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D.C. area running groups

Runners from D.C. Road Runners club stretch before a run in Arlington. (James A. Parcell/For The Washington Post)

These are just some of the area clubs that host group runs. Are we missing your group? Add it in the comments.

D.C. Front Runners

Annual membership $25, full-time students $10, households $40

The D.C. Front Runners chapter is a running, walking and social group for gay people and friends in the Washington area. All are welcome regardless of athletic ability. Founded in 1981, it is one of about 100 Front Runners chapters across the world. The group holds regular noncompetitive runs and walks, in addition to social events and a race circuit.

D.C. Road Runners

Annual membership $20, students $10, households $25

This group, which welcomes runners of all ages and abilities, is affiliated with the Road Runners Club of America and USA Track & Field. It holds group runs, track workouts and club races, and offers coached training programs (it’s the official training program provider for the Army Ten-Miler). Most runs are in the District and Arlington.

EZ8 Runners

Six classes $75, eight classes $100, 12 classes $150; discounts for returning participants

EZ8 was developed as an eight-week training program for women who wanted to run an eight-minute mile (hence the name). Most sessions are eight weeks long, though a four-week summer express session started July 8. Runs take place on the Mall, and distances vary but never exceed six miles.

Montgomery County Road Runners Club

Annual membership $35, students $20, families $50; two-year memberships also available

MCRRC has almost 5,000 members and is one of the largest running clubs in the United States. Founded in 1978, this all-volunteer club is open to all levels of runners and offers everything from youth running groups to experienced marathon-training programs. It is affiliated with the Road Runners Club of America.

Northern Virginia Running Club

Annual membership $25, students $20, families $35

NOVA, a member of the Road Runners Club of America, welcomes runners of all levels and ages, and current members range from teenagers to seniors. Activities include track work, tempo runs, long runs and post-training meals, trail cleanups and happy hours. Weekly newsletters report on the latest strength workouts and running trends.


Fun runs free; fall distance program $125-$500

The running store, which has locations in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Logan Circle, Pentagon Row and Silver Spring, hosts free fun runs every week. It also hosts races almost every month. The fall program of the Pacers Distance Project, which started in June (memberships are still available), is a coached training program with weekly track workouts and distance runs in the District, Arlington and Alexandria.

Prince George’s Running Club

Annual membership $20, students $10, families $25; two-year memberships also available

PGRC is open to all fitness and ability levels and offers training programs for races such as 5Ks and half-marathons. Track work and evening runs are also among offerings.

Washington Running Club

Annual membership $20, families $30

WRC is a group of Washington-area runners who meet for distance runs, track workouts, race events and social gatherings. All ages and abilities are welcome, and Sunday distance runs leave from Georgetown. The group also joins other organizations for runs in Arlington and the District.



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