19 Free Run Clubs Around Boston You Can Join Now
There are free groups for runners of all skill levels and intensities.
One glance at the sidewalk at any given time of day or night proves Boston is a runners’ city. But if you can’t quite motivate yourself to pound the pavement alone, check out one of these free run clubs.
1. The Brighton Bangers
Billed as a fun, friendly run club, many of the Brighton Bangers’ routes end in beer or bar visits. Choose among two-, four-, or 7.5-mile routes.
Meets at Oak Square, Brighton; brightonbangers.com.
2. Charles River Running Club
If you’re trying to reach your training goals but want to do it socially, try this group. Its runs are seven miles long, and follow an eight- or nine-minute mile pace.
Meets at Magazine Beach, Cambridge; meetup.com.
3. City Sports Run Club
Membership to City Sports’ run club is free, and the group sets out each Tuesday at 6 p.m. on routes around the Back Bay. The Chestnut Hill Store also fields a run club.
Leaves from City Sports, 480 Boylston St., Boston; citysports.com.
4. Davis Square Runners
This all-levels group offers slower, shorter runs and an intermediate run on Tuesdays, as well as long runs on Thursdays.
Meets in Davis Square, Somerville; meetup.com.
5. Forest Hills Runners
This Jamaica Plain group offers social runs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, tempo runs on Tuesdays, and track workouts on Thursdays.
Meets at Stony Brook Station, Jamaica Plain; foresthillsrunners.org.
6. Frontrunners Boston
This run club for the LGBTQ community offers routes of three different lengths—three, six, or eight miles—at its Saturday morning runs.
Leaves from Club Cafe, 206 Columbus Ave., Boston; frontrunnersboston.org.
7. Lululemon Run Club
Join the sportswear brand for a run every Monday night at 6 p.m., leaving from its Prudential Center store.
Leaves from the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston; lululemon.com.
8. Marathon Sports Run Clubs
Each one of Marathon Sports’ eight locations has its own run club, so if you live or work near one of the stores, head to their website for more information.
Multiple locations; marathonsports.com.
9. The Most Informal Running Club Ever
Clearly, runners of all skill and experience levels are welcome at this informal weekly club, which chases its Saturday morning jogs with a potluck breakfast.
Leaves from City Sports, 1035 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; boston.informalrunning.com.
10. New Balance Boston Run Club
Starting this month, New Balance will host casual three to five mile runs leaving from its Boylston Street store every Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
Leaves from New Balance, 583 Boylston St., Boston; meetup.com.
11. Nike Run Club
In addition to free fitness classes, Nike offers at least three group runs a week through its run club. Just pre-register online before showing up.
Leaves from Nike, 200 Newbury St., Boston; nike.com.
12. North End Running Club
Join a casual three to six mile run around the North End on Monday nights at 6:30, or stop by on Thursdays at 7 p.m. for speed work.
Meets at the North End Greenway, Salem and Cross streets, Boston; meetup.com.
13. Parkway Running Club
West Roxbury’s Parkway Running Club has a full schedule of group runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends, with runs for athletes of all paces and endurances.
Runs leave from West Roxbury YMCA, 15 Bellevue St., West Roxbury; parkwayrunningclub.org.
14. The Quincy Running Dawgs
Choose among track, trail, or traditional runs at this free running group. Check the group’s Meet Up page for more information.
Locations vary; meetup.com.
15. Reebok Run Club
If you’re willing to get up early, meet at Reebok’s Assembly Row store for Sunday morning runs at 8 a.m. Check out the group’s Facebook page for more details.
Leaves from Assembly Row, 34 Sturtevant St., Somerville; facebook.com.
16. She Runs Boston
Women of all running abilities can meet at Athleta Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. for casual runs around the city.
Leaves from Athleta, 92 Newbury St., Boston; meetup.com.
17. South End Athletic Company Run Clubs
With options for hills, speed workouts, and long runs, serious runners—or those who aspire to be—will feel at home at SEAC’s club.
Locations vary; southendathleticcompany.com.
18. Spartan Run Club
The people behind the Spartan Race are now organizing a run club. Runs start Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., last between three and five miles, and are interspersed with cardio drills, sprints, and more.
Runs leave from Dewey Square Park; facebook.com.
19. True Runner Run Club
Need retail therapy motivation? If you attend 10 of this group’s three-mile runs, you’ll get $20 to spend at True Runner in Chestnut Hill.
Leaves from True Runner, 220 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill; truerunner.com.
Know of any other free running groups? Let us know in the comments.