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January 19, 2013 8:00 AM

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The most comfortable running shoes and the person breaking them in deserve the perfect running partner. Athletes of all ages and skill sets have been joining Connecticut running clubs to find that perfect pair. Their love for running and motivation to meet personal goals creates companionship among group members. With the help of group leaders, coaches and group run partners, you will be meeting your fitness and social needs on a weekly basis.

Glastonbury River Runners
www.glastonburyriverrunners.com

Grab your running shoes because members of this group are ready to train for the next road race. Glastonbury River Runners appeals to beginners, intermediate three- to 10-mile runs, scenic seniors, eight- to 10-mile runs and 10- to 20-mile runs. If you’re interested in joining this club, consider its introductory run to see if it’s a good match. Glastonbury offers a free nine-week beginners training program for members. Yearly membership (January-December) will get you organized group training runs, club social events, coupons to Fleet Feet in West Hartford and one discounted club-sponsored run. The club runs include the Diva Run, Firecracker 5K, Devil Made Me Do It! and Race to Fill the Pantry. To sign up, download the membership form on the website and mail the form with a check.

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Greenwich Track Club
(203) 273-0511
www.greenwichtrackclub.com

Greenwich Track Club originated with a target population of students in grades two to eight, creating an outlet for children or teens with a love for running. With its growing popularity, the club expanded to the adult population with the development of its adult running sessions. The club is led by director Bill Bogardus and multiple coaches who have a love for running. In the winter, members meet at the Greenwich YMCA located at 50 East Putnam Avenue. In the spring, summer and fall seasons, the club meets at two locations: Havemyer Track behind the town hall on weekdays and Camp Simmons at 744 Cake Avenue on Sundays. Three forms are needed to join (registration, membership and medical forms). Registration information can be found under the “registration & fees” tab on the website.

Hartford Track Club
www.hartfordtrackclub.org

Since 1962, Connecticut residents with a common interest in running have joined the Hartford Track Club. Today, more than 400 male and female runners and athletes attend group trainings and community races, forming a team atmosphere. What better way to reach your fitness or road race goals than with your team by your side? All abilities are welcome and group runs are offered in multiple town locations around Connecticut. Group runs are held in Colchester, Wallingford, West Hartford, Farmington and Granby on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Runs range from five miles to 15 miles at various paces. A club calendar is located on the website specifying each location’s skill level, meeting time and location, and contact information for the group leader. Membership to the Hartford Track Club will gain you access to group runs, club events, monthly newsletter, individual recognitions and discounts at sponsored club races.

Milford Road Runners
7 Landin St.
Woodbridge, CT 06525
(203) 387-8704
www.milfordrr.com

The Milford Road Runners is a local club that targets a range from competitive runners to light joggers. The best part of this group is choosing your own speed and finding a pal to do it with. Since 1978, the club has aimed to provide training and support for its members. Group runs are held three times a week: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Stratford, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in Milford and Saturdays change in location. Members feel support not only in their running shoes but at holiday picnics, quarterly meetings, track meets and club-sponsored races.

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Pequot Runners
(203) 557-0672
www.pequotrunners.wordpress.com

If you’re looking for a run with companionship or social support, the Pequot Runners are the perfect club for you. Three times a week, its members meet for group runs. Every Sunday at 8:10 a.m., members of all skills meet at Southport’s Wakeman Boys and Girls Club at 385 Center Street. The runs range from two to 20 miles. Often times, smaller groups will form based on length and speed desired. New members are encouraged to join this run with a completed membership form. Group runs are also held Mondays or Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. at Weston High School in warm weather or Staples High School field house in the winter. On Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., members meet at ASF Outdoors in Westport for a four- to six-mile run. Socialize after every run with coffee and donuts.

Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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