By Sarah Johnson
In this second installment of our four-part series on staying fit in Atlanta, let's explore Atlanta’s unique neighborhoods while getting some cardio in – and maybe even some adult beverages. Lace up your jogging shoes and hit the ground running at these popular clubs that welcome residents and visitors throughout the year.
Virginia-Highlands Running Group
Meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in front of George’s Bar & Restaurant on North Highland Avenue. Don’t be surprised if during some runs, the group makes pit stops for beverages!
West Midtown Run Club
Meets every Wednesday at lululemon athletica on Howell Mill Road at 6:30 p.m. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Atlanta Hash House Harriers and Harriettes
This social club emphasizes fun (beer) more than competition. After all, they describe themselves as “a drinking club with a running problem.” The group generally meets each Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
West Stride in Buckhead
Take off at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday evenings for a casual group run of 3 to 6 miles through the local neighborhood. Reflective gear is required. New for 2014, runs begin at the store the first 3 and 4 Wednesdays of the month, but in months where there are fifth Wednesdays, the group relocates to Red Brick Brewery! Following a 3-mile fun run, runners hang out at Red Brick for beer ($5) and snacks. West Stride also offers training program options and Wednesday and Saturday morning runs.
For a full list of local running groups, races and everything else running related in Atlanta, click here.
Do you prefer running inside a hotel gym or getting some fresh air and mixing in cardio and sightseeing? Check back next week for another #FitnessFriday post and please share your travel fitness tips with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Sarah Johnson, APR, is a guest blogger for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). She is a freelance communications consultant whose prior roles include working as an internal communications strategist for WellStar Health System and a public relations specialist for ACVB. She resides in Cumming with her husband and their 1-year-old son where they fill their free time exploring the fun, family-friendly activities and attractions in and around Atlanta.