These local running groups are all about building strength, promoting fitness, and connecting with the community through running. 

Running is one of those things that's more than a sport – it's a passion. For some, life is all about running. For others, it's a way to clear your head after a long day. Whatever the reason, those who run love it, live it, breathe it, and cherish it.

The culture of running has cultivated social groups based around the activity and running clubs have become very popular in recent years. Denver has quite a few running clubs in the metro area that connect groups of like-minded runners together for social gatherings, group runs, training help, and builds a support network for runners.

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Whether you're a seasoned runner or just getting into it, these eight local running clubs offer a connection to the running community in and around Denver.

Rocky Mountain Road Runners

The Rocky Mountain Road Runners has been bringing runners in the area together for 60 years. They welcome runners of all ages and abilities and has over 400 members. Some have been members of the group for over 20 years, which offers a monthly race series. The two- to 10-mile races are run on a handicap system, letting the slowest runners start first, and aim to involve runners of all levels.

You can check them out on Facebook for information on how to join and what events are coming up.

Moms RUN This Town

This is a free running club for women to support each other as they run. Walkers and runners are welcome (and fur babies count!). The group has a highly active Facebook group, with scheduled events, meet and greets, group runs, and more for all levels. They are part of a national group with over 500 clubs nationwide and have a dedicated chapter in Boulder, as well. 

Revolution Running

Revolution Running is a training and running club that welcomes all abilities and has groups in Denver, Boulder, Littleton, Longmont, and East Boulder City. With five ability groups and multiple scheduled group workouts each week, this running club wants to help runners improve and meet others while offering coaching and guidance. They have three seasonal programs and the club was started by runners who happen to also be experts in medicine and the science of exercise. Check out their webpageFacebook group, or email info@revolution-running.com for information and to find out how to join.

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Colorado Masters Running Association

This club is for runners 35 and up and is a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting running and walking for health and exercise. Membership is open to everyone, regardless of skill or running experience. The group host fun runs, training sessions, races, social events, and more all over the Denver metro area. You can email info@cmra.org or visit the group's Facebook page for more information on how to join.  

StrideMob

"I run because I can, I un for those who can’t." is the motto of this group, described as a community of strangers turned into friends. They welcome runners of all levels and promote a healthy and active lifestyle. They have a Monday Night Run Club, host tuning, biking, paddleboarding, and many more events. Membership is free, but events may require admission. Check out the website or their Facebook page for more information.

Colorado Frontrunners

This group is for those who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and family in the Denver metro area. Open to all, regardless of ability, gender, race, or age, this group supports all who want to participate. They have a weekly Saturday workout and trail run along the Front Range. Check out their Facebook page and website for information on how to join and to learn about upcoming events.

Denver Trail Runners

Denver Trail Runners is another free running club for trail runners in the Denver metro area. All ages, from kids to 70-plus, are welcome. They offer training opportunities, twice-weekly runs, and weekend outings to mountain races and other running events in Colorado. Building up strength, meeting other runners, and having fun out there on the trails are the focus of this group, which has almost 4,000 members on Facebook. Check out the website for information on events and how to get involved.

Regardless of why you run, where you run, or how long you have been doing it, there are a whole lot of other Coloradans out there who share the love of the sport.

What about you? Does a good run send all your troubles packing? Did we miss any great running clubs or communities in or around Denver? Give us the scoop in the comments section.