FAQs

How do I join?

Come to a practice and introduce yourself! Find us on Facebook and be sure to join our email list by emailing run@brown.edu or submitting a form on the contact page.

When/where is practice?

We meet at the Bear Statue outside of the Nelson Fitness Center at 4:15 pm on weekdays and 10 am on weekends during the Fall and Spring semesters (we occasionally have practice at other times due to special events or races; see our calendar for accurate information). Arrive early to get some extra stretching in. There is no set end time for practices, as it depends on how long you plan to run. Generally, this will be somewhere between a half hour to an hour and a half.

What’s the time commitment like?

Our club has no commitment. Whether you are able to run with us every day or only once per month, we’d love to have you! If you plan on racing, we would like to at least see you present at our weekly workouts. Entry decisions for races with limited entries (such as regionals and nationals) are based heavily on practice attendance.

What should I expect?

We start practices with announcements, and then break into groups based on the paces and distances people want to run. We usually follow a run from our routes page, but sometimes we explore other areas of Providence.

A typical week of practices usually consists of one or two workouts, three or four steady runs, and one long run (typically held on Sunday). The workouts are held on the indoor track, outdoor track, or the roads depending on the workout type and the weather, and are designed for all runners. Training runs are generally between 4 and 10 miles.

Do I need prior running experience?

We don’t require a background in running, and we don’t have tryouts or cuts. Anyone who wants to run is always welcome to come to practice! That being said, members who come to practice frequently by definition run often, so our usual pace groups for regular runs will be between 7 and 9 minute/mile pace. As you’re getting into shape, we recommend coming on days labelled as regular or recovery runs (generally Monday and Friday, but check the current week’s schedule on our calendar) rather than workouts or long runs so that you’ll have more people to run with. We don’t require any prior racing experience to compete at meets.

Where do you run?

We run all over the city, and our favorite places include the waterfront by India Point Park, Blackstone Boulevard, and the East Bay Bike Path. Check out our routes page to view maps of our favorite routes.

Do you do any cross training?

Yes! We have regular aquajogging and lifting, as well as other activities when members want them. See our calendar for details. If you’re cross training and want other runners to join you, make an event on Google calendar and invite run@brown.edu.

Do you have any social events?

We often have informal team dinners and movie nights and sometimes have have larger events, like our end of year formal. We also have “destination runs” for donuts or coffee and themed runs on special occasions like Halloween, Daylight Saving’s Day, and Pi Day. We’ll announce these in emails, our calendar, and on Facebook.

What is the competitive team?

The competitive team, also referred to as the club cross country/track team, is the branch of the Brown Running Club for runners dedicated to racing in meets. There is no separation at practice between competitive and recreational runners.

We compete in many nearby cross country and track meets throughout the year, and are affiliated with NIRCA. Check the schedule to see this semester’s races. We’ll send out sign up forms for these meets in our weekly emails.

To compete on the competitive team, you must register through the club sports website. If you plan to complete in at least one race this semester, you must also pay our membership dues ($60/year). Dues can be paid through Venmo (@BrownRunningClub)

How do you keep track of your training?

Many of our runners use a GPS watch, such as a Garmin, to track their running. Some runners upload their runs to Strava, a running based social media site where you can follow and support other runners. Be sure to join the Brown Running Club group.

Where are the local running stores?

The closest specialty running store is Rhode Runner, 657 North Main St, (401) 831-6346