Find Your Fit: The Ultimate Guide to Running Groups Around Philly

Why run alone when you can run with friends?

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Whether you’re training for a marathon or just trying to get your jog on, running takes motivation. And if you’re anything like me, somewhere between lacing up your sneakers and walking out the door, something more interesting catches your eye (Say, a How I Met Your Mother marathon?) and you’re all “Running who?”

Not to worry, though: There’s no need to struggle alone. What’s better than a few running buddies to keep you up and at ’em? We’ve rounded up over 40 running clubs in and around Philadelphia to help keep you motivated. And pssst: Plenty of the clubs even go out for beer (or milkshakes!) after. You know, if you need even more motivation to get out the door.




In Philly

Back On My Feet 
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 a.m.
Where: Varies (They havefour teams around Philadelphia)
Typical Run: About six miles
Membership Fee: None, although you must attend an orientation to join the group; you can sign up on their website.

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
Membership fee: None, but you must register with the website to view run information.

Black Men Run Philly 
When: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row
Typical Run: Four miles
Membership Fee: None

Chasing Trail Running Club 
When: Sundays at 8:30 a.m.; other randomly scheduled runs are updated on their Facebook page.
Where: Valley Green Inn, Wissahickon
Typical Run: Four to six miles
Membership Fee: None

City Fit Girls Running Club
When: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Dilworth Park
Typical Run: Three to five miles on Wednesdays and six or more miles on Saturdays. Runs are open to all levels and abilities
Membership Fee: None

City Sports Running Club 
When: Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Where: 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 Company store, Art Museum steps, and Lloyd Hall
Typical Run: Varies; expect four- to five-mile runs and workouts
Membership Fee: None

Fishtown Beer Runners  
When: Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Where: 2346 East Susquehanna Avenue, Fishtown
Typical Run: Three to five miles
Membership Fee: None, but you're going to want to bring some cash for your post-run beer.

Honeygrow Run Club 
When: 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month
Where: Philadelphia Runner Center City, 1601 Sansom Street
Typical Run: Three to five miles
Membership Fee: None

Lululemon Walnut Street Run Club 
When: Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Where: Lululemon Walnut Street, 1422 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse
Typical Run: Three to five miles
Membership Fee: None

Manayunk Running Club 
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Tuesdays at JD McGillicuddy’s (111 Cotton Street, Manayunk), Thursdays at Philadelphia Runner (4358 Main Street, Manayunk)
Typical Run: Four to seven miles
Membership Fee: None

Misery Loves Company Philly Trail Runners 
When: Varies; check Facebook page for more information
Where: Various locations on trails throughout the Philly area
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: None

Moms Run This Town 
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m.
Where: The pedestrian bridge at Schuylkill River Park, 25th Street and Delancey Place, Fitler Square
Typical Run: Three to five miles
Membership Fee: None

New Balance Philly Run Group
When: Sundays at 10 a.m.
Where: New Balance Philadelphia, 1615 Walnut Street
Typical Run: Three to five miles
Membership Fee: None

Passyunk Beer & Java Runners 
When: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m.
Where: Passyunk Fountain at South 11th Street and Passyunk Avenue
Typical Run: Tuesday runs are between three and five miles, Thursday runs are between four and seven.
Membership Fee: None

Philadelphia Frontrunners 
When: Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row
Typical Run: Around five miles
Membership Fee: None

Philadelphia Runner Center City 
When: Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Where: 1601 Sansom Street, Center City
Typical Run: Three to five miles
Membership Fee: None

Philadelphia Runner Manayunk
When: Sundays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 4358 Main Street, Manayunk
Typical Run: On Sundays, the group goes for a six- to 10-mile trail run; on Thursdays, it's a three- to five-mile city run.
Membership Fee: None

Philadelphia Runner University City 
When: Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
Where: 3621 Walnut Street, University City
Typical Run: Three to five miles
Membership Fee: None

Philadelphia Runner Track Club
When: Sundays at 8:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Wednesdays at 6:20 a.m., and occasional Fridays at 6 p.m.
Where: Starting locations vary. See here.
Typical Run: Depending on the day, everything from long runs to tempo runs to hill workouts — and, of course, track workouts.
Membership Fee: None

Philly Achilles 
When: Saturdays at 9 a.m.
Where: Lobby of Cigna Building, 1601 Chestnut Street, Center City
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: None

Philly Fun Run 
When: Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Where: A different bar each week
Typical Run: Four to five miles
Membership Fee: None, just visit RSVP on the Meet-Up event before each run

Philly Runners 
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m.
Where: Art Museum Steps
Typical Run: Varies; expect speedwork, hill work and four- to eight-mile runs
Membership Fee: None

Point Breeze Runners 
When: Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: American Sardine Bar1800 Federal Street, Point Breeze
Typical Run: Three to five miles
Membership Fee: None

Shake Shack Run Club 
When: Second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Runner, 3621 Walnut Street, University City,
Typical Run: Three to five miles
Membership Fee: None, but if you buy and wear a Shack Track & Field tee ($10), you’ll get a free cup or cone of frozen custard after the run.

