A Revolutionary Way to Run
A group of Charlestown runners bring a social element to the solitary sport.
As the temperature drops and the sun starts to set while you're still at the office, it's easy to think of a reason to skip your workout. One group in Charlestown has found a way to stay motivated: Join 30 or 40 of your friends for a run around the neighborhood and then celebrate with post-run libations.
Kelly Flynn, a Charlestown resident, founded the Revolutionary Running Club earlier this year with the goal of connecting like-minded runners throughout the Greater Boston area who wanted to get more out of their runs while enjoying the social aspects of the sport.
Flynn, an experienced local marathon coach, realized that Charlestown had a large running community but no organized club of their own. This November, as the club enters its eighth month, the roster boasts more than 80 members. The majority of members hail from Charlestown but many come from the nearby neighborhoods of Cambridge, Somerville, Brighton and the North End to break a sweat under the shadow of the Bunker Hill Monument.
Deirdre Calbert, an avid runner and member from the beginning, calls the Revolutionary Running Club, "…one of the best organized running clubs in the city." From Tuesday track workouts, to Wednesday fun runs, runners can get involved a few days a week. If distance running is more your thing, meet the group outside Zume's Coffe House on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. for a long run along the Charles.
Flynn says, "The club is not only for elite runners, RRC considers itself a social and athletic club, providing various activities for all levels of runners and their families and friends. We pride ourselves on being a club for runners of all fitness levels and encourage anyone interested in running to come out and have fun with us while getting and shape."
In fun they trust
Fun is certainly part of the the club's mission; they even have their own self-appointed "Undersecretary of Awesome" in club member Sean Biggins. Biggins and Calbert recently participated in one of the group's "Pub Runs" or as Calbert described it, "five bars, five legs, five beers."
The tour of Charlestown bars starts the runners at Ironsides for a beer, they then hit the pavement and make their way to the Ninety-Nine, Sully's, and Tavern on the Water, making sure to stop at each establishment for a beverage along the way. They finally end their run with a nightcap at the Warren Tavern.
"Running can be a lonely sport so we really focus on the social aspect," says Flynn. It seems like her formula is working. Many friendships (and love connections) bloom as a result of the club's many activities. Members frequently sign up as a group for fun local road races like the upcoming Gobble, Gobble, Gobble and Jingle Bell runs in Somerville.
"Some of the more advanced runners in the group will be running the Marine Corp Marathon, the New York City marathon and Philly marathon over the upcoming season. After that, members will be gearing up for the Mecca of all running events, the Boston Marathon," says Flynn.
The club keeps runners motivated and helps them complete their runs safely. Trained coaches assist runners with their form helping them to prevent injuries and improve race times. A fee of $35 for individuals or $50 for a family gets you an annual membership.
Flynn said anyone is invited to join the club for a Wednesday night 5k run to see if the club is the right fit for them. Runners meet at Ironsides Bar & Grill, 25 Park St. at 7 p.m.
The fun runs are free for members and first time runners, all others pay a $5 fee. Check out a map of the weekly fun run route.