Spring weather is definitely showing itself here in Asheville🍃. Time to lace-up the Adidas (or whatever shoe brand, we don’t discriminate) and hit the trails.
Don’t want to run alone? Don’t know the best trails? Don’t have the motivation solo? No worries. Check out 15 (mostly free) local running groups to start *literally* race into the new season with.
Takin’ it on the trail
Monday Night Group Run | Every Monday | 6:30 p.m. | Hardtimes Trailhead in Bent Creek | Four group runs, ranging from 8 – 10 miles to 3 – 4 miles (and from 7:30 min/mile pace to 14 min/mile pace).
Hellbender workout | Every Wednesday | 6:30 p.m. | Hardtimes Trailhead in Bent Creek | Trail workouts, which will vary to accommodate training for distances from sub-marathons to ultras.
Women’s Welcome to Trail Running | Every Second Saturday of the Month | Hardtimes Trailhead in Bent Creek | All paces + distances welcome. 3 – 4 miles. ( All part of Part of N.C. Mountain Trail Runners ).
Asheville Track Club
Every Tuesday | 5:30 p.m. | Carrier Park pavilion
Every Thursday | 5:30 p.m. | Carrier Park pavilion
Saturday | 8 a.m. | Locations vary depending on upcoming races. Contact John, ATC president, before run.
Did someone say beer??
HBC Run Club | Every Wednesday | 6:15 p.m. | Highland Brewing | 12 Old Charlotte Hwy | Down and back runs with different turn-around points to push runners of just about every level.
Wedge Run | Every Thursday | 6:15 p.m. | Wedge Brewing | 37 Paynes Way | A self-paced, self-guided run along the French Broad River, which follows a 8.6 mile out-and-pack (but you can turn around for a shorter option). Pro-tip: New runners get a free beer at the end.
Pro-tip: The Ville to Ville Craft Brew Relay, a 73-mile team running event from Asheville to Greenville, is looking for volunteers. A perfect time to bring your brew-crew out to support fellow runners. Details here.
Call in the experts
Jus’ Running | Tuesday | 8:15 p.m. + 6:30 p.m. | 523 Merrimon Ave. | Strength + speed interval training lead by Jus’ Running store staff from 5k to marathon, all paces welcome. Bonus: Shop for your shoes + shorts before your run.
Fleet Feet Sports Asheville | Fleet Feet offers a few different paid running groups in Asheville. Choose between No Boundaries Beginner 5k Program, Half Marathon Training or Full Marathon Training. Each of these programs offer several perks like a store discount, First Aid staff, a personal coach + more.
Asheville Running Collective | ARC is a USATF-certified, post collegiate WNC racing team. This is for the runners who are looking for more than the social vibe + great health. Even if you don’t feel up to joining, check this competitive team out.
Connecting online (and IRL)
Asheville Running Social | Online running community | This Facebook open forum is the place to share your running + outdoor fitness adventures. Discuss races, group runs, upcoming charity events, etc. to create your running squad.
Asheville Running | Holding almost 1,600 members, this Facebook group is constantly running with updates. From upcoming races, workouts + trail meetups, this is a great spot to search for your running crew.
Let’s Run, Asheville! | This Facebook group is your go-to for all things running. Post pictures, running plans, find a running bud, ask questions + engage in as many other running-related things you can imagine.
Asheville Ladies Trail Running Group | This trail running group is found on Facebook and dedicated to the women of WNC who don’t want to hit the trails alone. All about that buddy system.
Asheville, NC Moms RUN this town | Calling all Asheville moms…check out this Facebook group all about the running social scene but is just for moms.