Boulder. Of course there’s a trail running club! The best part about this running club in Boulder is that they have runs throughout the week ranging from a happy hour run that ends with a beer to a Sunday long run that lasts between two and three hours. If you’re looking for a group to challenge your trail running abilities, then Boulder Trail Runners is a good pick for you.
Boulder Road Runners
This is the club that started it all. Older than many of the participants in the club, Boulder Road Runners was founded in 1979 and is still going strong to this day. This is also more than just a casual club. They have membership dues, social events, races, volunteer opportunities and more. Their steadfast runs are on Sunday morning and a first Monday social run, but they offer many unique opportunities other than just running with a group. Check them out if you’re a runner with legs itchy for other serious runners and some solid miles.
Boulder Fun Runs
Two of the running stores in Boulder also play host to weekly “fun runs,” or social runs, where everyone is welcome. Check out Boulder Running Company’s run every Wednesday that meets outside their store at 6 pm or drop by Fleet Feet’s store on Monday at 6 pm to join in their run.
If your running experience just isn’t complete until you have destroyed a plate of French toast, then bRUNch is definitely the right running club for you. The group meets at a different restaurant each Sunday and they have 5K and 10K courses. Both courses end back at the restaurant so you can kick back, toss back a couple of mimosas, treat yourself to a well-deserved feast, and hang out with new friends.
Boulder Trail Running Breakfast Club
If things could get anymore niche than this running club, I don’t quite know what direction they would go. Maybe mimosas right in the title? Whether you’re an avid trail runner who’s looking to expand your restaurant repertoire or a foodie trying to incorporate more nature and loose dirt into your runs, Boulder Trail Running Breakfast Club is a good fit for you. Their runs are predominantly on Saturday and are all posted on their MeetUp calendar.
As you can see, there are plenty of options for those of you who want to spice up your running life by adding multiple running partners into the mix. What are you waiting for? Get of your ass and start running this spring.
Photo courtesy of Boulder Running Company.