If your idea of the perfect date is going for a run, you're not alone. There are plenty of single runners out there who are eager to meet someone who shares their passion for running. Follow these steps to increase your chances of meeting a future mate. Even if you don't make a love connection, you may find a great running partner.
- Register with a dating website for single people who love to run, such as RunningSingles.com or FitnessSingles.com. You can browse through profiles of runners in your area and select who you want to meet.
- Contact your local running club. Most local road running clubs offer group runs during the week and on weekends, and they're a great way to meet new people. Check out Road Runners Club of America to find the club closest to you. Many clubs also organize social activities, such as dinners and outings to running trails or out-of-town races.
- Find a charity group training program. Many not-for-profit organizations offer coaching and cover race expenses in exchange for your fund raising efforts. You'll meet lots of charity-minded people who also share your interest in running. I know lots of runners (myself included!) who have met their mates while participating in a charity running program. The biggest programs with many locations across the country include: the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, the Arthritis Foundation's Joints in Motion, and the Children's Tumor Foundation's NF Marathon Team.
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- Participate in local road races. Whether you're running or volunteering at a local road race, it's easy to start up a conversation with someone. You can talk about running, the course, your race performance, previous races that you've done, and plenty of other topics. Just make sure you stick around for the post-race food and awards -- that's a great time to socialize with other runners.