19 Free Run Clubs in Boston

Want some company while you work out? Join one of these free running groups.

Heartbreak Hill Running Company

Heartbreak Hill Running Company’s group/Photo provided

One of the best parts of spring is finally, finally saying goodbye to the treadmill, and getting back to running in fresh air. Even better? Boston is decidedly a runner’s city, and it’s bursting with free run clubs. Here are 20 you can join now.

1. Adidas RunBase Run ClubEach Tuesday at 6 p.m., join Adidas for a three- or six-mile run. As an added perk, its Boylston Street store boasts locker rooms and showers.

2. The Brighton BangersThis group meets in Oak Square on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday runs are paired with post-workout socializing at the Last Drop.

3. The BurrenWhy not have dinner and a run? This Somerville joint hosts 5K fun runs on Mondays at 6:45 p.m., which end back at the restaurant.

4. Dashing Whippets Run ClubChoose among Saturday morning long runs, which meet at the Adidas store on Boylston Street, Tuesday night workouts at the MIT track, and Thursday night workouts in Charlestown.

5. Davis Square Runners: Tired of running the same routes? This group mixes up the length, location, and speed of its runs, so there’s something for everyone. Check the website for upcoming meet-ups.

6. Forest Hills Runners: This Jamaica Plain group hosts Tuesday evening tempo workouts; social runs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; and track workouts on Thursdays.

7. Frontrunners BostonSpecifically geared toward the LGBT community, this run group meets at Club Café on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for social runs followed by brunch.

8. Heartbreak Hill Running CompanyBoth the South End and Newton stores offer all-levels running clubs. As a bonus, the jaunts are led by some of the best running coaches in the city.

9. LululemonEvery Monday at 6 p.m., a running group departs from the Lululemon store in the Prudential Center.

10. Marathon Sports: Marathon Sports leads 13 different running groups in a variety of locations. Not only is the running free, you could score discounts and swag from the store.

11. The Most Informal Running Club EverThis group is known for its Saturday runs along the Charles, and its potluck brunches. Run either a four-, six-, or seven-mile loop, then head back for a potluck breakfast.

12. New Balance Run GroupRun either a three- or five-mile loop starting and ending at the New Balance store on Boylston Street. After the run, you can enjoy refreshments at the store.

13. Night Shift Brewing Running TeamNight Shift’s weekly run club sets out on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for a 5K run. Enjoy some beers in the taproom afterward.

14. North End Running ClubMeet on the Greenway on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. for a social run through the North End.

15. The November ProjectArguably Boston’s signature free fitness group, the November Project meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. to run the Harvard Stadium stairs, and on Fridays at 6:30 a.m. to run the Summit Avenue hill. On Monday mornings, runners can also set off to meet the group for a circuit training workout.

16. Run Fellow Run ClubRunners of all paces are welcome in this group, which follows routes through Somerville and Cambridge on Tuesday nights and through Boston on Thursday nights.

17. Happy Soles Run ClubJoin the club for runs departing from the American Fresh Brewhouse Beer Garden at Assembly Row, or the Somerville Brewing taproom. Check the website for dates and details.

18. Stephi’s Run ClubLove running and eating? Stephi’s in Southie hosts a weekly running club on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., followed by appetizers and drinks.

19. True RunnerOn Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., True Runner leads three-mile fun runs around Chestnut Hill.

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.

  • Lori Manzelli

    You missed Run Fellow (Tuesday nights in Cambridge & Somerville) and Slumbrew Happy Soles (Twice monthly – once out of its Assembly Row Beer Garden and once out of the Slumbrew Brewery – both in Somerville)

    • Jamie Ducharme

      Thanks, Lori! We’ll add those to the list.

  • Meredith Parkinson

    You missed the Dashing Whippets Running Team, which meets for group runs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. in Back Bay and for track workouts on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. at the MIT track. The website is boston.dashingwhippets.org. Thanks!

    • Jamie Ducharme

      Thanks, just added it!

  • Nick Holt

    I could’ve saved you some time. Show up to NP (if you haven’t already)! 🙂 http://www.notesfromnick.com/free-weekly-workouts-boston/

  • Leandrew Belnavis

    Unnamed Run Crew meets every Tuesday and Saturday. Tuesdays: 7pm at Laced Boston (426 Mass Ave), Saturdays: 47 brand (286 Newbury Street). All paces welcome!