Novice and seasoned runners join together in a free, fun, and friendly group that motivates each and every runner as they finish. Unlike other running clubs, we don’t have a set pace. We welcome runners of all abilities to join our weekly run club, so just show up! There is no membership or commitment required, just read and acknowledge the waiver at bottom of this page. We like your pace, no matter what it is!
If you still have questions, check out our FAQs!
RFRC Somerville Tuesday
RFRC Boston Thursday
What is RUNFELLOW Run Club?
RUNFELLOW Run Club (RFRC) is a weekly run club for all abilities and paces. Novice and seasoned runners join together in a FREE, fun, and friendly group that cheers on each and every runner as they finish. It reinforces the RUNFELLOW brand motto of "motivating your fellow runner" and recognizing that everyone needs a little extra push.
Do I need to register or sign-up?
No, you don’t need to register, just show up a few minutes early if you're new. We ask that you review and acknowledge our Run Club waiver and recognize that RFRC is a voluntary activity that involves risks (running at night, running in traffic, etc.). RUNFELLOW (including its founders and leaders) is not responsible for any injuries incurred while participating.
How much does it cost?
Nothing, it's completely FREE! However if you want to support RUNFELLOW, you can shop the full line of performance gear at runfellow.com.
What time do you meet?
We meet at 7:30pm every week (unless noted otherwise). It is recommend that new runners arrive at least 10 minutes early so they can meet people and become familiar with the course.
When & where do you meet?
We meet at a different bar or restaurant each week. On Tuesday night, RFRC Somerville has routes set all over Somerville and Cambridge. On Thursday night, RFRC Boston has routes set in various neighborhoods throughout Boston.
How do I find out where we meet?
How far do you run?
The course varies each week, but we typically run between 3 to 5 miles.
What's the route? What if I get lost?
Every Monday by 9am the course map is posted to runfellow.com/runclub. You can sync your smartphone to MapMyRun.com (join the group RUNFELLOW Run Club) and download the course map. We also provide printed maps at the beginning of each run.
Is there a set pace?
No, we don't have a set pace. RUNFELLOW Run Club welcomes all-abilities and we mean that! It doesn’t matter if you run 7 or 14 minute miles, we like your pace no matter what it is. Our leaders guide the way, while our caboose runner ensures that no one gets left behind. On days with longer distances (4.5 - 5 miles), abbreviated courses will also be created for those unsure about a longer run. We know what you're thinking, and no, you're not too slow, so just join us already!
I'm not a runner or I'm new to it, can I still join you?
Yes, however in an effort to make sure everyone has a great time at Run Club, we ask that you be considerate of your pace. If you find your pace exceeds a 14-minute mile pace, whether walking or running, it's recommended that you do an abbreviated version of the course. Listen to your body and check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
What should I wear? Do I need to bring anything?
This is a running club, so wear running clothes (duh). You don't need to go out and buy a new performance outfit, but a good pair of running sneakers and the proper layers for the current temperature are key. If you are looking to spice up your running ensemble, check out runfellow.com/shop and show your support for the brand. We recommend moisture wicking fabric, which helps you stay drier (and fresher) longer. It is recommended to bring a change of clothes for post-run, especially if you know you get extra sweaty. The only things you need (besides a positive attitude) are safety gear and water. We run at night and in very urban locations, so safety is paramount. Please come to Run Club equipped with blinky lights and reflective gear of some sort. Headlamps are also a great idea since sidewalks can be dark and unpredictable.
I'm coming from work or school, what should I do with my bag?
You can stash your bag at the bar or restaurant where we'll meet. Please note that neither RUNFELLOW nor the bar is responsible for your belongings. We recommend leaving valuables at home if you can help it. Understand that leaving your bag is at your own risk.
What about the weather, do you ever cancel?
We are a New England based Run Club so we almost expect the weather to be uncooperative. Because of this, we only cancel Run Club if the weather becomes dangerous, meaning:
- Dangerously high temperatures
- Icy conditions
- Dangerously cold temperatures
Can I bring a friend? My dog? My kid in a stroller?
Of course! We’re a very welcoming and friendly group, so we always say "the more the merrier". Dogs and kiddos are welcome as long as they have safety gear on as well.
How many people participate?
The group varies each week, depending on weather and course length. We have anywhere from 30 to 90 people show up to run every week.
Do you go out after the run?
Yes! After all of the runners come back and make their way through the high-five line, we head into the bar for drinks, snacks, and a good time. Be sure to bring your ID and money so you can partake in the post-run festivities. A change of clothes is also encouraged.
