The best running advice I received was to join a running club. I remember thinking it was a good idea but was overwhelmed by the number and variety of clubs, and my fear of being the slowest runner of the group. Has anyone had a similar experience?
A few years ago I joined Blue Streaks, the corporate running club for IBX employees. Our current membership is about 175 and is a mix of seasoned veterans and beginners, long and short distance runners, and fast- and slower-paced runners who gather mostly on the weekends at races. Thanks to IBX’s investment in the health and wellness of associates, our club can offer race entries every month of the year for a low membership fee.
Our most popular race is in a few weeks when 150 Blue Streakers will lace up for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Many Blue Streaks members set a goal to cross that finish line for the first time and other members want to beat their previous race time. I always caution first-time runners that the finish line is another .25 miles after the gates to the Navy Yard.
Many charities benefit from runners who raise money in exchange for an entry to the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. This year, the Blue Streaks formed a “fund-racing” team to benefit the national nonprofit Back on My Feet, an IBX and IBX Foundation community partner. This year the Blue Streaks are celebrating 10 miles and our club’s 10th anniversary with a new campaign: $10. 10 miles. 10 shares. It is a really simple concept to donate $10 and share with 10 friends. With each $10 raised and 10 shares to friends, we’re helping men and women who are experiencing homelessness to build self confidence and self sufficiency.
Joining a running club is a lot like finding a training plan. It is incredibly rewarding to find one that fits your style of running. The Blue Streaks and our members live the mission of IBX – enhancing the health and wellness of the people and community we serve.
I’d love to hear about your club’s presence in the running community and what you’re doing to prepare for upcoming runs.