Run your way to fun, fitness at weekly OKC community runs
Whether you're a new runner, an old pro or just want to try something different, weekly running groups are a great intro to OKC's supportive running community.
Have you thought about taking up running, but not sure where to start? Consider lacing up your shoes, grabbing a safety light and heading out to one of OKC's weekly running groups. Catering to all fitness levels, free weekly runs are a great way to get your heart rate up while meeting others in a supportive environment. (Pro tip: Sometimes, there's even free beer.)
Greater OKC Chamber member Red Coyote Running and Fitness currently hosts a few different options:
- Monday night social runs will whet your appetite for a 4-oz. Twisted Spike sample at the Twisted Coyote Brew Crew events, starting (and ending) at Twisted Spike Brewing at 1 Northwest 10th St.
- Tuesday Edmond Pack Pint Runs start the the store at 1300 West Covell Rd. at 6 p.m. and take a 3.5-mile loop around Mitch Park. The best part? Enjoy a free Negative Split from Chamber member COOP Ale Works afterwards.
- Wednesday head to Anchor Down in Deep Deuce, 30 Northeast 2nd St., for the Deep Deuce Draft and Dash. Stick around afterward for a free beer! Perhaps also throw down a corn dog from Anchor Down--but leave the real dogs at home if the temperature will be more than 80 degrees.
- Are you both an early bird and a woman? Girls of the Pack Runs start Wednesday mornings at 5:30 a.m. from the Edmond location (1300 West Covell Rd.). Join your chromosonal homies (chromosomies?) as you run or walk to your heart's desire (participants can choose different paces and distances).
- Thursday Pack Pint Runs start at 6 p.m. at the store on Classen Curve, 5720 N. Classen Blvd., and is an easy 3-mile out-and-back run. Reward yourself with a free Negative Split from Chamber member COOP Ale Works after the run.
OK Runner also hosts Run the Alley on Thursdays at 6:30, starting from the store at 708 N. Broadway Ave. and making a 3-mile loop through downtown and historic Heritage Hills. The group then heads over to nearby Twisted Spike Brewing for a free first beer, prizes and more. If you find Norman a little closer to home, check out their Norman location's Monday night O'Connell's and Thursday night Lazy Circles runs.
Another great way to get into running is to train with the OKC Landrunners running club. It's free and anyone can attend. Get more info here. Once you're feeling like stoking that competitive fire a bit, or if you just want to find out how fun and rewarding racing can be (or if you are just really into participation t-shirts), check out their race and event calendar or others like OK Sports and Fitness or DG Productions.