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Benefits of Group Running

Get Motivation and More By Running With Others


Updated April 04, 2013

Running is often thought of as a solo sport, but you're missing out if you always hit the roads by yourself. Ask someone to join you for a run or sign up for a local running team so you can enjoy the following benefits:

Safety First

Running Uphill
John Kelly
It's obviously much safer to run in pairs or with a group. If someone in the group gets injured or sick, there's always someone there to help. And potential attackers are more likely to strike a lone runner than they are a group.

More: Running Safety Tips

Creative Stimulation

Two Women Beach Running
Photo by Steve Casimiro
Some people prefer to run alone so they can sort of their thoughts and do some brainstorming. But running in a group may actually get your creative juices flowing even more than running solo because you're able to bounce ideas off other people.

Motivation Boost

Group running
Christopher Futcher
With group running, you get your own personal cheering squad. Members of running clubs and teams root each other on during races and support one another through long runs.

More: Ways to Improve Your Motivation

Improved Performance

Runners feet
Photo by John Foxx
Let's face it: Everyone thrives on a little healthy competition. When you're running with others who are encouraging you to run faster and harder, it's easier to take it to the next level.

Career Benefits

Two women running
Photo by Chase Jarvis
While some deals are sealed on the golf course, plenty of important business conversations have also taken place between runners on the road. Running with co-workers, clients -- even your boss -- is a great way to network and build your professional relationships in an unassuming way.

Expanded Social Circle

Older Couple Running
Anyone who has run with a group knows that it's a great opportunity to get to know people with similar interests. Many people (myself included) have met their spouse, significant other, or close friends through a running group or club.

More: How to Find Romance Through Running
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