8 Birmingham running clubs to help you reach a new personal best
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Running is difficult, all of you. Mainly running in Alabama. It’s hot, humid, there are so many hills you could cry, and did I mention it was hot ?! Read on to find out more about eight Birmingham running clubs that will keep everyone from kids to seniors encouraged and motivated to reach those running goals.
1. Birmingham Athletics Club
Nerd runners, did you know Birmingham has its own version of BTC (for the non-nerds: Bowerman Track Club)? Except ours is the Birmingham Track Club and the team conditions are a bit less stringent (no need to run an Olympic qualifying time, unless you want to).
The Birmingham Track Club aims to spread the love of running and jogging throughout the Birmingham community. The Club is open to everyone, from beginners to marathon hopefuls and more.
BTC also runs several races throughout the year, including the upcoming Peavine Falls Run.
2. Birmingham Ultra Trail Company
GOALS is Birmingham’s premier ultra running club for those looking to stretch their legs a little more than a marathon. The Birmingham Ultra Trail Society helps its members train to run ultra-marathons, which typically last from 50 minutes to two hours.
- Age: All ages, but most members are 18 and over
- Meetings: Meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
- Website | Facebook | Contact
3. Trak Shak
Birmingham’s favorite place to recruit new trainers, Trak Shak also hosts a weekly group race. Each race starts at one of their stores in town and they have weekly groups focused on different objectives. They offer 5K training, general physical training and several other groups tailored to specific running goals.
4. Fleet feet
Another popular local running store, Fleet Feet, runs weekly group runs to help you train towards your goals. Running distances range from a few miles to marathon training, and you can register online or at one of their locations.
5. Cahaba Remote Project
This running group is not for the faint of heart, nor for beginners for that matter. The Cahaba Distance Project is a collective of elite post-graduate athletes training to run over it on the trails, track and road. The Project trains daily, all aiming for medals over selected distances, from the 800m to the marathon.
6. Birmingham Running and Athletics Society
At the very least, Birmingham has some excellently acronymed racing groups. BRATS is a large, diverse running group that focuses on specific races like 5k, marathons, and general fitness. You can find them mostly on Facebook, and group races are organized from there.
- Age: All ages
- Meetings: The races are scheduled by the members of the group
7. Speed of the city of iron
If you’ve got a future Emma Coburn or Usain Bolt on your hands, check out Iron City Speed. Iron City Speed is a USA Track and Field (USATF) youth athletics club in Helena. The club participates from March to July across the southeast in the USATF Youth Track and Field competitions and also competes in the National Junior Olympic competition each July. Iron City Speed athletes compete in running, jumping, throwing and heptathlon / decathlon.
8. Mountain athletics club
Another youth track club, Over the Mountain Track Club, is based in Hoover and trains athletes ages 6-16 in the full range of track events (running, jumping, throwing). Over the Mountain will have approximately 135 children participating this year, and like Iron City Speed, they will compete in the USATF Youth Track and Field competitions in the Southeast and the USATF National Junior Olympics.
Strap on your trainers and get ready to hit the trails this summer with these running groups. If you need more motivation to train, take a look at these upcoming races and where to get new running shoes.