Fairmount Running Club combines fitness and fun

The Fairmount Running Club formed in 2003 for the purposes of safety, fitness, and mutual motivation. The club started with only a handful of people and today has grown to 600 members and participants of all abilities and levels. Last year, the Fairmount Running Club was voted the #1 Running Club in the City on the 2012 Philly Hot List.

There are no membership fees to join the Fairmount Running Club—newcomers and beginners are always welcome. With the increase in membership, the Fairmount Running Club has also added social events for members. They toast the achievements of their members at a monthly, “No shower happy hour,” and host tailgate parties after local races like the Broad Street Run and Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half.

The Fairmount Running Club strives to be a good ambassador of running and the local neighborhood. To support the running community, members often volunteer for local races each year, and host fundraisers for local running charities like Students Run Philly Style.   

If you’re interested in joining the Fairmount Running Club, or simply stopping by for a run, weekly runs take place on Kelly Drive, the steps of the Art Museum and Wissahickon Valley Park. There are no necessary applications or membership process, simply just show up to any group run!

The Fairmount Running Club does not train for any specific events, but most members are racing almost every weekend and follow a set weekly schedule that they incorporate into their training plans. On Monday, members meet at 5 p.m. at Lloyd Hall on Kelly Drive. Tuesday is a step workout at 6:45 p.m. on the Art Museum steps, Wednesday, a comfort run at 6:45 p.m. at the Fairmount Running Company Store, Thursday at 6 a.m., at Lloyd Hall on Kelly Drive and Saturday mornings at Wissahickon Valley Park.

If interested in more information, visit their website at runfairmount.org or check out their Facebook page or email runfairmount@yahoogroups.com to contact club leaders.

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