Run Fun: Ultimate Guide to Running Clubs in the Philadelphia Area

fishtown beer runners

Fishtown Beer Runners // Photo via Facebook

As a new runner and avid hater of any temps above the mid-70s, lacing up my running shoes and heading outside has been an intense battle of wills lately. With the first heat wave of the season officially upon us, finding the motivation to go for a run can be a challenge. But when you need a little extra encouragement, there’s nothing better than a friend (or 10) to get you moving. Below, find 30+ running clubs in the city, ‘burbs, and Jersey that are sure to keep your spirits and your heart rate up. 

In Philly

Black Girls Run! Philadelphia
When: Daily
Where: Runs leave from locations around the city, including Lloyd Hall, the Northeast, Mount Airy and even some suburban locations like Delco and Montgomery County
Typical run: Varies. Each meet-up has a detailed description with run information
Membership fee: None, but you must register with the website to view the run information.

City Fit Girls Running Club
When: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at Dilworth Park
Typical Run: Three miles. Runs are open to all levels and abilities
Membership Fee: None




City Sports Running Club
When: Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Where: Meet at City Sports Center City (1608 Walnut Street)
Typical Run: Three to five miles.
Membership Fee: None.

Fairmount Running Club
When: Various days and times
Where: Various locations, including Fairmount Running Club, Art Museum steps, and Eastern State Penitentiary
Typical Run: Varies, includes 3 to 7 mile runs and workouts
Membership Fee: None

Fishtown Beer Runners 
When: Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Where: 2346 E. Susquehanna Ave, Fishtown
Typical Run: 3 to 5 miles
Membership Fee: None

Lululemon Walnut Street Run Club 
When: Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Where: Lululemon, 1527 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse
Typical Run: 3 to 5 miles
Membership Fee: None

Passyunk Beer Runners
When: Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Where: Passyunk Avenue and Dickinson Street, South Philly
Typical Run: 2 to 7 miles
Membership Fee: None

Philly Achilles
When: Saturdays at 9 a.m.
Where: Cigna Building lobby, 1601 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: None

Philadelphia Frontrunners
When: Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.; Mondays at 7 p.m.
Where: Saturday, Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Fairmount; Monday, William Way Center, 1315 Spruce Street, Midtown Village
Typical Run: Around 5 miles
Membership Fee: None

Philly Runners
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 a.m.
Where: Art Museum steps, Fairmount
Typical Run: Varies, including speedwork, hillwork and 4 to 8 mile runs
Membership Fee: None

Point Breeze Runners
When: Mondays at 7 p.m.
Where: 20th and Federal Streets, Point Breeze
Typical Run: 3 to 5 miles
Membership Fee: None

South Philly Striders
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 a.m.; Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 a.m.
Where: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Front and South Streets; Wednesdays 6th and Race Streets
Typical Run: Anywhere from 2 to 10 miles. Wednesday run is 3 miles, across the Ben Franklin Bridge and back.
Membership Fee: None

Southwest Center City Run Club
When: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 a.m.
Where: In front of City Fitness, 21st and South Streets
Typical Run: 4 miles
Membership Fee: None

Team Philly Race Training
When: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.; Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Wednesdays, Philadelphia Runner University City, 37th and Walnut; Thursdays, Philadelphia Runner Center City, 16th and Sansom; Saturdays, Kelly Drive, Fairmount
Typical Run: 3 to 5 miles as well as distance runs
Membership Fee: 10 week Broad Street Run program, $100; 14 week Half Marathon program, $150; 14 week Full Marathon program, $175; Fall 2014 Training, $175

Torresdale Beer Runners
When: Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Where: Location varies, starts at a bar or restaurant in the Northeast
Typical Run: 3 miles
Membership Fee: None

West Philly Runners
When: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 45th and Locust Streets (in front of Abyssinia)
Typical Run: 2, 4 and 6 miles routes that change weekly
Membership Fee: None

