Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Golden Gate Running Club
In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with Catie Franklin about San Francisco’s Golden Gate Running Club (GGRC).
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Tell us a bit about the club history
The GGRC was established in 2001, I joined personally in 2014. We've always been a flourishing, fun run club - as far as I can remember, and as far back as I know!
Nice! Tell us a bit about your members.
We are as much (if not more) of a social club as we are a running club. We have runners of all levels and abilities, from the very fast and dedicated, to the casual Sunday morning "donut hut runners" (you can do a ~3mi loop out to the Dynamo Donut hut and back).
The bulk of our runners are fast to medium paced, if we're lacking on anything it would be more of a program for runners who are in the 11+ minutes/mile range.
Where/when do you usually meet and run?
On Wednesdays we meet at Kezar Stadium Track (7pm), on Sundays we meet at The Warming Hut at Crissy Field (10am) and run around the presidio or over GG Bridge. We also have some destination and other fun runs throughout the year (e.g., beer mile, denim mile, handicapped mile, field day, etc.)
You can check out the GGRC Website to get the most up to date information about group meet up locations and times!
Any cost to be a member/join?
We have an annual members due of $50/year. That covers runs, coaching, subsidized picnics, a banquet event, subsidized race entries and amenities for selected club races!
Are you affiliated with any events?
We tend to host a few of our own events every season including:
- Denim Mile (run a mile in full length jeans)
- Beer Mile (4 track laps, 4 beers)
- Field Day
- Handicapped Mile (runners start with a time delay based on how fast they can run, first one to finish wins)
Where are your favourite spots to run in/around the city?
The Golden Gate Bridge over and back, or, if you're feeling like a long run, continuing up into the headlands. Our group are also big fans of "planks" route, which is a loop out through the hills of the Presidio (7-9 miles) and can include Land's End to make it longer (10-11 miles).
Do you have any favourite races? Outside of anything that you’re affiliated with :)
Bay to Breakers and The Christmas Relays on Lake Merced ... we're big fans of costumed races!
Anything else that we should know?
We are as much of a social club as we are a running club! We host lots of social events, including monthly happy hours, and many of our runners hang out post-run (e.g., at Off the Grid in the Presidio on Sundays, or at a restaurant or bar in the Inner Sunset after track, for example). We run to have a good time :)
Want to learn more?
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Find more runs around San Francisco
Looking for runs in and around the bay area? The RunGuides San Francisco race calendar can help you find upcoming runs and running races in the area - www.runguides.com/san-francisco/runs