When I first moved to Miami there were only a few running groups to join, now there are tons!
I have to believe my passion for running spurred on this growth, right?? As a newbie to any city it’s hard to find any kind of group that shares the same hobbies as you – but running groups can be especially tough to find! Unless you happen to stumble upon on on a run or you find out some information at a local running store (of course a running store should know all the local running activities!) – you may not even know they exist.
I thought I would compile a quick list for anyone new to the Miami area, or those of you who even visit and like to explore a new city by foot – these groups are a great way to meet others, see the city, and stay active through the motivation of others with the same interest. I have personally been to each of the groups and guarantee you they satisfy ALL runners from walkers to speedsters.
Miami Running Groups
Each club name in the list below is linked to a Facebook page or website with more details, so be sure to check them out for any new updates!
Nike Run Club
Every Thursday: 7 PM
Meeting Location: Nike Miami (1035 Lincoln Rd), rain or shine.
Nike Run Club is a great group, but be prepared for it to be a very large group (200+). This can feel a little intimidating at first, but if you are willing to say hello, everyone is really friendly. Because the group is so large, they have pacers and try to break up the group so everyone finishes around the same time. Make sure to check the Facebook group for other activities they plan each month and random group runs that get scheduled.
The Thursday night run starts at Nike Miami at Lincoln Road. They do punch cards so you can earn Nike gear, giveaways, etc plus they have crazy things like this piñata hunt or picture scavenger hunt to keep things fresh!
South Beach Track Club
Every Monday: 7 PM
Location: Flamingo Park Track, (Alton Road and 11th Street)
Groups usually averages 10-20 runners, so you can encourage each other and get some great attention. Started by my fellow Odwalla Ambassador Tracy, this group will really help you push to the next level. A very welcoming place – all running levels and speeds are encouraged to join.
Form First Chi Running Club
Sundays: Typically Early Morning
Location: Moves around, but often Southe Point
This group is consistently growing – and one of the friendliest groups around! Each run starts off with a short Chi Running lesson from Bryan Huberty, a certified instructor. It’s a unique group and often meet in the morning for sunrise runs which is a great way to start the day.
Baptist Health South Florida Brickell Run Club
Every Tuesday: 7 PM
Location: Fortune International building (1300 Brickell Avenue)
A large group, over 300 people run each week — so there are people who run at all speeds! If you’re new to Miami or just want to spend a night running alongside others, this is a good one to check out. You’re bound to meet many others with the same running goals as you.
Every Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 PM
Location: Footworks South Miami
FootWorks has a ton of events every month for various race training and distances – so be sure to check out their website to see all the other events. This group was one of my favorite places to really push the pace because of some great friends and super speedy runners. This is probably one of the best places for beginning runners too because there is always a great walkers group that is building up to running!
On top of the running groups that meet up weekly, there are also a lot of local charities that host group runs and events well! These groups each run for a great cause, so they are definitely something worth looking into.
Team World Vision, Team in Training and DetermiNation do a lot of training groups here, especially for the ING Miami Marathon. So they are another great way to meet a lot of folks, while also doing a little bit of good! As you know, I tend to balk at training plans so I can’t speak from personal experience on any these. I do know a lot of people who have done them and really enjoyed the groups here, especially for the water support on long runs!
Even if you aren’t a Miami local or frequent visitor, you should check out your local city and neighborhoods to see what kind of running group meetups are offered! Most cities offer them weekly, and they are a great way meet new people with the same interests, explore the city, and motivate you to get your run on!
I’d love to hear about running groups in other cities that you’ve joined or are a frequent member of! Let me know some of your favorites.
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