Columbus Running & Walking Clubs

Black Girls RUN! Columbus

In 2009, Black Girls RUN! was created in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to encourage African American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority.
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Black Men Run

The mission of the Black Men Run organization is to encourage health and wellness among African American men by promoting a culture of running/jogging to stay fit, resulting in “a healthy brotherhood.” The group is open to beginning and advanced runners.
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Brewery District Running Club

The Brewery District Running Club (BDRC) is a free running club that was started because so many runners run solo in downtown Columbus. The group provides a great way to meet up with other runners. BDRC features a 16-week marathon and half marathon training program twice a year, following a well thought out strategy to help runners successfully reach the finish line.
Sundays at 8:30 am (Scioto Audubon Park)
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Buckeye Striders

Buckeye Striders is a group of adult athletes who walk for fun, fitness, and competition. Walkers of all paces and fitness levels are welcome to join. Then, stick around for breakfast afterwards!
Saturdays at 8:00 am (location changes weekly)
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Columbus Eastside Running Club

Columbus Eastside Running Club is a non-profit club comprised of runners of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. With locations in both Columbus and Baltimore, CERC is just a short drive from many areas in Franklin and Fairfield counties. Members receive a discount at Second Sole in Gahanna, weekly emails with training information, full access to the CERC website to view training schedules and tips, and a technical CERC running shirt.
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Columbus Moms RUN This Town/She RUNS This Town

Columbus Moms RUN This Town/She RUNS This Town is a running group for women of all ages and abilities, not just moms. MRTT/SRTT is a fun club for women in Central Ohio to get together, ask questions, get advice, run/walk/jog, and find running buddies. It also provides women with an online community built of exclusively women who help answer running questions, provide encouragement, and share personal running experiences.
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Columbus Roadrunners Club

The Columbus Roadrunners Club (CRRC) is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of promoting and encouraging running at all levels. Founded in 1975, CRRC is the oldest running club in Central Ohio and is a member of the Roadrunners Club of America. CRRC offers group runs, competitive races, social events, training information, and volunteer opportunities at a variety of events throughout the year.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 7:45 am (Oak Coves at Highbanks Metro Park)
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Whetstone Park of Roses)
Saturdays at 7:30 am (Oak Coves at Highbanks Metro Park)
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Columbus Running Company

The Columbus Running Company offers free, fun running and walking training options whether you’re 9 or 90, a walker or a runner, a beginner or a highly experienced athlete. Participants receive training schedules, weekly coaching emails. motivational support, access to weekly group runs and walks, and more.
Wednesdays at 6:00 pm – speed workout (Short North Columbus Running Company)
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm – speed workout (Pickerington Columbus Running Company)

Saturdays at 8:00 am – long run (all four Columbus Running Company locations)
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Columbus Westside Running Club

Columbus Westside Running Club is a free running and walking club on Columbus, Ohio’s westside with weekly group runs and monthly special events, including themed runs and educational guest speakers. Members enjoy discounts on races and apparel, support and encouragement, and lots of high-fives! Gatorade, water, and snacks are provided at most runs. All events are self-paced, so no one is too fast or too slow.
Tuesdays at 6:15 pm – group run (Westgate Shelterhouse)
Thursdays at 6:15 pm – speed workout (Westland High School)
Saturdays at 7:00 am – long run (Hilltop YMCA)

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Frog Wings Running Club

The Frog Wings Running Club is a group of nontraditional runners. None of them were track stars, but they decided to start running for one reason or another and have grown to support each other, get healthier, and do some running.
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German Village Walking Club

The German Village Walking Club is an urban walking group that meets year-round. Walkers can choose either a 3-mile or 5-mile route through downtown Columbus. It doesn’t matter if you’re fast or slow, a veteran or a novice walker. After the walk, the group meets at Winans Chocolates and Coffee shop to socialize.
Saturdays at 8:00 am (Schiller Statue in Schiller Park)
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Grandview Running Club

The Grandview Running Club loves to run and explore local establishments. Every week they meet at a bar in or near Grandview and run 3 – 6 miles. Routes begin and end at the same establishment and are clearly marked. Members are encouraged to stick around after the run to socialize, enjoy specials, and have a good time!
Tuesdays at 6:45 pm
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Grove City Community Running and Walking Club

The Grove City Community Running and Walking Club is a grassroots club that was founded in 2014 by a group of individuals who recognized the need for an all-inclusive running group within the Grove City community. The club has grown to roughly 25 – 30 active members and focuses on friendship, encouragement, and of course, running and walking. Members have competed in ultramarathons, trail races, marathons, half marathons, as well as 5ks and 10ks.
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Hoof Hearted Running Club

