Get In Shape for 2018 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 fiance 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 be training for my fifth marathon this spring if it weren't for my friends from Team Run Boise. Being on the team holds me accountable for running a least once a week! 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 2018! 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! There's a small membership fee to officially be part of the team, but that gets you your team t-shirt and discounts on great products at Fleet Feet Sports at The Village at Meridian. The group meets on Wednesdays for a road run and Sundays for trail runs in the Boise Foothills. 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. VOTR is free. Just meet at Fleet Feet on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. We almost always go for some social time at a Village hot spot after the run on Wednesdays!
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.
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 at the end of January and will target the Lake Lowell 10K in April and Ogden, Utah and Famous Potato Half Marathons in May.
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.
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.