Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Nik's Chicks
In this edition of Get To Know Your Running Clubs we spoke with Niki McLaughlin, mom, personal trainer, and a triathlete who wants to get other ladies moving! You'll most often find Nik's Chicks running through Oakville, Ontario.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Tell us a bit about your club history, how long has the club been around?
We started 11 years ago with a few moms and have grown to include over 300 runners over the years. It's a FREE social running group that meets three times a week. We train for 5km, 10km, 1/2 and some full marathons. We have some ladies participating in various triathlon distances in the summer depending on interest levels.
Tell us a bit about your members! What level of runners do you cater to?
We are a very welcoming group of female social runners - beginners and intermediate. You won't find too many hard core serious runners here! Some only come out once a week while other hit the group three times. We run all year round though some "hibernate" in winter and only run spring/summer/fall.
Are your group runs mostly casual or more structured workouts?
Mix of casual runs and structured workouts.
Any cost to be a member/join?
Nope! It's all free!
Is your group affiliated with any events?
Not specifically though we try to do some volunteering and when we settle on a group destination race I promote it through the website and Facebook page.
Any cool routes/ favourite areas to run in your city that you would like to recommend to other runners? Why do you like those?
Running through Lion's Valley park/16 Mile Ravine is so great in the summer because it's shaded and on trails.
Do you have any favourite local races? Outside of anything that you're affiliated with of course :)
Angus Glen 1/2 Marathon, Ottawa 1/2 Marathon and PEI 1/2 Marathon! We have done these as a group and had wonderful experiences :)
Anything else that we should know?
We may not be fast but we like to look good with quality Nik's Chicks logo'd clothing :) A big welcome goes out to ladies in the Oakville, Ontario are to give us a try!
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Looking for runs around Toronto?
You can find a full list of runs and races happening around Toronto at www.runguides.com/toronto/runs