Running club

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A running club, also known in some parts of the United States as a running crew[citation needed], is an eclectic institution specialising in running and oriented towards the sport and recreation of running or track and field. The club may train for and compete in cross country, road running, fell running, track and field some clubs even branch out into multi discipline sports such as triathlon.

Since the early 2000s, alternative running clubs or crews have emerged and they differ from traditional running clubs as the focus is on urban running on city streets. One of the crews widely considered to be the first is the Bridge Runners formed by Mike Saes in New York City in 2004.[1] In 2006, Charlie Dark formed Run Dem Crew in London which has since grown to several hundred people who meet every Tuesday,[2] and has led to Dark receiving a Points of Light award from the UK prime minister Theresa May for his dedication to establishing the alternative running community.[3]

Clubs by country[edit]



Region Club
Athens Panathinaikos Athletics


Region Club
Lisbon Sporting CP


Region Club
Istanbul Beşiktaş

Enka SK
Fenerbahçe Athletics
Galatasaray Athletics
Üsküdar Belediyespor

İzmir İzmir Büyükşehir Belediyesi GSK

United Kingdom[edit]

Region Club
National 100 Marathon Club

Road Runners Club (UK)

London Chelsea Running Club

Enfield and Haringey Athletic Club
Herne Hill Harriers
Ranelagh Harriers
Run Dem Crew
Serpentine Running Club
Sudbury Court Running Club
Thames Hare and Hounds
Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets Athletics Club

Cambridge Cambridge University Hare and Hounds
Plymouth Plymstock Road Runners
Leeds Kippax and District Harriers
Leicestershire Hermitage Harriers

Kirkby Milers
Knowsley Harriers

Liverpool Harriers

Liverpool Running Club
Penny Lane Striders
St. Helens Striders

South East Eastleigh Running Club
North West #247RUNNING - Cheshire

Burnden Road Road Runners - Bolton
Rochdale Harriers

Scotland Linlithgow AC
Wales Swansea Harriers Athletics Club

United States[edit]

Region Club
National Road Runners Club of America
Northeast Boston Athletic Association

DC Road Runners Club
New York Road Runners
Reebok Boston Track Club

Pacific Northwest Bowerman Track Club

Nike Oregon Project
Oregon Track Club

West Athletics West

Divine Madness Running Club
Dolphin South End Runners
San Francisco Track and Field Club
Santa Monica Track Club
Skid Row Running Club
Southern California Striders
Tamalpa Runners

South Atlanta Track Club

West Texas Running Club

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Genesis of Urban Running Crews". 3 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Charlie Dark's run club is bringing diversity to London's runners". 16 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Run dem Crew". 21 November 2018.