Whether you are new to town and want to make new friends, looking to find a running partner or training for your next race, Boston is a top city for running clubs.
Since we all have unpredictable schedules, I spent some time organizing the running clubs by day. (Updated November 2017)
November Project | 6:30AM | Location Varies | http://november-project.com/destination-deck/
Lulu Lemon Run Club | 6:00PM | Prudential Center | https://www.facebook.com/groups/happiesthour/
Stephani’s Run Club | 6:30PM | Southie | https://www.facebook.com/groups/946918185406877/
New England Spahtens (Obstacle Course Race Training) | 6:30PM | Harvard Stadium or Indoor Track | https://www.facebook.com/nespahtens/
Burren 5K Run | 6:45PM | Davis Square, Somerville | http://www.srr.org/events/bur_run/
The Breakfast Club | 6:00AM | Audubon Bar (Occasionally Changes) | https://www.facebook.com/groups/311047069047188/
Nike Run Club/Heartbreak Hill Running Co./ (Outdoor Track) | 6:35AM | MIT Track | http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/cities/boston
New Balance/Stephanie’s on Newbury Run Club (3-5 miles) | 6:00PM-8:00PM | 190 Newbury Street | https://www.facebook.com/pg/NBBackBay/events/
Uncommon Movement (FREE Bootcamp) | 6:30PM | Hatchshell, Esplanade | https://www.facebook.com/theuncommonmovement/
Adidas RunBase | 6:00PM | Adidas Store Near Hynes | http://www.bostonrunbase.com/
The Most Informal Running Club (Track) | 6:30PM | Harvard Stadium | http://www.meetup.com/bostonruns/
Tracksmith (Speedwork) | 6:30PM | 285 Newbury Street, Boston, MA | https://www.facebook.com/tracksmithrunning/
She Runs Boston (formally Team LUNA Chix) (3-4 miles) | 6:30PM | 92 Newbury St, Athleta | https://www.facebook.com/groups/sherunsboston/
Social Boston Sports Run Club (3-7miles) | 6:30 – 8:30PM | LIR (903 Boylston Street | https://www.facebook.com/bostoncommunityrunning/
Unnamed Running Crew | 6:30PM | Under Armor (800 Boylston Street) | https://www.instagram.com/unnamedruncrew/
Davis Square Road Runners (4-6 miles) | 7:00PM | Davis Square, Somerville | http://www.meetup.com/DavisSquareRunners/
Forest Hill Runners (Tempo Run) | 7:00PM | Jamaica Plain | https://www.facebook.com/groups/foresthillsrunners
Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners (3-8 miles) | 7:15PM | Near Lechmere T Stop, East Somerville | http://www.kbfreedomrunners.com/tuesday-runs-from-courtside/
RunFellow (3-5miles) | 7:30PM | Cambridge/Somerville Area | http://runfellow.com/runclub/
November Project | 5:30AM–6:20AM OR 6:30AM-7:20AM | Harvard Stadium | http://november-project.com/stadium/
Brighton Bangers (2-8miles) | 9:30AM | Oak Square, Brighton, MA | http://www.brightonbangers.com/
Marathon Sports Cambridge | 6:30PM – 7:15PM | Between Harvard/Porter T | http://www.marathonsports.com/pages/rungroups
Marathon Sports (3-5miles) | 6:30PM | Near Boston Marathon Finish Line | http://www.marathonsports.com/pages/boston
Forrest Hill Runners | 7:00PM | Jamaica Plain | https://www.facebook.com/groups/foresthillsrunners
Heartbreak Hill Running Club (Hill Club) | 7:00PM – 8:15PM | Heartbreak Hill, Newton, MA | http://www.heartbreakhillrunningcompany.com/
Boston Run + Chug (4 miles) | 7:00PM | Location Varies | http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Fun-Run/
Breakfast Club (1-6miles) | 6:00AM | Café Nero, Brookline | https://www.facebook.com/groups/311047069047188/
