CT Pace Per Mile Update: Running Groups

In this Connecticut Pace Per Mile Race Report for January 23 – 29, 2012. We’re still in the Racing Desert in Connecticut, but it’s the perfect time to find some new running buddies. This is the first of two posts featuring local running groups.

This week, consider joining one of the Fleet Feet West Hartford weekly runs. A group of runners depart Fleet Feet Mondays at 6am and Wednesdays at 6am and 6:30pm. The groups include runners at all pace and skill levels and the Fleet Feet staff have prepared a set of routes for nearly every distance. Even better, Fleet Feet has a nice bathroom and a place to store your keys and gear. These runs are cancelled in the event that roads are unsafe or impassable due to snow, ice, or thunderstorms. You can get more information by following Fleet Feet on Twitter or Facebook, joining their group on Meetup, or by subscribing to their weekly newsletter (link and subscription information is on their website).

Fleet Feet also sponsors the occasional fun run. There are three special events coming up –

The Saucony Groundhog Day Run, Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 6:30pm. At this event runners will run or walk a 1/2 mile loop as many times as they want, earning a playing card for each loop. The best poker hand will win a prize.

Moving Comfort Diva Night, Tuesday, February 7, 7-9pm. This is a special event for ladies only. There will be wine, cheese, chocolate, and bra fittings. There is a 100 lady limit, so RSVPs are required.

Saucony Dudes’ Night, Thursday, February 9, 7-9pm. This event, for gentlemen only, features nuun pong, a chili cook off, and Hooker beer. There is a 100 dude limit, so RSVP early.

If you’re looking for a new running group in your area, check out Meetup.com. There are several east of the river groups, including: The Mansfield Trail Runners, The 5k Runners Meet up, and a Grim Reaper Racers group.

Next week’s report will feature a few local running clubs, the Hartford Track Club, the Manchester Running Company, the Silk City Striders, and the Shenipsit Striders. Stay tuned.

Also, if you’re interested in some winter running gear advice, check out my guest blog at The Running Mike.

A few holdovers from past reports that might be of interest:

If snowshoeing is your thing, consider checking out one of the WMAC Dion Racing Series races. There are several upcoming races and races throughout the winter. Check the WMAC Dion Racing Series website for registration information and, more importantly, weather information. Obviously, snow is required for snowshoe races, so all the races are dependent upon weather conditions.

I’m still featuring one trail race, the Belleville Pond 10k Trail Race, Saturday, January 28, 2012, 10am, North Kingstown, RI – This is the third race in the South County 4th Season Race Series.

Stay warm out there, runners!

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