Join the Hoof Hearted Running Club for the weekly 5k Vision Quest. There is no cost to join! After the run, enjoy half off drafts for the remainder of the night. #getlitgetfit
Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
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Life Time Run Dublin

A social run group that anyone can join!
Tuesdays at 6:30 pm
Saturdays at 8:00 am (Dublin Columbus Running Company)
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Marathoner In Training

MIT will teach you about running or walking, nutrition, goal setting, how to avoid injury, pacing, and much more. Marathoner In Training has helped guide over 8,000 runners to the finish line and the 80 MIT coaches have finished over 2,500 half and fun marathons.
Mondays at 6:30 pm – group run (Fleet Feet Lewis Center)
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm – speed workout (location changes weekly)
Thursdays at 6:30 pm – group run (FrontRunner Upper Arlington)

Saturdays at 8:00 am – long run (FrontRunner Worthington)
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New Albany Walking Club

Established in 2003, the New Albany Walking Club is dedicated to promoting walking for health, recreation, and competition. As the number of individuals who run competitively has peaked, the number of walkers has steadily risen. A major reason for this increase is the awareness that walking is easier on the skeletal joins than is running, yet the cardiovascular benefits of walking can equal those of running. In addition, the mental and emotional benefits of walking such as the reduction of stress and the mental “high” are ever present. The New Albany Walking Club seeks to improve the status of walking through walking only races. group walks, organized training programs for those looking participate in races, and health and training seminars.
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Olentangy River Brewing Run Club

Meet at the brewery, run a few miles through Highbanks Metro Park, and enjoy a few beers after to celebrate! There is a one-time setup fee of $10, which earns participants an ORBC Run Club t-shirt on their 10th run and access to runners only beer specials on Tuesday nights.
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
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Rise Run Club

One of Rise’s passions is working with ordinary people with extraordinary goals. The half and full marathon training program is designed for those contemplating training for their first half or full marathon or an athlete looking to set a new personal record. There are 3 runs planned each week (track repeats, tempo run, long run), as well as 2 cross training days and participants are encouraged to join for in-studio classes to push their cardiovascular systems, as well as build the strength required for a safe race. Each week participants receive a newsletter with pertinent training information and guidance to help them train well, fuel well, and cross the finish line at their best.
Saturdays at 6:00 am
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Rocks and Roots Trail Runners Association

The Rocks and Roots Trail Runners Association (RRTRA) is a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve, protect, and promote trail access and diverse trail opportunities on Ohio’s public and private lands.  RRTRA works in concert with land managers and land owners to improve trails and facilities, promote the education of environmentally sound trail construction techniques, and is formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. All ability levels are welcome. Headlamps are mandatory for all evening runs, all distances!
Thursdays at 7:00 pm (Rocks and Roots Trail at Alum Creek)
Saturdays at 7:00 am (Rocks and Roots Trail at Alum Creek)

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Rogue Racers

Rogue Racers is a regionally competitive road-racing team, working together to elevate team and individual performance. Members have met a time qualification and train together to be the best runner they can be.
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Run Fit Running Club

Run Fit Running and Walking Club is a member-led, community-driven, non-profit club that promotes running, fitness, and healthy living. Events are family-friendly and the workouts support all fitness levels. The RRCA/USATF certified running coaches and certified fitness trainers provide free group training programs for all distances from 5k to marathon. The club also partners with area physical therapists, sports medicine professionals, and nutritionists to provide frequent health and wellness clinics and special events. Join for free group runs, group strength workouts, and social activities!
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Short North Running Club

The Short North Running Club was founded in 2013 to provide a fun social group for runners from all skill levels. From first-time runners to Boston-qualifying marathon runners, there is a pace group for everyone. Each run is 3 – 5 miles and is a loop or out-and-back route that begins and finishes at a bar.
Thursdays at 6:45 pm (location changes weekly)
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Team RWB

Team Red, White, and Blue’s (RWB) mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through athletic and social events. The group is inclusive to active duty, veterans, and civilians who desire to genuinely connect and engage with each other. Nationally, there are over 130,000 members – 1,200 are in Columbus alone!
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TriColumbus Triathlon Club

TriColumbus Triathlon Club is a social and training community of Columbus area triathletes and runners of all ages and abilities, from beginners to age group winners. TriColumbus Triathlon Club is an official USAT-registered club that organizes community workouts, social events, race support, clinics, and provides members with a range of discounts with local and national partners in exchange for an annual membership fee. We love Central Ohio. We love triathlons and running!
Wednesdays at 5:30 am (Alum Creek Beach)
Sundays at 7:00 am (Alum Creek Beach)

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