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Welcome to Community Running!

We are a fun running club in the Boston-metro area. We offer coached workouts each week and year round. Our workouts are perfect for everybody, regardless of age, experience or ability. Our core membership is made up of "middle-to-back-of-the-pack" runners who run for fun, fitness, and often for a good cause. Members also volunteer together.
 

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Best wishes to everyone running the Boston Marathon!

 

Sean Nyhan joins CR as our new Wednesday night coach. Welcome, Sean!

No workout on Monday, April 21st -- we'll either be running or spectating the Boston Marathon. Look for us at St Paul St near Mile 24. If you're running, we'll be on the right-hand side of the street.

We will be moving to the outdoor track starting on Wednesday, April 23rd.

CR announces its 2014 Grand Prix lineup.

April 7 is the start of our next C25K class! The target race is the 5K part of the inaugural Runners World weekend race.

 

Our Workouts

Mondays

People start showing at 7pm at the MIT outdoor track, and at 7:15pm, we head out for an easy 1.6-mile warmup run. We then split into two groups. Coach Allison works with the 5K and 10K runners while Coach Brian works with the half- and full marathon runners.

Wednesdays

Just like on Mondays, we meet at the MIT outdoor track and start with a warmup run outside starting at 7:15pm. Coach Sean designs his workouts to be a good complement to Monday's workouts.

Saturdays

Saturdays are uncoached long runs, with everyone choosing their own distance. We meet on the ground floor (or just outside on the southeast corner) of the MIT student center starting at 8am. People leave no later than 8:15am. Some people just come for an easy 4 miles; others are in the midst of marathon training and are going for 14, 17, or 20 miles. Afterwards, people often congregate at Area Four in Technology Square.

 

How Do I Join? What do I need to know?

It's really easy to join.
  • First, sign up for a free two-week trial membership. (Current members can renew their membership at that link as well.) [1]
  • Then, we strongly encourage people to join our low-traffic mailing list to get news and announcements. We also have a social mailing list (higher traffic) and longrun mailing list for our weekend long runs. Joining those two are optional, dependin on your interests.

Then, just show up! We recommend people show up dressed to run (layer appropriately for weather) and bring your own water (there are no nearby drinking fountains). If you need to change, there are bathrooms available in the nearby buildings.

When you show up, please introduce yourself! Our members come and go as their schedules allow, so we may not spot a new face in the crowd.

If you're coming by T, get off at either the Kendall or Central stops on the Red Line. If you're coming by car, you can park anywhere along Vassar St. If you're lucky, you can get a parking spot across the street from the outdoor track, but you may need to head further west to find a spot. Parking is free after 6pm.

[1] Note: we're flexible on membership costs, so if you need more time to decide, or if money is unusually tight, please talk to any Board member or send email to info@communityrunning.org. We don't want money to be a barrier to people joining us.

 

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C25K Program

We also help mentor totally new runners. Never run before? Can't run a mile? Not a problem. Everyone has to start somewhere, and many of our members started with the Couch-To-5K Program (C25K). Our New Runners Program is for new runners looking for support and camaraderie.

New runners are ultimately responsible for their own running, but it sure helps to have a support network -- for instance, a community of runners! On Monday nights, one CR member will work with all the new runners to help people get started, answer questions, and generally be available to help out. As always, our coaches can answer your questions in detail either before or after the workout.

Program Starts... ...for 5K Race on
Feb 17, 2014 (Mon) Apr 27, 2014 (Sun) - Spring Classic 5K
Apr 7, 2014 (Mon) Jun 7, 2014 (Sat) - Runners World 5K (part of the 10K and half-marathon weekend).

Do I need to register? Can I start late?

No need to register, but it's helpful to know who is coming. Just drop us a line at info@communityrunning.org.

You can start the program late, but you may not be able to train up in time for the targeted 5K. Not to worry, though -- there are tons of 5K races going on all year!

Am I a new runner? Should I be joining the C25K program?

If running a 1.6 mile warmup loop doesn't sound daunting, you should just jump into our workouts. But if you haven't built up to running a full mile yet, then you should join our C25K program. When you show up, just let people know you're here for the C25K program -- we don't want to accidentally send you out on the warmup loop!

Featured Member

Once a month, we feature a different member here in this space.

Name - Serguei Alleko

Where you live - Boston

Occupation - Product Manager @ Smarter Travel

Favorite distance - I'm just a beginner and I haven't tried all of them. But so far the marathon is my favorite.

Your favorite running route (can be city, park, country type of terrain) - Charles River Esplanade

Favorite pre-race food - yogurt+banana+oatmeal+coffee

Favorite post-race food - anything they give me after the finish line.

Distances PR (if you want to list) - 5K 22:00, 10K 45:05, half 1:42:53, marathon 3:30:10

Why do you run? - It changed my life in so many ways! I feel healthier, more focused, more mentally stable.

Best run/race memory? - Finishing my first Tough Mudder.

What made you choose CR? - Possibility to progress quickly in my training while having fun.

What would you want to tell someone who's thinking about running but unsure of how to start? - Don't worry if you think you're too old. I started to run being way older than usually advised.

Favorite Quote - Life will find many different reasons for you not to run (c) coach Ryan