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Best Running Club

2017 BEST Running Group

Chasing Trail

A jaunt with this all-paces-welcome trail-running group (they meet at Wissahickon’s Valley Green Inn at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays) squeezes in a hefty dose of nature, a calf-burning workout and a chance to make new friends, all before brunch.

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2016 BEST Running Group

City Fit Girls

Let us count the ways this ladies-only weekly running crew, which has ballooned from a handful of runners to dozens every week in two short years, rocks: They have a no-runner-left-behind rule they actually follow; a run with them doubles as quality girl time; and they occasionally end their sweat sessions with ice cream at… Read more »

2015 BEST Running Club

Passyunk Beer and Java Runners

If your personal slogan is “Will run for coffee and beer,” meet your tribe: This South Philly-based group hosts evening and morning runs that end at different East Passyunk bars and coffee shops. Read more »

2014 BEST Running Club

Young Involved Philadelphia Running Club

Once a month, a gaggle of millennials sets out on a group run to an interesting destination in the city—Lemon Hill Mansion, the Reading Viaduct—where an expert awaits to tell them everything they want to know about it. It’s a workout-turned-field-trip that ends (duh) at a nearby bar for a few endorphin-fueled rounds. Read more »

2013 BEST Running Club for Beer Lovers

Fishtown Beer Runners

Fact: When you know there’s beer at the end of your run, you’ll make it. The friendly runners who convene once a week for a three-to-five-mile run don’t hurt, either. Read more »

2013 BEST Running Club for Burger Lovers

Shake Shack’s Shack Track & Field Running Club

2000 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA

Burgers and running aren’t exactly the most obvious bedfellows, but at Shake Shack, they work. Here’s how: At 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, Shack staffers lead hour-long group runs from the Center City eatery. They always end back at Shake Shack, where you can feast on a post-run burger.… Read more »

2013 BEST Running Club

Fishtown Beer Runners

Starting point: 2346 East Susquehanna Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Intimidated by the pace-obsessed, -spandex-clad enthusiasts who populate some running clubs? This once-a-week group (Thursdays at 7 p.m.) is for you. The runs are short (usually three to five miles), the atmosphere is welcoming (all levels attend), and the post-workout refreshments (enjoyed at a different bar each week) are more than motivating. Read more »

2012 BEST Running Club

Fishtown Beer Runners

READERS’ PICK: A group whose three-to-five-mile runs end at a pub for drinks—is there any wonder this is a reader favorite? Read more »