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The Top 4 running groups in the Santa Clarita Valley

December 18th, 2023 | 3 min. read

By Jen Azevedo

Among some circles, running groups have a reputation for being designated only for the experienced and fast, making them elitist or exclusive.

But the truth is, joining a running group can benefit both experienced and novice runners — no matter how far or fast you go. 

Running groups are a great way to participate in group exercise. You can meet new runners, learn new routes, and maybe after you’ve clocked the miles, hit the brew pub together for some IPAs.

In this article, you will learn what a running group is, the benefits of belonging to a running group, and what running groups are available in the Santa Clarita Valley.

IMG_9446What is a running group?

A running group is a group of people who come together to celebrate their love of running. Teams are often community-minded and will meet regularly to run together in their local area, incorporating distances for events or even organizing their event.

What are the benefits of joining a running group?

There are several benefits to running — but it can be a lonely sport. 

By joining a running group, you belong to a team you can celebrate with. Research shows that having friends who make healthy nutrition and fitness choices positively influences your own — resulting in better health and increased longevity.

  • Camaraderie 
  • Learn new routes 
  • More accountability
  • Peers to challenge you
  • Increased sense of connectedness

Newcomers can learn tips and tricks on everything from buying the best running shoes to cool routes to technique and injury prevention. Experienced runners can mentor the newbies and stay on track with their goals. Creating a team spirit can propel any runner to greater heights.

IMG_9444-1Can anyone join a running group?

Everyone is welcome to join most running groups. You may or may not have the same pace or race goals as everyone involved, but you can still be a part of the community and enjoy the spirit of the group.

What are the top 4 running groups in the Santa Clarita Valley?

There are four running groups to choose from in the Santa Clarita Valley, so you can have your pick. The running groups are listed in alphabetical order.

1. Paseo Club Walking (and Running!) Group

The Paseo Club walking and running group is for Paseo members and friends who enjoy training, talking, and participating in fun runs and races together! 

The group typically goes out on the amazing Santa Clarita paseos to enjoy their miles.

Where: The Paseo Club parking lot.
When: Thursdays at 7 am and Saturdays at 7 am. Smaller groups choose to meet at additional times based on upcoming races. 
Fee: Most of the group participants are also members of the Paseo Club, which has monthly membership dues. But this group is free and open to the public.
How to join: Contact Manager of Group Fitness Melanie Vovk to join. 

2. Runners Lane Marathon Training 

Runners Lane is a great group of people who can help you develop a training plan that will assist you in achieving success with your running goals. Ask fellow runners questions and get answers — plus tips, hints, and encouragement. 

This running group has been active for over 13 years with the help of Flo, the owner of Runners Lane. The group is open to all levels. 

Where: Locations vary
When: Thursday Fun Run at 5:50 pm, Saturday Morning Miles at 7 am, Tuesday Trail runs TBD each week.
Fees: Free
How to join: Join us on the FB group, come into the store, or meet them for a run!

IMG_94453. Santa Clarita Runners

The Santa Clarita Runners Club is a diverse group of more than 200 runners. They are committed to promoting running and fitness activities for runners of all ages and abilities in Santa Clarita. 

The members of this group bonded over their shared love for running.  Whatever your distance, they have runners that enjoy it. 

The club offers four weekly workouts — marathon training, a track workout, a 5-6 mile tempo/social fun run, and the 10-mile ”LoweBucks” run. 

Where: Locations vary
When: Sundays at 6:30 am, Tuesdays at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 pm, and Saturdays at 7 am. 
Fees: The cost is $35 for individuals, $50 for families, and $15 for students. Membership is based on the calendar year.
How to join: Visit Santa Clarita Runners and complete the membership form. 

4. SCV Trail Runners

SCV Trail Runners is a group of recreational and competitive trail runners. There is a pace for everyone, so newbies and experienced runners are welcome. This is a social group that is great for meeting other trail runners, finding similar goals, and enjoying camaraderie.  

Where: Group runs and other activities are posted on the group's FB page. Members can create their own activities. 
When: Check the FB page for the latest schedule. 
Fees: Free 
How to join: Visit the Facebook page for SCV Trail Runners and request to join.

IMG_9447Building community through fitness

Running on your own is challenging. You have to choose your run, maintain your motivation, and keep up with your hoped-for pace. 

Belonging to a running group can inspire you and make running more enjoyable. Group exercise helps people exercise harder and more frequently.

The Santa Clarita Valley boasts four running groups. If you are unsure which group is the right fit for you, meet with each one for a run and see how it goes. 

If you want to build mobility and cross-training into your fitness program, then consider checking out the Paseo Club by scheduling a tour.

Schedule a TourThe Paseo Club offers over 60 group exercise classes every week. Choose from Pilates, yoga, HIIT, cycle, and more!

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We also have tennis and pickleball courts, a junior-Olympic pool, and the option of small group or private training.

The cafe and clubhouse are great places to grab a bite or drink with other members and unwind after an intense workout. Childcare on-site makes your life easier!

The Paseo Club is your home away from home.

Jen Azevedo

Jen Azevedo is a tennis professional, pickleball professional, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and the general manager of the Paseo Club. She loves the community at the Paseo Club and that it is also a safe and fun place for her daughter. Jen’s favorite activities are joining her tribe for trail races or her partners for tennis matches. Occasionally Jen slows down to relax with a book — she reads over 100 a year!