Start a Running Club.
I run twice a week right after work, and people at the office constantly tell me they want to join me. So, it just made sense to start a running club. And guess what? Over 25 people have signed up! What what?!
This isn’t the first time I’ve started a running club, but here’s how I approached this one:
- Send out the all-company email. Keep it light and to the point. Gently remind folks to reply to only you.
- Give people two days to choose from. In our club, we run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:45. People can sign up for one or both.
- Send out invites and block calendars.
- Remind folks to come when they can. Of course, work comes first.
- Assign a route for each day. Tuesdays are our “hard” days with bridges (re: hills) and Thursdays are our “easy” days, when we run flat and slow. Put a link to the route in the invites for reference.
- Assign two group leaders. One person can run with the faster folks, and one can go with the slower folks.
- Remind everyone we are here to support each other. Racing is optional and must be set up before each run. Jokes are welcome.
- Have fun! And get ready for some serious camaraderie.
I love running and I love my job, so I can’t tell you how fun it is to be able to bring these things together. I’ve also met people from other teams I would never have known otherwise. I love the energy it brings to the office while sharing the benefits that come from running — stress relief, community and fitness.
If you are lucky enough to be able to do this at your place of business, I highly encourage it. Happiness is only real when shared, so get out there and share the love of running! — Amie