Are you someone who would rather run with the pack than as a lone wolf?
Running clubs around Baton Rouge have sprung up recently as more and more people are taking to the streets and running together. From running vets training for a full marathon to a shuffler looking to complete his or her first 5K, these groups offer paces and routes for every runner.
Varsity Sports has been the premier running and fitness retailer in the Baton Rouge area for years, and the store also has one of the most popular running groups in the city. Varsity Sports owner Jenni Peters leads the running brigade with runs for every distance, pace and experience level – from Baton Rouge’s fastest to newer and not-so-fast runners. There is no fee to run with Varsity Sports; Just be ready to run!
If there’s a road race in Baton Rouge, chances are Club South Runners is behind it. CSR started in 1977 to promote running for all ages and abilities in and around Baton Rouge. The club sponsors races, fitness clinics and social events throughout town. Membership costs $20, and members receive discounts on races and at running retailers, members-only running schwag and a subscription to the club’s newsletter and Baton Rouge running events.
Scott Higgins and Michael Lang started Happy’s Running Club in 2008 as a way for people to “run … drink … and be Happy.” Five years later, Happy’s is still running strong. In fact, it’s grown from 17 runners on its first Tuesday evening run to regularly drawing about 300 – at times around 450 – participants. The group meets at Happy’s Irish Pub in downtown Baton Rouge at 6:00 p.m. every Tuesday. Membership costs $35, and runners of all levels – and their dog – is invited to join.
Fleet Feet is the newest running store to the Baton Rouge scene, and like Varsity Sports, Fleet Feet also holds group runs during the week. Fleet Feet staff, many of whom are former college runners, are at the running events and can share their knowledge with participants. The group meets on Thursday evening and Saturday mornings, which gives you plenty of time to still make kickoff at Tiger Stadium.
Sunday means Runday for members of the Northgate Athletic Club. One of the newer running groups in Baton Rouge, the club teamed up with Massey’s to host group runs every Wednesday and Sunday at the North gates of LSU’s campus. The group meets at 5:30 p.m. both days for runs around the LSU lakes and area around the university campus. Membership is $20, and members receive a Brooks technical running shirt and discounts at local businesses, including Massey’s, Varsity Sports and Serrano’s.