Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Atlanta Muslim Running Club
In this edition of Get To Know Your Running Clubs we spoke with Laila Kashlan from the Atlanta Muslim Running Club (AMRC). You'll most often find the AMRC running through Atlanta, Roswell, and Suwanee.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Hi Laila! Tell us a bit about your club history, how long has the club been around?
Our club was started by Arif Kazi. Arif started running for health reasons, but it wasn't long until he discovered that running is more than just a physical exercise. He began running with a few friends, and eventually, AMRC was established. AMRC has been active since August 2015.
Tell us a bit about your members! What level of runners do you cater to?
We have diverse group of runners ranging from total beginners to six-minute-per-mile marathon runners. It is very inspiring to see some of our members who started running with us in 2015 for the first time in their lives now run half-marathons.
Where/when does your club usually meet/run?
Our club usually runs Sunday mornings at different trails/parks every week. We rotate between 4 locations to tend to all our members.
Are your group runs mostly casual or more structured workouts?
Mix of casual runs and structured workouts.
Any cost to be a member/join?
AMRC is free for anyone of any running or walking ability to join.
Is your group affiliated with any events?
AMRC participated in the Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run 5K for the past two years. We are very proud to have raised $4500 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank to feed the hungry. We look forward to raising more next year!
Any cool routes/ favourite areas to run in your city that you would like to recommend to other runners? Why do you like those?
One of our favorite running trails is in Fowler Park. Fowler Park has a track that we have used for our speed workouts and also a beautiful trail overlooking the Chattahoochee River.
Do you have any favourite local races? Outside of anything that you're affiliated with of course :)
One of our favorite local races is the Peachtree Road Race, one of the largest 10K races in the world! The Peachtree Road race happened to fall during the month of Ramadan, where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. One of our team runners, Laila, did a video on her experience.
Anything else that we should know?
Even though our group is titled the Atlanta Muslim Running Club, we would like to point out that everyone is welcomed regardless of religion or beliefs. We are a diverse group of runners and enjoy the company of anyone who joins our runs.
Want to learn more?
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