What's on Tap

What's on Tap

Local run clubs make fitness social

Posted December 9, 2011
Updated December 12, 2011

Whether you love to run or find working out to be a drag, it's always more fun with friends - and there is no shortage of social events in the Raleigh area to help keep you in shape this holiday season. (So even if you lose the battle with the egg nog or sausage balls, you can make up for it at least once a week!)

Monday Night nOg Run (Downtown Raleigh): All Monday night nOg runs begin at Tir na nOg at 6 p.m. with post-run events beginning at 7 p.m. This gathering has just recently started a new route, but offers route cards before each run and also provides course monitors. nOg run also offers at five mile route extension. They also share some pertinent advice in their email newsletter: "do not run more than two people side-by-side and definitely don't run in the middle of the street!" (Just like your mama always told you...) Note: You MUST wear a headlamp/flashlight or wear reflective gear during the winter season. Reflective gear and lights are for sale each week, all for $8.00 or less, cash and credit card accepted.

Big Boss Run Club (Lake Boone Trail): Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., the Big Boss Brewing winter runs are taking place at new Raleigh retail shop, Bottle Revolution. (The run will head back to Big Boss as daylight slowly comes back in 2012.) This group meets on the back patio of Bottle Revolution and follows a 3.1 mile (5k) or five mile route - enjoying some well-deserved beers after. This is social/fun run, so all paces are welcomed.

Fit Mamas at Fleet Feet Sports (Ridgewood Shopping Center): This group meets Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and welcomes new moms, moms with children in strollers, expecting moms... pretty much any type of mom! Fleet Feet staffer and mom Jenny coordinates the group for a 1-3 mile walk or run. Drinks provided. Moms who attend 10 runs get a free shirt! Note:  All children must be in a stroller. If it is below 30 degrees or raining at 7:30am the group doesn't run. 

Thursday Social Runs at Fleet Feet Sports (Ridgewood Shopping Center): All paces welcome on Thursdays at 6 p.m. This is a social group for walkers, run/walkers, and runners - exploring the Ridge Road neighborhood for approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on what everyone wants to do when they arrive. Fleet Feet even helps to match you to others of a similar pace. Refreshments and maps provided.

Expect to sign a "run at your own risk" waiver at many, if not all, of these events. Among other rules employed by the Tir na nOg Run Club is one we think will help you find the most success at these events: "Rule 6. Don't be a stranger! This is as much a social club as it is a run club! Try to meet one person each run."

Any other local social run/walk/workout groups to share? Don't be shy, let us know in the comments below.


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  • ncsulilwolf Dec 12, 2011

    Thanks for the GREAT tip, bobby6! Those are some impressive specials and on-site babysitting, too? Wow!

  • bobby6 Dec 10, 2011

    GREAT GRAPES & HAPPY HOPS GROUP RUN: Every Thursday night at 6:00 PM the Wake Forest Area Runners hosts 3 & 5 mile routes.

    The run is in Wake Forest and meets inside The Factory (S. Main Street) at Cellar 275 in the large, dry, and warm foyer where you will find the club’s sign-in table. The running routes are very well marked every week.

    The Wake Forest Area Runners lay claim to the best post run wine and beer specials in North Carolina. After the run return inside to the warmth and comfort of Cellar 275 where you will find Gary at the counter ready to pour you a great glass of wine for only $2.00 or a frothy pint of craft ale for only $2.00. Of course, if you like your ale on the tall side, then grab the 23 oz. for only $3.00.

    The running club even provides on-site babysitting during the run so parents can even have a run date! Learn more about the Great Grapes & Happy Hops group run on the WFAR Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wakeforestarearunners/