Whether you’re looking to train for a 5K or a marathon, or to just have fun, there are meetups and events for everyone.Compiled by Lisa Connors
On Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. at Monomoy Regional Middle School on Crowell Road, choose between a 5K, 10K, 5-mile or 8-mile run. There is also a group who typically walks a 5K. The best part? Many meet at the Chatham Squire afterwards. On Saturday mornings, all levels gather behind the Barnstable Fire Department and depart at either 7 or 8 a.m. to run 5-mile loops. After your run, reward yourself with coffee and treats at nearby Nirvana Coffee Company. Join the club and follow on Facebook for special meetups and events.
Hanlon Shoes and Hyannis Road Runners Club
From November through May, runners lace up and meet at Hanlon Shoes on Main Street in Hyannis for the Wednesday night fun-run series. To run at a slower pace, be there at 5:45 p.m. (the quicker group starts at 6 p.m.). Owner Kevin Petrovek also started a Wednesday night walk-run program at Barnstable High School in 1999, which helps everyone from walkers and joggers to experienced racers. Along with coach Paul Fendler and the Hyannis Road Runners Club, they conduct 12-week programs from June through October. There are two classes: Basic running meets at 5:45 p.m. and runners and racers at 6 p.m. There is a sign-up fee for the track.
The Falmouth Track Club Youth Running Program, for ages 7 to 14, meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights at different locations “to keep it interesting,” says Ken Gartner, who organizes the program. “We run at the track, on the beach, on the bike path, on trails in the woods.” He sends out an email every Tuesday to the group announcing the location. Gartner is also in charge of the weekly Friday night five-mile run along Surf Drive. For more information, call Ken Gartner at 508-648-9818, email email@example.com.
Marathon Sports in Mashpee organizes 3- and 5-mile runs on Tuesday nights. The groups begin at 6:30 p.m. and leaves from the store’s Mashpee location on 11 Greene St. On Thursday nights at 6:15 p.m., there’s a 5-mile run starting from its South Yarmouth location at 484 Station Ave. Follow Marathon Sports on Facebook for special events, announcements and pub runs, which are generally 3 miles.