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The Social Runner: Building Community Through Running

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The Social Runner: Building Community Through Running

Running is often seen as a solitary activity, a time for introspection and personal challenge. However, the rise of running groups and online communities has transformed this solitary sport into a social one, providing runners with a sense of belonging, motivation, and improved performance. Joining a running community, whether in person or online, can enhance your running experience in numerous ways.

The Power of Community

Running groups and online communities bring together individuals with a shared passion for running. This sense of camaraderie can be incredibly motivating. When you run with others, you’re more likely to push yourself, stay committed, and enjoy the journey. Here are some key benefits of being part of a running community:

1. Increased Motivation and Accountability

One of the biggest challenges for runners, especially beginners, is staying motivated. It’s easy to skip a run when you’re the only one who knows about it. However, being part of a group creates a sense of accountability. Knowing that others are counting on you to show up can be a powerful motivator. Whether it’s a weekly group run or an online check-in, the support of a community helps keep you on track.

2. Improved Performance

Running with others can lead to significant improvements in performance. Group runs often include a mix of abilities, which can push you to run faster or longer than you would alone. Friendly competition and encouragement from fellow runners can help you break through plateaus and achieve new personal bests. Additionally, experienced runners in the group can offer valuable tips and advice to help you improve your form and technique.

3. Social Connections and Friendships

Running groups provide an excellent opportunity to meet new people and build lasting friendships. The shared experience of running creates strong bonds and fosters a sense of community. Whether you’re chatting during a long run or celebrating after a race, these social connections can make running more enjoyable and fulfilling. Many runners find that their running buddies become close friends, sharing not just miles but also life’s ups and downs.

4. Access to Resources and Knowledge

Joining a running group or online community gives you access to a wealth of resources and knowledge. From training plans and injury prevention tips to gear recommendations and race strategies, you can learn a lot from fellow runners. Online communities, in particular, offer a platform to ask questions, share experiences, and seek advice from a diverse group of runners from around the world.

5. Safety and Support

Running in a group can enhance your safety, especially during early morning or late evening runs. There’s safety in numbers, and having others around can reduce the risk of injury or other issues. Additionally, in the event of an injury or emergency, having fellow runners nearby means immediate assistance is available.

6. Participation in Events and Challenges

Many running groups and online communities organize events, challenges, and virtual races. These activities can add excitement to your routine and provide goals to work towards. Whether it’s a local 5K or a global virtual marathon, participating in these events with others can make them more enjoyable and rewarding.

How to Get Involved

Local Running Groups:

  • Check local running stores or community centers for information on running groups.

    • St George Running Store does group runs each T/TH mornings. More information: here.

    • Velocity Kids a great way to get your kids running with other kids.

  • Join a club or organization like the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).

  • Participate in local races and events to meet other runners.

    • Link to local races coming up: here.

Online Communities:

  • Join social media groups dedicated to running, such as Facebook groups or Reddit forums.

    • Some of our local facebook groups include:

      • "St George Running Club"

      • "Cedar City Running Club"

      • "Southern Utah Trail Runners"

  • Use running apps like Strava or MapMyRun to connect with other runners, share your runs, and join virtual challenges.

    • "St George Running Club" is on Strava

  • Participate in online forums and websites dedicated to running.

  • We have 2 online race specific training groups going right now - click on the link to join.



Come Join ME!!!


Building a community through running can transform your running experience, making it more enjoyable, motivating, and rewarding. Whether you prefer in-person group runs or the flexibility of online communities, the support and camaraderie you’ll find can help you achieve your running goals and enrich your life. So, lace up your shoes and join the community – your next great running adventure awaits!

By embracing the social aspect of running, you can unlock new levels of motivation and performance, all while building meaningful connections with fellow runners.

Happy running!



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