Running clubs aren’t for everyone but they can be fun. The Syracuse Track Club has been around since 1977 and is always a presence at local road races. Not only that, Syracuse Track Club participates in the Pete Glavin Upstate New York Cross Country Series – for those of us who are having difficulty leaving our high school and college days behind. Before you start mocking the Track Club, recognize that the XC team’s Top 5 averaged 33:37 for an XC 10k at its final meet of the year. That’s fast. Membership in the Syracuse Track Club is $20/year.
The Chargers date back to 1969. The Club has over 2,000 members, which makes it one of the largest running clubs in the country. The Club puts on races, meets and training runs. It also boasts some impressive records including:
800m Lubert Lewis 1:46:72
1 mile Nick Stenuf 4:03:11
5 miles Mark Andrews 23:35
15km Jerry Lawson 44:50
half marathon John Trowse 1:06:15
NYRR was founded in 1958 and headed early on by the legendary Ted Corbitt. I’m not sure I would describe it as a “club” – however, it now has tens of thousands of members and is best known for its connection to the NYC marathon.
The Strong Hearts Running Club is a new club connected to the wonderful, local eatery, Strong Hearts Cafe (http://www.strongheartscafe.com/). It meets for weekly training runs and is becoming a visible presence at local road races. It describes itself as “a place for CNY runners who are interested in veganism and vegetarianism to meet, collaborate and inspire each other to achieve awesome things. Everyone is welcome regardless of dietary lifestyle choices or skill level.” The club currently has over 100 members and is growing fast! (I will be participating in my first race with the Strong Hearts Running Club this weekend – more on that later!)