Here are six Raleigh-area hiking and running clubs for you to run, not walk, toward in 2024.
Attention, Tar Heels: Are you ready to kick your heels up and get in shape? Whether your 2024 new year’s resolution is to get fit, try something new, or make new friends, a running or hiking group can help you do all three. Raleigh residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to places to run and walk—from the urban streets of downtown Raleigh to the natural beauty of the Neuse River Trail. But exercise is more fun with friends, and running and hiking clubs are a great way to build accountability, stick to a regular schedule, and have some fun while you work out.
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If that sounds good then why wait? Here are six Raleigh-area hiking and running clubs for you to run, not walk, toward in 2024.
Raleigh-area runners may already be familiar with Fleet Feet, an independent, locally owned running shoe and athletic store with four outlets in Raleigh and Morrisville. What you may not have been aware of is that they’re the proud sponsors and organizers of a Raleigh-area running club. The Fleet Feet runners have multiple free weekly meets for all skill levels as well as the opportunity to take part in training courses, including 5K, 10K and marathon programs. After a run, Fleet Feet runners take part in a social hour with drinks, a great time to ask for tips from other runners and make new friends.
If you like getting fit but also enjoy a beer with friends, this is the running club for you. Every Monday, the nOg Run Club, named after the Tir Na nOg Irish pub owned by co-founder Elizabeth Pagano’s brother, meets to “run more than just a tab,” as the website puts it. Since 2008, the nOg runners have been holding weekly social runs and even hosting regular charity nights, with donations going toward charities in Wake County and beyond that support children, animals, veterans, and more.
Another great running club for fans of both running and beer, the Raleigh Brewing Run Club meets at two locations with weekly meet-ups on Wednesdays in Raleigh and Thursdays in Cary, making it one of the most convenient and flexible running clubs to join in the Raleigh area. The club is free to join, and their public Facebook group is highly active, not only to find club information but also as a place to exchange tips and advice, plan social and charity events, and even get good deals on athletic equipment—perfect for beginners or people new to Raleigh looking to connect.
This Meetup group is over a thousand members strong, so you won’t have a hard time finding a running buddy. The Raleigh Trail Runners are a highly active group drawing from all over the Research Triangle, with a particular focus on Raleigh and Cary. The Raleigh Trail Runners have multiple meets each week, including early-morning runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Sunday meetups at Cary’s Umstead State Park followed by coffee and conversation. Additional meetups are frequently scheduled, so be sure to check their page often.
R&D Brewing is a Raleigh-based brewery that sponsors this weekly running group for runners of all skill levels. Tuesday evening meetups have a variety of options depending on your skill level, with runners choosing between 2.5-, 3.5-, and 4.5-mile routes. On the club’s website, you can not only see who the nearly 100 members are but also take a look at which of them are currently the fastest runners for a bit of healthy competition—followed by a cold beer with friends, of course.
Women of the Triangle Hiking Club This one is for the ladies—North Carolinian ladies who love hiking, that is. The Women of the Triangle Hiking Club (WOTTHC) is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that hosts free weekly meetups via their Facebook group for women in the greater North Carolina Research Triangle area to enjoy the great outdoors. Members also have the opportunity to earn prizes for attending events, which can help you stay motivated. In addition to hiking, the club also offers opportunities to attend post-hiking yoga classes for an extra dose of fitness and relaxation.
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