Wissahickon Wanderers Running Club
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 a.m.
Where: Tuesdays, Chestnut Hill Academy, 500 W. Willow Grove Ave, Chestnut Hill; Thursdays and Saturdays, Valley Green Inn, Valley Green Road at Wissahickon, Chestnut Hill
Typical Run: Varies, including trail runs and track workouts
Membership Fee: None

Young Involved Philly Running Club
When: First Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Runner Center City, 16th and Sansom
Typical Run: 2 to 5 miles to a Philadelphia landmark
Membership Fee: None

In the ‘Burbs

Ambler Area Running Club
When: Daily except Wednesdays and Fridays, various times
Where: Various locations
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: $20

Bryn Mawr Running Club
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Where: Bryn Mawr Running Club Stores in Media, Bryn Mawr, and Manayunk
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: $25

Bucks County Road Runners
When: Various days and times
Where: Various locations
Typical Run: Varies, including trail runs and track workouts
Membership Fee: $20

City Sports Wayne Run Club
When: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: City Sports Wayne, 309 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne
Typical Run: 3 to 5 miles
Membership Fee: None

Conshohocken Running Club
When: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for road running, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. for track runs.
Where: Thursday runs originate from the Conshohocken Brewing Company; Tuesday runs are at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School (201 East Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting.)
Typical run: Thursday runs happen along the Schuylkill Trail and are moderately paced; Tuesday workouts are speed workouts.
Membership Fee: None.

Delco Road Runners Club
When: Daily except Fridays
Where: Various locations, including Springfield, Collingdale, and Media.
Typical Run: Anywhere from 2 to 10 miles
Membership Fee: None

Fast Tracks Running Club
When: Daily, various times
Where: Various locations, including Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge and Conestoga High School track
Typical Run: Varies, including track workouts, 4 to 6 mile runs and long distance runs
Membership Fee: $20

Jenkintown Run Club
When: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Jenkintown Running Company, 416 Old York Rd., Jenkintown
Typical Run: 3 to 10 miles
Membership Fee: None

Lululemon King of Prussia Run Club
When: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Visitors Center at Valley Forge Park, King of Prussia
Typical Run: 3 to 5 miles
Membership Fee: None

Lululemon Suburban Square Run Club
When: Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Where: Lululemon Suburban Square, 41 St. Georges Road, Ardmore
Typical Run: 3 to 4 miles
Membership Fee: None

Platoon Fitness Trail Runs
When: Sundays at 7:30 a.m.
Where: Bike rental parking lot at Valley Forge National Park, King of Prussia
Typical Run: Varies, including hills, trail runs and runs in the park
Membership Fee: None

West Chester Running Club
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
Where: Various locations, including Westtown Track and West Chester University
Typical Run: Tuesdays are track workouts, Thursdays are middle distances, and Sundays are long distances
Membership Fee: $25

In New Jersey

Fleet Feet Marlton Group Runs
When: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Feet, 109 Rt. 73 South, Marlton
Typical Run: 3 to 5 miles
Membership Fee: None

Jersey Shore Running Club
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.; Sundays at various times
Where: Various locations in Middletown, Long Branch, and Lake Como
Typical Run: 4 to 7 miles, with distance runs on Sundays
Membership Fee: $15

Pineland Striders
When: Sundays at 7 a.m.; Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sundays, Shawnee High School, Medford; Tuesdays, Sturbridge Lake Hills, Voorhees
Typical Run: 4 to 6 miles, distance runs, and hill runs
Membership Fee: $15

Road Runners Club of Woodbury
When: Thursdays at 6:30
Where: Wood Street parking lot near Woodbury High School track, Woordbury
Typical Run: 3 miles
Membership Fee: None

South Jersey Athletic Club
When: Tuesdays at 5:30 a.m.; Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.; Sundays at 7 a.m.
Where: Various locations, including Haddonfield High School and Haddonfield Running Co.
Typical Run: Varies, from track workouts to 6.6 mile runs and distance runs
Membership Fee: $20

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