You meet at a bar, what if I'm not 21?
Our runs are open to all ages, so join us for the run no matter what. The age policy varies from bar to bar. Some places will allow you to be there under age and not drink, while others won't. Check with the bar before you come.
I still have questions, who can I ask?
WAIVER / LIABILITY RELEASE
TO BE READ AND ACKNOWLEDGED BY EVERY PARTICIPANT
DISCLAIMER: RUNFELLOW, its founders, and leaders are NOT responsible for any injury, including death, to any person participating in RUNFELLOW events, including, but not limited to, weekly club runs, social gatherings and athletic events organized by third parties in which RUNFELLOW members participate (collectively, “workouts”).
In consideration of my acceptance and my participation in RUNFELLOW workouts, I hereby release and covenant not to sue RUNFELLOW or its founders or leaders, for any and all present and future claims resulting from ordinary negligence and inherent risk during RUNFELLOW workouts, including but not limited to, any loss, injury, damage, or liability sustained by me.
I understand that the reaction of the heart, lung and blood vessel system to exercise cannot always be predicted with accuracy. I know and understand there is a risk of certain abnormal changes which may occur during or following exercise, including, but not limited to, abnormalities of blood pressure and heart attacks. Performance of exercises may lead to muscle skeletal strains, pain and/or injury, if adequate warm-up, gradual progression and safety procedures are not followed. I understand that RUNFELLOW shall not be liable for any damages arising from personal injuries sustained by me while participating in and during participation of the RUNFELLOW workouts. I understand and warrant, release and agree that I am in good physical condition and that I have no disabilities, impairments or ailments that would prevent me from engaging in active or passive exercise that could be detrimental or inimical to heart, safety and/or comfort or physical condition while I engage or participate in RUNFELLOW exercises. I have had a recent physical check-up and have a medical physician’s permission to engage in aerobic and/or anaerobic activities. I hereby agree to release, discharge and hold harmless RUNFELLOW, its founders, and leaders, from all causes, liabilities, damages, claims or demands whatsoever on account of any injury or accident involving myself arising out of my participation in RUNFELLOW workouts.
I acknowledge that physical exercise can be dangerous and involve risk of serious injury, paralysis and/or death. I further acknowledge that the location and conditions of RUNFELLOW workouts may be inherently dangerous due to the presence of moving traffic, construction and similar hazards as well as natural weather conditions and darkness. I understand that I should wear appropriate safety attire and equipment, including, but not limited to, reflective gear, running/head lamps and water resistant clothing. I hereby acknowledge and agree to assume responsibility for all the risks, whether identified herein or not, even those risks arising out of negligence of the releasee. My participation is purely voluntary. I assume full responsibility for myself for any bodily injury.
PHOTOGRAPHY RELEASE AGREEMENT:
I acknowledge that during RUNFELLOW workouts I may be photographed or filmed by RUNFELLOW leaders, trainers, and other professional or amateur photographers. I hereby grant to RUNFELLOW, its legal representatives, assignees, and those acting under its authority, the unrestricted right and permission to copyright and/or use, and/or publish photographic portraits or pictures, and the negatives, transparencies, prints, or digital information pertaining to them, in still, single, multiple, moving or video format, or in which I may be included in whole or in part, or composite, or distorted in form, or reproductions thereof, in color or otherwise (collectively, “Material”), in any media, advertising, or any other lawful purpose.
I hereby relinquish any rights to examine or approve the finished product or products or the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in connection with an image that RUNFELLOW has taken of me or my liking, or the use to which it may be applied. I waive any ownership and publication right in connection with the Material, with the exception of the personal use of the Material as part of personal modeling portfolio. I waive my right to sell, license or publish any of the Material that to any person or entity.
I further release RUNFELLOW, and its founders, leaders, affiliates, officers, agents, volunteers, servants, or employees (“Releasees”) from any claims for remuneration associated with any form of damage, foreseen or unforeseen, associated with the proper commercial or artistic use of these images unless it can be shown that said reproduction was maliciously caused, produced and published for the sole purpose of subjecting me to conspicuous ridicule, scandal, reproach, scorn and indignity.
I waive any and all claims, demands, actions and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, that may be sustained by me, or any of the property belonging to me, while performing the photography session, or while in, on or upon the premises where the photography session was performed.
I HAVE READ THE FOREGOING INFORMATION AND UNDERSTAND THE WAIVER, RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK DOCUMENT. I FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN-UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY ACKNOWLEDGING THIS WAIVER, RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK DOCUMENT AND I HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE IT VOLUNTARILY.