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Written by Maureen Jacob   
Monday, 28 April 2008 15:06

Run for Your Social Life!
Running doesn’t have to be a solo sport. Read on for tips on local running groups and social running resources so you’ll never roam alone again!

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Now that Old Man Winter has been put to rest and everyone has the case of Spring fever, why not take advantage of the gorgeous weather and hit the ground running, girl? If you have plans to start a workout regiment to get in shape for swimsuit season, why not consider joining a local running group? We here at Cincy Chic know how busy you ladies are, so we've broken down some of the local running groups by days of the week, so you can join a group that fits your lifestyle. We only listed groups that focused on running because this is a running issue! (If we didn't catch wind of your group, please let everyone know about it in the comments below)


Don your chic running gear, lace up those kicks and get ready to run for your social life!

Sunday

6:30 a.m. The Westside Bestside Running Club meets at Western Hills High School in Price Hill (meets at 7:00 a.m. starting Labor Day to Memorial Day). Varied distances. Contact Debbie at (513) 451-4936 for more information.

7 a.m. The O'Bryonville Running Spot's members meets for long runs for fall marathon training. Open to all runners, route maps provided. Click here for details or contact Joe at (513) 321-3006 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

7 a.m. Avondale Running Club. Locations vary; Members average 8-12 miles at each location. Contact Elizabeth Brown at  (513) 961-7145 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

7:30 a.m. Team Generic's members meet at the McDonald’s at 3rd & Philadelphia streets in Covington, from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Contact Mel Baute at (859) 331-9336. (Time changes to 8:00 a.m. after Labor Day.)

8 a.m. An informal group meets at Lunken Terminal then runs to Hyde Park, approximately 10 miles at an 8:00 minute pace. Contact Tom Cummins at (513) 231-8643 for more information.

8:30 a.m. Greater Cincinnati Trail Runners. Contact Roger Robinson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for run locations.


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6:15 p.m. Frontrunners of Cincinnati is a social club for gays and lesbians interested in running and walking. Members meet at the Mt. Storm Park's entrance, by the end of the parking lot. Contact Jamie at (513) 591-1132 for more information.

6:30 p.m. Lifetime Fitness Group Runs are held in Deerfield Township. Contact Melanie at (513) 770-9769 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

6:30 p.m. The Runner's Depot of Loveland's "5K on the Trail" begins May 29, throughout the summer and start from the front of the store.

7 p.m. The Ross Area Striders meets at the First Baptist Church of Ross (Layhigh and School roads of 128 in Ross, Ohio) to either run or walk at various distances and ability levels. Contact Doreen Barrow at (513) 894-9464 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


Thursday

10 a.m. The Ross Area Striders meets at the First Baptist Church of Ross (Layhigh and School roads of 128 in Ross, Ohio) to either run or walk at various distances and ability levels. Contact Doreen Barrow at (513) 894-9464 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

6:15 p.m. Frontrunners of Cincinnati. Members meet at the gazebo near Mirror Lake in Eden Park. Contact Jamie at (513) 591-1132 for more information.

6:15 p.m. The Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati meets at the Clifton Recreation Center behind the old Clifton School (corner of Clifton and McAlpin Avenue). Contact Todd at (513) 574-4502 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

6:30 p.m. An informal group of runners of all abilities meet at the Running Spot in O’Bryonville. Contact (513) 321-3006 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

 6:30 p.m. Lifetime Fitness Group Runs are held in Deerfield Township. Contact Melanie at (513) 770-9769 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

6:30 p.m. Sin City Hash House Harriers and Harriettes. This club, known as "a drinking club with a running problem,” runs three to four miles every third Thursday. Call (513) 956-7234 or visit click here for more information.


Friday

8:45 a.m. L.O.A.F. (Long On A Friday) is a co-ed running group that meets in Hyde Park (2882 Ziegle Ave.) Members run eight miles or more at all abilities. Contact Diane Rose at (513) 321-7610 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Saturday

7 a.m. The ECHO (Eastern Cincinnati Harrier's Organization) Running Group of Cincinnati meets in the parking lot of the Parkside Christian Church at 6986 Salem Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio. Existing routes start and finish at the church lot, have each mile marked and range from three to six miles. A 20-mile run can be completed without running the same route twice. All levels of runners are welcome. Contact Brian Nash at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Mike Flora at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

7 a.m. Got Hot Wives Running Club (GHWRC) isn't just for guys; Members meet for a scenic Saturday morning run, usually 10 miles, by The Ascent in Covington. Check Web site for schedules and more information.

