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Best Running Clubs In Charlotte

January 19, 2013 8:00 AM

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Whether you are a part-time runner or a hard core marathon machine, the Charlotte area has a running club for you. These clubs literally run the gamut from casually meeting once or twice a week for fun runs to putting out challenges for members to run a thousand miles. Some clubs exist in physical locations such as an athletic supply store while others function largely online. These are the best running clubs in Charlotte.

Charlotte Runners
www.meetup.com/charlotterunners/
info@meetup.com

Charlotte Runners is the largest run club in the Metro area, boasting more than 2,300 members and offering more than 11 weekly runs in locations all across Charlotte. With runners of all levels and experience levels, and runs ranging from short trainers to long runs, this club has something for everyone. It also specializes in off-road trail runs and theme-based fun runs, which are guaranteed to make you smile even as the miles disappear beneath your feet. There is no one meeting location, and the club is entirely free.

RunStrong Charlotte
5796 Cambridge Bay DriveSuite 100
Charlotte, NC 28269
(704) 650-4070
www.runstrong.org/

RunStrong Charlotte is a running club with three locations in the Metro area, part of the larger RunStrong America group dedicated to promoting fitness across the country. It offers events and activities designed for people of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels. Whether you are looking to improve your overall fitness or you want to shave a few minutes off of your best marathon time, RunStrong Charlotte can help you meet your goals. The Charlotte chapter of RunStrong meets at the Highland Creek Golf Clubhouse and the running routes are primarily around the North Charlotte area. There are locations in Huntersville and Lake Norman as well. Membership is free.

The Charlotte Running Company
Promenade on Providence
5355 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 708-5220
www.charlotterunning.com/

In August of 2000, two former distance runners, Scott Dvorak and Eric Hichman, competitors who had run against each other many times while representing their respective colleges, joined forces to open the first of three Charlotte Running Company locations in South Charlotte. These full-service running equipment and accessory stores offer not only the latest in running shoes, attire, sports electronics and nutritional supplements, but experts and instructors. They’ll help you with everything from gait analysis to choosing the proper footwear for your needs, and from proper form in stretching and weightlifting for runners to starting a beginner walking or running routine. In addition to group runs that kick off from the Dilworth location on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and offer four-, six- or eight-mile run/walks for all ages and skill levels. Charlotte Running Company organizes and sponsors some of the biggest races in the area. Membership is free.

Related: Charlotte Regional Event Calender

Charlotte Running Club
www.charlotterunningclub.org/
run.charlotte@gmail.com

Annual fee: $20.00 dollars

This is a group of semi-professional competitive runners’ passion for the sport shows in its commitment to helping and motivating others to achieve their personal goals in running. Through building a sense of community among runners across the Charlotte area, the CRC helps create a routine of consistency that allows runners of all levels to improve their overall fitness and ability to be road warriors. It offers a variety of group runs on long and short courses, discounts on athletic gear from area retailers and a whole lot of social activities for members and non-members alike. 

TrySports Charlotte
Blakeney Shopping Center
9816 Rea Road Suite I
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 544-4626
www.trysports.com/

Price: $29

TrySports is a full-service, multi-discipline athletic equipment store with two locations in Charlotte. Its focus is on the aerobic activities of walking, running, swimming, cycling, fitness, yoga and triathlon. Its Believe Achieve club offers members advice and instruction on pursuing fitness goals, choosing the proper athletic gear, exercise routines and race preparation, in as large or small doses as you desire. Choose your store location, join the club, and the manager will become your personal liaison, providing you with details of fun and exciting in-store events and runs. Enjoy free stuff, food and even product launches. Membership also includes discounts on equipment and attire.

Related: Best Sporting Goods Stores in Charlotte

Troy Nicholas Tucker is an Air Force veteran, hurricane Iniki survivor, internet junkie and road warrior. He has traveled the length and breadth of America, from Seattle to Key West, Killington to San Diego. He presently lives in Newton N.C. and his work can be found here: http://www.examiner.com/computers-in-charlotte/troy-tucker
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