Fitness Resource Guide

By Casey Lyons | Boston Magazine |

Casual to Hardcore: Running Clubs

The Most Informal Running Club Ever
Shared goal: Make friends and/or sweat out hangovers.
Runs: Monday nights starting at the Prudential Center; Tuesday track workouts; 3 to 6 miles along the Charles on Saturdays.
Members: 2,200, mostly twenty-somethings who run as a lifestyle rather than for competition.
Cost/Info: Free;
Bonus: Potluck breakfast on Saturdays!

The Somerville Road Runners
Shared goal: Run for fun, beer, competition, or all of the above.
Runs: Monday-night 5K pub runs; Tuesday track workouts; Thursday 4.06-miler; longer runs on Saturdays.
Members:  350, ranging from lifestylers to sub-3-hour marathoners.
Cost/Info: $30 per year (track workouts are an extra $60);
Bonus: Since 2005, the club has raised more than $140,000 for charity.

L Street Running Club
Shared goal: “Ninety percent want to train for the marathon,” founder John MacDermott says of members.
Runs: Tuesday and Thursday fun runs, 6 to 8 miles; long runs of up to 22 miles from various locations around the city on Sunday mornings.
Members: 640, mostly between 30 and 60 years old.
Cost/Info  $45 per year for new members; $25 to renew;
Bonus: Summertime barbecues and a sponsored Thanksgiving run.

Cambridge Running Club
Shared goal: Competition training for current and former athletes (or people who can keep up with them).
Runs: Midweek track workouts; 8- to 20-mile-long runs on weekends.
Members: 200.
Cost/Info: $75–120 per year;
Bonus: Team scoring at USA Track & Field–sanctioned events.