Front Runners Atlanta
While it's open to anyone "regardless of race, pace, age, or gender," Front Runners Atlanta is primarily a running, walking and social club for gay people and their friends. They have a very active membership that hosts weekly runs, usually 4-6 miles, along routes in Atlanta's midtown neighborhoods. The group meets on Saturdays at 8 a.m., Mondays at 7 p.m., and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
They also plan periodic "adventure runs" to trails in various parks around the region, including Kennesaw National Park. There is no minimum participation requirement; you can join in as often as you like. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Atlanta Track Club Mens Open and Masters Teams
The nonprofit Atlanta Track Club has been engaging the community to achieve health and fitness through running since 1964 and is the second largest running organization in the U.S. It serves runners and walkers of all ages and paces, but its ATC Elite is designed just for those who enjoy road and track racing.
To join, you must be a member of ATC, live in Atlanta, and have run times that meet their age-adjusted standards sometime in the past two years. One example: the standard for a 5K road raced is 16 minutes for a man who is 20-29. The Elite Mens Open Team is for those under 40, the Elite Mens Masters is for those 40 and up.
Even if you can run those elite times, sometimes there is a wait for a berth on the squad.
Benefits of joining either team include the chance to train with the guys, receive personal coaching from ATC coaching staff and an opportunity to represent ATC at local, regional and national races.
- 3 running clubs to join in metro Atlanta for women
- 7 running clubs to join in metro Atlanta for kids
- 5 walking clubs to join in metro Atlanta for seniors