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How To: Set Up Your Own Recovery Centered Running Club


December 2011

So, the question is, how do I set up my own club?

This will be short.

Admittedly, I got lucky on this account.  My wife found her running buddies at a meeting first and I just fell into it.  Truth be told, she’s cool like that.  The hardest part about setting up your own club is finding people of like mind who want to meet once a week to start.  There are several options for this…the less obvious are sites like Craigslist.  I peruse the site from time to time looking for good deals on bikes and I’ve seen a few requests to start up group rides.  Of course, you wouldn’t want to broadcast over the internet that you’re recovering, that would be crazy!  So keep that in mind.

So that leaves church and meetings if you attend or races.  This is really an “if you build it, they will come” type of thing.  If you can find two or three friends to meet up on a Saturday, news will spread.  Keep it open invitation and before you know it you’ll have a weekly group run.

Currently we meet at a friend’s house.  If we can’t meet there, one of the other guys hosts it at his place, and if he can’t we meet at my house – though we haven’t met here in well over a year.  If you don’t have a house to meet at, I’ve seen a lot of people meet at local trails (for running and mountain biking) or parks with paved bike paths for road riding.  Personally, I’m partial to meeting at a home.  When I was hosting several years back, my wife and I made multi-grain pancakes and bacon after the run…an excellent cap to a long run if I do say so myself.


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