South Philly Striders
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.
Where: Front and South Streets
Typical Run: Anywhere from two to 10 miles.
Membership Fee: None

Southwest Center City Run Club 
When: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.
Where: In front of City Fitness, 2101 South Street, Graduate Hospital
Typical Run: Four to five miles
Membership Fee: None

T3 Philly 
When: Sundays at 12 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sundays at Philadelphia Bikesmith (1822 Spring Garden Street) and Tuesdays at Temple University Track at 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue
Typical Run: This is a triathlon training team, so expect group runs, bike rides and swimming sessions, varying in distance.
Membership Fee: $40 for the year

Team Philly Race Training 
When: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.
Where: Wednesdays at Philadelphia Runner University City, Thursdays at Philadelphia Runner Center City, Saturdays on Kelly Drive
Typical Run: Training runs for everything from 5Ks to marathons
Membership Fee: $64 for the year

Torresdale Beer Runners
When: Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Where: Location varies; starts at a bar or restaurant in the Northeast
Typical Run: Varies, see Twitter for information on each run
Membership Fee: None

Vetri Pig Trotters
When: Third Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m.
Where: Alla Spina, 410 Mount Vernon Street, Fairmount.
Typical Run: Low-key, three-to-five miles — with drink and food specials at Alla Spina for runners afterward, including free bacon.
Membership Fee: None

West Philly Runners 
When: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 45th and Locust Streets (in front of Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant)
Typical Run: Two, four and six mile routes that change weekly
Membership Fee: None

Wissahickon Wanderers Running Club 
When: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.
Where: Valley Green Inn in the Wissahickon
Typical Run: Varies; expect trail runs and track workouts
Membership Fee: None

Yards Beer Runners
When: The third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.
Where: Southeast corner of Franklin Square, 6th and Race Streets
Typical Run: Four miles
Membership Fee: None, just register on their website

Young Involved Philly Running Club
When: First Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. (dates and times sometimes change, so check their Facebook page to be sure)
Where: Philadelphia Runner Center City, 1608 Walnut Street
Typical Run: Two to five miles
Membership Fee: None

In the ‘Burbs

Ambler Area Running Club 
When: Various days and times
Where: Various locations
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: $20 for the year

Bryn Mawr Running Club 
When: Various days and times
Where: Bryn Mawr Running Club Stores in Media, Bryn Mawr, and Manayunk
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: $25 for the year

Bucks County Road Runners 
When: Various days and times
Where: Various locations
Typical Run: Varies; expect trail runs and track workouts
Membership Fee: $20 for the year

City Sports Wayne Run Club 
When: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: City Sports Wayne, 309 Lancaster Avenue, Wayne
Typical Run: Three to five miles
Membership Fee: None

Conshohocken Running Club 
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m.
Where: Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Conshohocken Brewing Company, Sundays where the Schuylkill River Trail intersects with the Cross Country Trail
Typical run: Varies; hursday runs happen along the Schuylkill Trail and are moderately paced; Tuesday workouts are speed workouts; Sundays are long one- to two-hour runs
Membership Fee: None

Delco Road Runners Club
When: Daily except Fridays
Where: Various locations, including Springfield, Collingdale, and Media
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: None

Fast Tracks Running Club 
When: Daily, various times
Where: Various locations in Valley Forge
Typical Run: Four to six miles
Membership Fee: $20

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

Not Your Average Run Club
When: The first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Runner, 571 Glen Eagle Square, Glen Mills
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: None

Philadelphia Runner Glen Mills 
When: Tuesdays at 9 a.m.
Where: Philadelphia Runner, 571 Glen Eagle Square, Glen Mills
Typical Run: Three to five Miles
Membership Fee: None

S.W.I.F.T. 
When: Days vary
Where: Varies
Typical Run: Anywhere from three to 20 miles
Membership Fee: $35, you must join in order to get details about the runs. All information is kept private and is only shared with members via the group’s Facebook.

West Chester Running Club 
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m.
Where: Various locations
Typical Run: Three to 12 miles
Membership Fee: $20

In New Jersey

Black Men Run
When: Sundays at 8 a.m.
Where: Cooper River Park, 5300 North Park Drive, Pennsauken
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: None

Fleet Feet Marlton Group Runs 
When: The first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Wednesdays at the Marlton Tavern (65 East Main Street, Marlton) and Thursdays at Fleet Feet (109 Route 73 South, Marlton)
Typical Run: Wednesdays are about one mile (although you can do loops) and Thursdays are three to five miles
Membership Fee: None, but bring cash for the beer runs on Wednesdays

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

Pineland Striders 
When: Sundays at 7 a.m.; Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. (Wednesdays and Thursdays also, though times vary)
Where: Sundays, Shawnee High School, Medford; Tuesdays, Sturbridge Lake Hills, Voorhees
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: $10

Road Runners Club of Woodbury 
When: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Wood Street parking lot near Woodbury High School track, Woodbury
Typical Run: Three 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 7:30 a.m.
Where: Various locations, including Haddonfield High School and Haddonfield Running Co.
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: $20

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  • Michelle C.

    Good list, but one correction: Fishtown Beer Runners meet at 7. If you show up at 7:30, the group will already be on the way to the bar!

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  • Lucas

    PHILADELPHIA RUNNER TRACK CLUB. Fastest running club in the city.
    What: post-collegiate men and women running group
    When: Sundays at 8:30 @ Lloyd Hall; Tuesdays at 6:30 (location varies)
    Typical Run: 14+miles on Sunday, speed work on roads or track Tuesday
    Membership Fee: None
    Website: https://phillytc.wordpress.com; https://www.facebook.com/phillytc