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Motivation, Fun, Friendships and Safety!
The Eugene Running Company wants to inspire and invigorate your passion for running. What better way to do so than to run with other runners? Runners of all levels — beginners to veterans — are invited to join our free weekly group runs from the store. Bring a friend or make new ones!
People who walk or run with Eugene Running Company's group record her or his mileage to earn a mileage prize, starting with the 100 mile club shirt.
The Monday Night Group
The Monday Night Group is our most popular group run. We typically host groups of all paces running three, five, or seven miles. The group meets at the store and runs to Alton Baker Park/Pre's Trail during the summer months and Willamette River Bike Path/Valley River during the winter months. We accommodate all paces to ensure that no one has to run alone.
Join us at Track Town Pizza (on Franklin) after the first Monday Night Run of each month.
The Beginners' Coached Group Run
The Beginners' Group Run is a couch to 5K style group that is open to all who are looking to START or RETURN to running. Whether you've wanted to make running part of your lifestyle or you've had some experience and are returning from a break, the Beginners' Group Run is the place for you!
Runners in the Beginners' Group receive individualized coaching for one of the upcoming local 5K races (Truffle Shuffle, Eugene Marathon 5K, Butte to Butte, etc) as they are encouraged and grow in the sport. This service is free of charge. The group meets at the store for 6 weeks leading up to the selected race and runs on the bark trail loop in Oakmont Park. Meet new friends and have fun.
Contact us at 541-344-6399 to find out when the next training cycle begins.
Fitness Walking Group
A gentle walking group for people interested in an active lifestyle
Sunday Run: Community Group Run
Runners of all abilities are encouraged to meet for this informal and flexible Community Group Run. Though Sunday runs are typically long runs, runners wanting to go any distance or pace are encouraged to come and join others for fun and camaraderie. A map will be available with suggested routes of varying distances. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new running partners.
ChiRunning and ChiWalking Groups
Keith regularly offers Chi Walking
groups at the Eugene running company to assist participants to become walkers
or to make their walking more efficient, more effortless, more enjoyable and
more injury-free. Classes are described and listed on his web page:
. Keith also offers Chi Walking as an option in his Marathon
Training Group through the Eugene Running Company.
**While running is fun and healthy, there are inherent risks to health and safety. We ask that you consult with your physician prior to starting to run.
We ask that any child who would like to participate is accompanied by a responsible adult who can ensure the safety for the child.
Additionally while we accompany the group and try to keep account of it's members, we still require each member sign a waiver of liability for Eugene Running Company or any of it's members. Minors must have a legal guardian sign on his or her behalf.)
Tips for Running Safety by the Road Runners Club of America:
Follow the rules of the road - travel on the right and pass on the left.
* Don't run down the middle of the trail. Run to the right side to allow others to pass safely.
* Don't wear headphones - but if you insist on going against this RRCA safety guideline, keep the volume low or only wear one headphone.
* If you are running an out-and-back route on a trail, don't just make a sudden u-turn at your turn around point. Stop, step to the right to allow oncoming traffic the opportunity to pass.
* If you are wearing headphones, now is a good time to pop out an earphone to make sure no one is approaching.
* Ensure the trail is clear of oncoming traffic (runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, etc.) then make your u-turn. Making a sudden u-turn without looking over your shoulder is a good way to get hit by an oncoming cyclist or skater.
* Avoid running on trails in the evening if they are not well lit and do not have regular traffic.
* Never run more than two abreast if you are running in a group. Don't be a trail hog. While pedestrians have the right of way on most trails, the goal is to share the trails.
* Alert people when you are passing them - don't assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple "on your left" warning will suffice.
* Be alert on blind curves.
* Stop at stop signs if the trail crosses a roadway. Don't assume cars on the road will stop for the trail crossing.
* Be mindful of young children on the trail - their movements can be unpredictable. Slowing the pace a bit when you pass small children on the trail is a wise idea. Use this as an opportunity to slow the pace then pick up the tempo.
* Respect private property along the trail.
* Don't litter. If you can't find a trash can, carry your trash home.
* Get approval from local authorities before planning a race or training event on your local multi-use trail.
* If you run with a dog, keep it on a short leash. Long leashes can create a hazard for your pet and passing runners, cyclists or skaters.
The RRCA is the national association of running clubs, running events, and runners. The mission of the RRCA is to promote long distance grassroots running as a competitive sport and healthful exercise. The RRCA achieves their mission by promoting the common interests of its members by providing educational opportunities, programs, and services. The organization's membership consists of over 775 running clubs and events which comprise over 180,000 individuals.