Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Longboat Roadrunners
In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with Michael Moran about the Longboat Roadrunners, named after famous long distance runner Tom Longboat. You’ll often find them running around the central and western areas of downtown Toronto. Michael is a marathon runner and the communications coordinator for the Longboat Roadrunners.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Tell us a bit about your club history, how long has the club been around?
Our club was formed in Toronto in 1980, when several road runners broke away from the U of T track club to form a primarily road running club. The name of our club is in honour of the great indigenous runner Tom Longboat. Longboat was a member of the Onondaga Nation who trained over many of the places we currently run and had a storied running career.
Tell us a bit about your membership? What level of runners do you cater to?
We currently have 150 members. Their ages range from 18-83 and their abilities are equally wide ranging. Some runners only run for fitness and others compete in various events up to marathons. Approximately 1/3 of our runners are in our coached programs.
Where/when does your club usually meet/run?
Wednesday evenings start at University Settlement (McCaul & Queen) at 6:00. Friday evenings start in High Park or West Toronto Collegiate (Lansdowne & College - track) at 6:15. Saturday mornings are mixed trail run in High Park at 8:30. Sunday morning long runs start at the West End YMCA (Dovercourt & College) at 8 or 9, depending on the time of year or University Settlement at 9:30, depending on the pace.
Any cost to be a member/join?
The yearly membership is $50 and $25 for FT students or Seniors. Coaching fees are an additional $50/year
Is your group affiliated with any events?
Any cool routes/ favourite areas to run in your city that you would like to recommend to other runners? Why do you like those?
Our favourite areas to run are along the MGT, where we tend to do our interval workouts. For hills we like to use High Park or the area around the Old Mill and the Kingsway. We have a hilly Sunday route that we do sometimes named the "Boston Special" that retraces a route that Tom Longboat used to train on prior to winning the 1907 Boston Marathon.
Do you have any favourite local races? Outside of anything that you’re affiliated with of course :)
Absolutely! Our club always send a big contingent to the Robbie Burns 8k, Chilly Half Marathon, Around the Bay 30k, Mississauga Half and Full Marathon, Tannenbaum 10k, and all of the Canada Running Series races in Toronto, especially the Scotiabank Half and Full Marathons.
Anything else that we should know?
If you are interested in running with Longboat, before signing up, you are welcome to come out with us for a few runs to see if we are a good fit for you. I'm very happy to answer any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Find more runs around Toronto
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