The South Riding Running Club is a Northern Virginia community of runners and walkers of all levels and ability. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate regardless of age, gender, athletic inclination, and goals.
My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out. -- Ronald Reagan
Lots of us travel for work or to visit family and friends in other cities over holidays and long weekends. If your job or vacation is taking you someplace unfamiliar, don't forget your running shoes! As a member of SRRC you're associated with the Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest organization in the U.S. dedicated to distance running.
Practically every major or medium-sized city in the U.S. has a running club affiliated with RRCA, a national organization made up of about 200,000 members in over 1,000 running clubs around the country. Go to the RRCA web site and check out clubs in the area where you'll be traveling.
What if there's no RRCA affiliate at your destination? Many smaller towns still have clubs that you can also find through a little runner networking. Post a message on the SRRC e-mail list as a start. You'll be surprised at how many people we all know. You can get in touch, plan ahead, and meet other runners who will be delighted to share their local running routes.
Running clubs are a world-wide phenomenon, so If you're traveling internationally, start with a web search of the country you'll be visiting. You can almost always find a local hash house group that will give you an enthusiastic welcome. If you're not sure where to start, just begin with the World Hash House Harriers Home Page. You'll find friendly assistance and will probably end up having the time of your life.
There's no better and safer way to get a tour of a city than with the local running club. It can also make business travel personally productive, too.