Find Your Tribe: The Ultimate Guide to Running Groups in Philly

Here, where to find over 50 running groups in Philly and the 'burbs. Take your pick!

Let’s be honest: Running is much easier when you have someone to chat with to take your mind off of the fact that your legs might start a protest and stop moving on you any second. And I won’t even bring up the various foot issues or occasional chafing — you runners know exactly what I’m talking about. As it turns out, running groups are a means of both distraction and encouragement.

If you’re looking for both of those things this spring training season, peruse this list and you’re bound to stumble upon a running group that’s the right fit for you. We’ve got all the bases covered, from trail-running groups to training groups to beer-running groups, with meet-up locations all over Philly and in the ‘burbs. So take your pick and get movin’! 

Running groups in Philadelphia

Athleta and the Monster Milers’ Running Group
When: Second Sunday of every month at 10 a.m.
Where: Athleta, 1722 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse
Typical Run: three-ish miles
Membership Fee: None

Back On My Feet 
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 a.m.
Where: Varies (They have four groups around Philadelphia)
Typical Run: Between one and five miles
Membership Fee: None, although you must be referred by one of the group’s partner organizations and attend an orientation to join the group; you can sign up on their website.

Black Girls Run! Philadelphia 
When: Daily, check out the schedule here.
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: Mondays & Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays 7:30 a.m.
Where: Varies (Each day has it’s own location)
Typical Run: Varies
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.
Where: Dilworth Park
Typical Run: Three to five miles
Membership Fee: None

East Falls Flyers
When: Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Falls Bridge, East Falls
Typical Run: Three to four miles; group grabs post-run drinks at a neighborhood bar.
Membership Fee: None

Elkins Park Beer Runners
When: Varies
McKinley Tavern, 881 Township Line Road, Elkins Park *but is subject to change
Typical Run:
Three to five miles
Membership Fee:

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; between 1 and 7 miles depending on the day
Membership Fee: None

Fishtown Beer Runners  
When: Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Where: Palmer Park at Frankford Avenue and East Palmer Street, 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

Lez Run Running Club
When: Wednesdays at 6:15 and some Saturdays and Sundays, but times/location vary; check the schedule.
2300 Market Street (on Wednesdays)
Typical Run:
About four miles
Membership Fee:

Lululemon Walnut Street Run Club 
When: Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Where: Lululemon Walnut Street, 1720 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse
Typical Run: Three to five miles
Membership Fee: None

Manayunk Beer Runners
When: Varies, check their Facebook page
Manayunk Bridge, Manayunk
Typical Run:
Three to five miles
Membership Fee: 

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

Moms RUN This Town: Center City 
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m.
Where: Taney Park entrance to Schuylkill River Trail, 26th and Spruce Street, Fitler Square.
Typical Run: Three to four miles
Membership Fee: None

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

OPAC Run Club
When: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fado Irish Pub, 15th and Locust Streets, Rittenhouse
Typical Run: Three to four 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. and Mondays at 7 p.m.
Where: Lloyd Hall on Saturdays and William Way Center on Mondays
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. and Tuesdays at 6:15 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 Distance Runners
When: Every other Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Starting location varies
Typical Run: Varies; usually 10 to 20 miles
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. Evening runs on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (start time changes for the summer to 7 p.m. on May 1st)
Where: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday runs are at Front and South Streets, Wednesday runs are at 6th and Race Streets
Typical Run: Anywhere from two to 10 miles.
Membership Fee: None

T3 Philly 
When: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m.
Where: Tuesdays at Temple University Track and Saturdays at Lloyd Hall
Typical Run: This is a triathlon training team, so expect group runs of four to six miles, bike rides and swimming sessions, varying in distance.
Membership Fee: $40 for the year

Team DetermiNation
When: Saturdays 8 a.m.
Where: Llyod Hall
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee:There are a few membership options for the cancer-fighting crew which can be found here.

Team Humane League Meatless Monday Running Crew
When: Monday evenings
Where: Check Facebook group for weekly start locations and times; runs end at a restaurant for a shared meatless Monday meal.
Typical Run: five miles
Membership Fee: Free

Team Philly Race Training 
When: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Wednesdays at Philadelphia Runner University City, Thursdays at Philadelphia Runner Center City, Saturdays on Kelly Drive and Sundays at the Valley Green Inn
Typical Run: Training runs for everything from 5Ks to marathons, ranging from a run as short as three miles to their Saturday morning long runs.
Membership Fee: $65-$100 for the year, depending on the training package chosen.

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: 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

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, 1601 Sansom Street
Typical Run: Two to five miles
Membership Fee: None

Running groups in the ‘burbs

Ambler Area Running Club 
When: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 a.m.
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 and Bryn Mawr.
Typical Run: Varies depending on the day
Membership Fee: $30 for the year for an individual, $40 for a family

Bucks County Road Runners 
When: Various days and times
Where: Various locations in the Philly area and New Jersey
Typical Run: Varies; expect trail runs and track workouts
Membership Fee: $40 for the year for an individual, $55 for a family

Conshohocken Running Club 
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
Where: Tuesdays alternate between the Conshohocken Brewing Company and the Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School track, Thursdays are at the Conshohocken Brewing Company and on Sundays the meeting location varies (make sure to check updates on Facebook).
Typical run: Varies
Membership Fee: None

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

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

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

Philadelphia Runner Glen Mills Track Workouts 
When: Thursdays at 6 a.m. *
Where: Garnet Valley High School, 552 Smithbridge Road, Glen Mills
Typical Run: Track intervals, typically adding put to three or four miles
Membership Fee: None

When: Days vary; usually Saturdays, Sundays and some weekdays
Where: Varies
Typical Run: Anywhere from three to 12 miles. Marathon training can be as long as 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. You can try group runs for up to 30 days for free to see if it’s a good fit before committing to a membership.

West Chester Running Club 
When: Tuesdays  at 5:15 , Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m.
Where: Various locations
Typical Run: Three to 12 miles and Tuesdays are speedwork days.
Membership Fee: $20

Running groups In New Jersey

Black Men Run
When: Dates and times can be found on their Facebook page.
Where: Locations can be found on their Facebook page.
Typical Run: Varies
Membership Fee: None

Fleet Feet Marlton Group Runs
When: The first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. for a pub run and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. every week
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 two miles (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 at 6 a.m., Thursdays at 6 p.m., Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m.
Where: Various locations in Middletown, Long Branch, Ocean Grove and Lake Como
Typical Run: Four to seven miles, with distance runs on Sundays up to 22 miles
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 Lakes, 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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