Sunday Runday with HYP and Next Step Performance
As an adult, making friends can be hard.
Making friends that like to spend their weekend mornings running instead of sleeping is even harder. I’ve talked about it before, but I ran solo for the first few years I got into running before I fell into a small, amazing group of running friends.
But not everyone is that lucky. There are plenty of free running clubs in the area:
- 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.
- Harrisburg Beer Runners – This year-old group meets every other week at various locations in the area, and typically, runners are offered a three- or five-mile course map, and they can go at their own pace. Of course, runs are followed by socializing at whatever location — breweries, brewpubs, etc. For last month’s Harrisburg Beer Week, the group had a few special events planned, and meet often at ZerØday in Midtown. Request to join the Harrisburg Beer Runners Facebook Group
Adding to this list is Harrisburg Young Professionals’ recently resurrected Running Club.
The “Sunday Runday” group runs will be held twice monthly. Meet the group — all levels are invited — at 8 a.m. for a run along Riverfront Park or at Wildwood Park. Runs are then followed by brunch at Cafe 1500 or Hilton Harrisburg.
“Sunday Runday is open to anyone who would like to attend, at no cost,” said HYP Running Club President Meron Yemane. “The goal is to bring a community together through movement and to connect novices with elite runners in a way that encourages a healthy lifestyle. We want to see Sunday Runday grow and build excitement in our community.”
The Sunday runs are open to anyone of any running ability. Yemane mentioned the group includes both from elite to newbies runners and those in-between.
“We have always seen our riverfront as an absolute gem in the region and we are thrilled to be using it as a backdrop for our runs. A first-time Sunday Runday attendee can expect to meet new friendly faces who are all interested in being active in Harrisburg and having a good time together,” said Yemane.
The HYP Running Club was established in 2013 as a way for HYP members to represent the club in local races. While it used to be a separate membership, it is now open to all HYP members.
“We hope to provide young professionals with even more opportunities to be active in our city, and a friendly and encouraging space to run. Whether it is your first run or you’ve been an active runner for years, the HYP Running Club is a welcoming environment for all HYP members interested in being physically active in our city,” said Yemane.
Yemane said the partnership with NSP is “really exciting,” and that they based it off of comedian Kevin Hart and the Nike+ Run Club’s Sunday runs.
“We saw this as an organic opportunity to bring arguably the best trainer in the Harrisburg region together with the HYP community to bring a national movement to Harrisburg, while giving it a local flair,” said Yemane.
HYP and NSP will host runs through the summer, concluding at HYP’s 5 Miler for 5 Charities race in October.