Longfellows x Janji Running Club (3-6miles) | 7:00AM | Longfellows/Lamplighter Brewery (Cambridge) https://www.facebook.com/groups/147431422414700/
Uncommon Movement (FREE Bootcamp) | 6:30PM | Boston Common (Soldiers & Sailors Monument)| https://www.facebook.com/theuncommonmovement/
South End Athletic Company (Speed Workout) | 6:30PM – 8:30PM | South End | http://www.southendathleticcompany.com/calendar/
Adidas RunBase | 6:30PM | Adidas Store Near Hynes | http://www.bostonrunbase.com/
Davis Square Road Runners (4-6mi) | 7:00PM | Davis Square, Somerville | http://www.meetup.com/DavisSquareRunners/
Somerville Road Runners (4miles) | 7:15PM | Ball Square/Winter Hill, Somerville | http://www.srr.org/events/thursday-night-run/
RunFellow (3-5miles) | 7:30PM | Downtown Boston | http://runfellow.com/runclub/
November Project | 6:30AM – 7:15AM | Top of Summit Ave, Brookline | http://november-project.com/summit-ave/
Boston Road Runners (5-16miles) | 7:45AM | Copley Square | http://www.bostonroadrunners.org/long-runs/
Forest Hill Runners | 9:00AM | Jamaica Plain | https://www.facebook.com/groups/foresthillsrunners
Juice Press | 9:00AM- 12:00PM | 33 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill | https://juicepress.com/
Heartbreak Hill Running Club (Long Run) | 9:00AM | Heartbreak Hill, Newton | http://www.heartbreakhillrunningcompany.com/
Brighton Bangers | 9:30AM | Oak Square, Brighton, MA | http://www.brightonbangers.com/
South End Athletic Company (Long Run) | 10:00AM | South End | http://www.heartbreakhillrunningcompany.com/
Boston Bulldogs Running Club | 10:00AM | Chestnut Hill Reservoir (Outside Starbucks) | http://www.bostonbulldogsrunning.com/
The Most Informal Running Club (Fun Run) | 10:00AM | EMS Store in Allston | http://www.meetup.com/bostonruns/
Cambridge Sports Union (2.5-5miles) | 10:00AM | Fresh Pond (Cambridge Near Alewife T) http://csurun.org/?page_id=516
Adidas RunBase(Long Run 6-18mi) | 9:00AM | Adidas Store Near Hynes Convention Center | http://www.bostonrunbase.com/
Tracksmith (Long Run 5-12 Miles) | 9:00AM | 285 Newbury Street, Boston, MA | https://www.facebook.com/tracksmithrunning/
Boston Brunch Runners (Run 1-6miles & Brunch) | 9:30AM | Location Varies | https://www.facebook.com/groups/BostonBrunchRunners/
Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners (Long Run ) | 10:00AM | Somerville Brewing Company, 15 Ward Street in Somerville | http://www.kbfreedomrunners.com/sunday-runs-from-slumbrew/
Weekly Running Group Organizers: Please let me know if I missed your running club in the comments!! I’ll update the post.
Other methods of getting free workouts
- Take advantage of your health insurance program by joining a gym. Gym reimbursement varies by plan but the majority should reimburse you for three monthly payments. (Note: You’re on your own for any activation/cancellation fees.) Join a gym in the winter New England months and get outside in April!
- Facebook Events: Use Facebook as search engine and search ‘fitness’ in the search bar and filter by ‘events’ or use Facebook’s Events section in the left-navigation.
- Eventbrite is another “search engine” that allows for filtering of free activities/events.
- Visit MoveWith.com and browse for FREE classes or Google site:https://www.movewith.com/classes “Free” to search the entire site for free classes.
- View SecretBoston’s Monday-Sunday list of Free Fitness Classes in Boston this Summer (2017)
Read my latest blog post, How to Save Money on Running and Working Out.