7 a.m. The Joints in Motion Training Group-Ohio River Valley Chapter meets at Bob Roncker's Running Spot in O'Bryonville. Contact Joe at (513) 321-3006 for more information.

7 a.m. The Just Your Average Northern Kentucky Running Group meets at the corner of Burlington Pike and Camp Ernst Road at the Boone County Extension Center (park in the rear.) Typically groups run between 12 and 20 miles at a 8:30-9:30 pace. Time changes to 6 a.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Contact Ken Cahill at (859) 816-6120 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

7 a.m. The Saturday Morning Run Group (SMRG) is a co-ed running group that meets at the corner of Delta and Observatory streets in Hyde Park and runs for 10-15 miles, at a 8:00-9:00 minute pace. Contact Ken Knight at (513) 233-0561 for more information.

8 a.m. This informal group meets at the Powell Crosley Jr. YMCA parking lot to run varied distances at all abilities from Labor Day - Memorial Day (time changes to 7:30 a.m. after Memorial Day.) Contact Dave Miller at (513) 772-4583 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

8 a.m. The Cincinnati Christian Runners group's goal is to "utilize God's gift of running to further His Kingdom through fellowship, community and service." Check the Web site for run schedules and locations or contact Chuck at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

8 a.m. Lifetime Fitness Group Runs are held in Deerfield Township. Contact Melanie at (513) 770-9769 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

9 a.m. The College Hill Rhythmics members meet at the College Hill Coffee Company on Hamilton Avenue to run with the runners or walk with the walkers for 30 to 60 minutes. All fitness levels welcome. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

9:15 a.m. Frontrunners of Cincinnati. Members meet at the Spring Grove Cemetery.
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Resources

New to the whole running thing? Then check out this article for tips before you hit the ground running.

The Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati
This non-profit running club caters to Cincinnati running singles looking to meet other running singles or for those just looking for other runners in Cincinnati to network with. The Club sponsors races, parties, picnics, group runs, happy hours and other events for all Cincinnati runners.

Bob Roncker’s Running Spot
Now with stores in two locations, O'Bryonville and Glendale, the Running Spot is known as the premier venue for Cincinnati runners. The knowledgeable and enthusiastic sales staff will custom-fit a pair of shoes, sign you up for the comprehensive newsletter and give you great training tips. Roncker's offers a unique clinic series around Flying Pig marathon time, as well.

RunningTime.net
SIte that offers selected race information and results, as well as links to other race calendars, running sites etc.

RUNOHIO

Launched in 1988, the print and online presence of RUNOHIO is Ohio's and the Midwest region's most comprehensive source of information for runners including coverage of running, duathlons and triathlons in Ohio, West Virginia, northern Kentucky, southern Michigan, eastern Indiana and western Pennsylvania. It also features the Ohio High School Cross Country & Track State Championships and the U.S. Olympic Trails and National Championships.

Ohio Runner
The name says it all! This resource has everything an Ohio-based runner could ever want to know about their sport or territory.

Runner's World Magazine
The Web site of the popular trade magazine, it provides a newsletter, training tips (from 5K to marathon), race calendars, motivational ideas, nutritional articles and shoe reviews. Beginning couch potatoes need not apply - this site uses lots of running lingo that you might not know yet.

Running Times Magazine
Not as current as the Runner's World site, but it provides the same training and nutrition articles. Additional features include profiles, travel stories and books on running.

Trackcoach.com
For a monthly fee, a coach will create a running program for you based on your goals and skill level. Different tiers ensure a different number of check-up e-mails, phone calls, gear discounts, etc.

Kicksports.com
A simple and easy-to-follow, interactive site for new to advanced runners.

About.com
Everything you ever wanted to know about running. This is a great place for beginners: Two simple "get-started" programs are written out for users to try. Articles on safety tips and youth running were available, as well.
 
Youractivepet.com
Is the Fido in your life as active as you are? Take him on a run! This site has all the latest pet exercise apparel, such as backpacks, leashes, boots, coats and even energy bars! Click here for a great article about what you should know before you take your pet for a run.

Trailrunner.com
If you think that running on regular ole' pavement is boring and you need something more challenging like a mountain or a dirt trail, then check out this site which provides a listing of trails and mountain running in Ohio, such as the ones in Yellow Springs and Hocking Hills.

PHOTO CREDITS:
Photographer: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Location: Gateway Quarter
Models (left to right): Olga Gil, Johanna Hartman and Amy Storer
Makeup Artistry: Jocelyn Sparks, Zoë Custom Cosmetics


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