This running trend sounds like so much fun
Well, that's exactly what the team at Without Walls (Urban Outfitters fitness brand) thinks as well. As part of their #GetMovingHaveFun Challenge this month, today they're highlighting today–running crews.
Yes, running in groups isn't anything new, but the trend continues to evolve and morph as it grows. It's not just a group of runners coming together to log a few miles (but hey, that's still great), instead it's this comrade-in-running tribe that lives, breathes and runs with a guiding mission to do something fun, and epic (like street art tours or post-run parties)-while chasing after new PRs. And, during the frigid winter months, the extra accountability doesn't hurt either.
Without Walls put together a list of some of the coolest crews across the country. See a few of their picks below, then head to WithoutWalls.com to check out the rest.
District Running Collective
When was the last time you partied with your running buddies? Like, got down with a DJ at a glammed-up holiday party? The District Running Collective meets weekly for an all-inclusive run, but stick around for a drink afterward and you'll take the experience to a whole new hard-partying level.
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and more
The brainchild of stylist/philanthropist/motivational speaker Samantha Jo Alonso, Mission: I'mPossible is a run crew that takes on much more than fitness. The group's mission statement reads, "This is about using this platform as our service to humanity. We are advocates for change. We are a beacon of hope for the broken. We lift the heads of the lost. We encourage and breathe life into each other's dreams." Are you pumped up yet?
New York City
UndoOrdinary's "fitness pop ups" combine art, creativity and movement for events that are, well, extremely unordinary. Yes, Undo is a run crew, but it's also a magazine with an emphasis on street style and how it functions in the lives of real athletes and artists. In other words, if you love fashion and love to run, this is your crew. Bonus: They regularly lead runs from Without Walls' New York City location.
The Stumprunners motto is a pun on that one thing all runners aspire for: "best time." Improve your time while having an awesome time, get it? "We're a group that wants to progress, but never at the expense of enjoying ourselves," says a spokesperson. Luckily, the good times include partaking in Portland's famous food culture.
New York City
More extended family than club, New York City's Bridge Runners transcend what most people expect from a running club. "We're laid back," says co-leader Cedric Hernandez. "We're not afraid to stop for photos-and our routes are the most scenic in New York." In the group's 10 years, it's grown worldwide, with far-flung members connecting through #bridgethegap and #crewlove. "You'll get invited to other members' houses," says Cedric. "They'll take you to their favorite restaurant, and get you into the best clubs."
16 locations across the US
Not so much a run crew as a self-described "fitness movement," November Project started back in 2011 when Brogan Graham and Bojan Mandaric decided that they were over the gym (and the membership fees that go with them), starting a two-man run group. It grew and grew and grew...with now 16 chapters across the country, every single one of them offering weekly workouts that are completely free. Oh, and really fun-the first time you go, you have to hug a stranger. Consider yourself warned.
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