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The 5 Best Running Clubs in LA For Friends and Fitness

As the sun emerges and LA comes alive again, there’s nothing better than going outside for a run. Although finding time for a morning stroll or a long run can be challenging, that’s why you need a little help from your friends! So, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 running clubs in LA to join right now to get your fitness and friendship on. Running clubs are also the perfect way to meet new people too. And now that the weather is warming up, there is no better time to go outside. Happy running!

1. Venice Run Club

When: Tuesdays & Wednesdays -Saturdays

Location: 4724 Saint Nicholas Ave, Culver City (Tues) &  2150 Dell Avenue, Venice (Wed.-Sat)

If you live here in LA, Venice Beach is always a must visit! And because it is so LA, it’s an ideal destination for running too. The Venice Run Club offers runners the chance to explore the iconic streets of Venice and Santa Monica and the chance to win some goodies too. Here’s how it works. You sign up on Tuesday at 8pm – then the next day you’re met with a 4.5-mile run. If you’re more into the long distance running, like 6 to 10 miles, join on a Saturday at 8:30am. This running club also partners with brands like On and Electrolit, so runners have the chance to win some gear through raffles and get gear during their runs. Not too shabby! 


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2.Hermosa Beach Run Club

When: Wednesday & Sunday

Location: Hermosa Beach Pier (Wed.) &  Gitana Coffee (Sun.)

For South Bay residents, especially those looking to stay active after a day at the beach, the Hermosa Beach Run Club is an ideal choice. This running club invites runners to enjoy a scenic route along The Strand, right next to sand and water. It’s one of the most perfect running clubs for meeting new friends in the “South Bay bubble.” The Hermosa Beach Run Club partners with Electrolit, and offers perks for runners who participate too. The meeting times are Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at the Hermosa Beach Pier and Sundays at 8:30 am at Gitana Coffee (2600 Hermosa Ave). Both sessions feature a 4-mile run. We suggest go for a run then reward yourself with one of the best chai tea lattse you have ever tasted. 


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3.West Hollywood Run Club

When: Thursdays

Location: 8221 Melrose, Los Angeles (Pink Wall)

The West Hollywood Run Club welcomes runners of all levels to experience the vibrant heart of Los Angeles. Starting at the iconic Pink Wall, which is a total vibe in itself, runners can explore the lively streets of West Hollywood and get the chance to see all of its trendy shops, restaurants, and nightlife ( you may find a new place to hang afterward). This running club in LA meets up every Thursday  at 7 pm for a 3-mile run, which is great – because it’s not too long to be intimidating. Beginners we’re talking to you!


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4.Valley Runners LA

When: Thursdays

Location: 164 E. Palm Ave. Burbank (In front of Ben & Jerry’s) 

Valley Runners LA is a vibrant community of running enthusiasts nestled within the scenic San Fernando Valley. From peaceful suburban streets to challenging hillside trails, the running club offers a variety of routes for all levels. They frequently explore Burbank, running near iconic film studios. Valley Runners LA also organizes community meetups at notable spots like the Universal City wall. Valley Runners LA meets every Thursday at 8 pm for a 4.5-mile run. You’ll love this running club and we promise it will be the highlight of your week.


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5. Pasadena Pacers

When: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Location: Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, 360 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena

The Pasadena Pacers is one of the running clubs in LA that has a dedicated group who are also active in the local community. They meet up on Saturdays at 6:50 am, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 pm, for a 5-mile run through Pasadena’s charming streets and scenic parks. In addition to their regular runs, the Pacers organize fundraisers and events that contribute to the community. After each run, runners usually gather to enjoy refreshments together and build up community. The Pasadena Pacers also have a team that proudly participates in the LA Marathon, showcasing their dedication to endurance and team spirit. 


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