Running Resources: Local Faves
In my previous two posts, I covered some of my favorite running resources, most of which are available to pretty much anyone anywhere. Today's post hits my favorite local running-related spots. In the greater Harrisburg area, we are pretty lucky to have multiple running paths, running stores and running clubs at our disposal.
Here are some of my favorites:
Riverfront Park – This one may seem obvious, but it's my favorite and if you live or work in the city, it's incredibly convenient. It's a little over 2.5 miles from the Harvey Taylor Bridge until the end (it's marked), and for extra mileage, I sometimes run over the Walnut Street Bridge and around City Island a few times, or head straight down to Shipoke. Luckily, there are a few working water fountains along this route, which is great for summertime running. One piece of advice? It's a popular path, so watch out for other runners, walkers, cyclists and other exercise enthusiasts also using the path. I was knocked off my bike a few weeks ago by someone not paying attention. (Only to land in poison ivy, but that's another story.) Be alert!
Wildwood Park– This is where I go when I want to add a bit of a hill work to my runs. It's a 3.1 mile course, mostly paved, with some trail-like running surfaces. If I plan to do longer mileage, I usually run in the opposite direction after I loop around the first time. This is a great course in the summer because trees shade most of the route, and yes, there are water fountains and a bathroom.
The Capital Area Greenbelt – I mentioned this route in my bike trails post, but it's a great course for runners as well. In fact, Riverfront Park and Wildwood comprise part of the Greenbelt. You can pick it up wherever you like, and follow the signs, instead of mapping your own run. And if you're marathon training and looking for a really long route? This goes for about 20 miles. It's much better than running in circles elsewhere.
Appalachian Running Company – Even if you live in downtown Harrisburg, it is worth the (only 12-mile) drive to Carlisle for sneakers, trust me. Every staff member I have worked with here is friendly, knowledgeable and truly passionate about running. They will spend as much time as necessary to make sure you get the shoes that work for you. (For new runners, it's always a good idea to take your old sneakers with you, so they can see your running patterns.)
Harrisburg Area Road Runners Club (HARRC) – This is a great resource for local runners. They host group races and runs, and it's an opportunity to befriend local runners. They welcome runners of all activity levels.
River Runners– This is a very active and committed local group based on Facebook. They schedule weekend runs, with some weekdays mixed in. Members consistently update with upcoming races and members often carpool to races together.
Keystone Track Club -This club's mission is to "further the development of Track & Field and Cross Country athletes of all ages and abilities in Central Pennsylvania." They have group runs twice a week, and membership is $20 for individuals. Membership includes a Keystone Track Club t-shirt, regular club run, an annual social event, discounts at Inside Track running store and on Keystone Track Club race entry fees and the ability to purchase Keystone Track Club racing gear.
Cardin and Miller – No one wants to talk about getting injured, but it does happen. I seem to be hurt more than not, and I've been to Cardin and Miller twice in the past year for physical therapy. Honestly, I can't say enough positive things about them. The therapists work with you on a one-on-one basis and monitor your progress frequently. Many of the employees are athletes themselves, and they really have your best interest at heart.
What are some of your favorite local running resources?
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